Compiled by SHARON WALEGA
Recorder News Staff
THIRTY YEARS AGO
* Mayor Mario Villa may resign to become the deputy director of the Fulton, Montgomery and Schoharie Counties Private Industry Council, in perhaps as few as two weeks.
PIC Executive Director Raymond K. LeRoux said this morning that he and Villa have had an “unofficial chat” about the mayor’s taking the deputy director’s position, but that Villa has not indicated a definite interest in the job to him.
LeRoux, who will make the decision on who is hired after he consults with the PIC board, praised Villa’s background and said he would “absolutely” consider the mayor a strong candidate for the job if he is interested.
* By Labor Day, the search for a person to replace city school Superintendent, Daniel J. Greco, should be narrowed down to three finalists.
Joyce Gorman, president of the city Board of Education, offered that goal after the selection process began last week with the selection of 15 applicants who would be interviewed.
And although board members may differ somewhat on the exact qualifications the ideal candidate must possess, all have agreed the person selected will have several years of classroom experience.
The search for his successor began shortly after his announcement, and at a special meeting last week the board called finalists from 44 persons who submitted applications.
The finalists, five of whom are from outside New York, will be contacted during the course of the next several days and asked to come to Amsterdam for interviews beginning Aug. 2.
* John Brisbin, director of the Amsterdam Free Library, said he was very grateful to receive a loan of 400 children’s books from the Mohawk Valley Library Association, but the library’s collection is so old and tattered that a major infusion is needed.
“We’re so glad (MVLA) answered our SOS,” Brisbin said. “But, helpful as these 400 books are, they’re only a thumb-in-the-dike solution to the problem. Not only do we have too few books in the library, but the books we own are too old, too tattered, too frequently mended.”
* Recent fundraising events pushed the medical trust to help Amsterdam resident Carmella “Carm” Marcellino to the 25 percent mark, a spokeswoman for the Amsterdam Savings Bank said this morning.
Pauline Caldarone said the trust account had a balance of $26,372 at the end of the business day Tuesday, more than one-fourth the $100,000 target figure set up by the committee to help Marcellino.
A radiothon sponsored by WMVQ FM-98 generated more than $1,000, a canister drive of local supermarkets brought in over $2,000, and a yard sale netted over $2,000.
Area businesses and organizations have banded together to help defray Marcellino’s six figure medical expenses for the liver transplant she needs to cure a rare form of cirrhosis of the liver. Her insurance is expected to fall more than $1,000 short of meeting the medical costs.
Jeff Weber, WMVQ FM-98 vice president and general manager, said pledges from the radiothon totaled $1,125 as of Monday morning, adding the station will continue to accept donations on behalf of Marcellino. The radiothon ran from Friday through Sunday.
The canister drive, which netted $2,010, was headed by Anthony Greco of Carmichael Street.
* The Pride in Amsterdam Committee’s work is having a ripple effect throughout the community, co-chairwoman Kathryn Blase told the group at its recent meeting.
Blase said some of the property owners contacted by the committee to clean up their vacant lots have done so, and others have adopted the committee’s idea of brightening up the city with flowers and other plantings by lining outside walls and driveways with them.
Montgomery County Court Judge Howard Aison, a member of the Act IV Teen Center Board of Directors, has announced that the center will donate $500 to the Sea Rams swim team of the City Center if team members become active in a project with the Pride in Amsterdam Committee.
Blase said she will develop a project for the swimmers, which may include cleanup work and writing letters to those with overgrown or litter-strewn properties.
Blase’s husband and co-chairman, Dr. William C. Blase, said he is looking into the possibility of further dressing up the city’s windmill, located near Thruway Exit 27, with brightly painted wooden flowers. Workers from the Kreisel Home Improvement Co. in Amsterdam volunteered their time last weekend to repair the structure, and Dr. Blase said the flowers would make it even more attractive.
* Daniel Richard Zielinski, son of Rich and Anne Zielinski, McNeir Ave., Amsterdam, was baptized July 13 at St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church by Rev. Joseph Markowicz.
Godparents are Kate Morrison and Don Rzasa, the baby’s cousin.
Maternal grandparents are Bill and Elaine Teeter. Paternal grandparents are Al and Sylvia Zielinski. Paternal great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Bob Cisek, all from Amsterdam.
First published July 23, 1986
FORTY YEARS AGO
* A private fact-finding session is slated for July 28 in Amsterdam for further contract negotiations for Amsterdam’s police and fire department personnel. Both the police and firemen are seeking salary increases and added fringe benefits for the current year, and the city, while yielding on some matters, is insisting it cannot afford to pay the increases and benefits requested.
Information released today by Joseph Jacobs, the city’s Corporation Counsel and its chief negotiator in the contract talks, specifies requests by the Teamsters Union, representing the police and firemen, and the city’s attitude toward the requests.
Contract negotiations between the Teamsters and the city for the current year have been conducted since March, Jacobs said, and to date, the two sides have failed to reach agreement.
* The Kresage Co. of Troy, Mich., expects to open a K-Mart discount store in the former W. T. Grant building on Rt. 30 in late September or early October, the firm said.
Ann Wolff, a spokesman for the chain, told the Recorder negotiations for the lease are not yet complete, but “we have every reason to expect it to be signed.” Wolff said no expansion of the 65,000 square foot facility is planned.
That the signing of a lease is near was confirmed by Michael Gordon of BPM Gordon Co., 99 Washington Ave., Albany. “It’s imminent,” Gordon said.
He added that the name of the plaza will be changed, although no new name has yet been decided on. Up until the bankruptcy of the W.T. Grant Co., the place was known as the Grant City Plaza.
The plaza has only recently become the property of the BPM Gordon Co. For about a year, title has been held by the Pioneer Savings Bank of Troy, which took it over after its original owners ran into financial difficulties. Neither Gordon nor the bank would reveal the time of the plaza’s sale to BPW Gordon Co.
Just yesterday, the Amsterdam Area Chamber of Commerce, revealed that the Kresage Co. would locate a store in the former Grants site, but would not reveal what the store would be. It has been widely expected to be a K-Mart, however.
John Reardon, executive vice president of the chamber, said the chamber in 1974 made approaches to a number of national firms, including Kresge, Sears, Montgomery Ward, Woolworth’s and others about their relocating stores in the Amsterdam area.
* Mrs. James Somerville, Wilson Avenue, has returned home after vacation at Watchhill, R.I. and New York City.
* Mr. and Mrs. Perry Vickers were surprised with a housewarming party recently at their new home on Perth-Johnstown Road.
The couple received gifts and money. Refreshments were served.
* Richard Betz and Greg Deitch won the duplicate bridge game this week at the Good Will Club. Mrs. Edward Picinich and Mrs. John K. Stewart took second place. Third place went to Mrs. Alex Finlay and Mrs. Grace Kipp.
* The board of lady managers of Sarah Jane Sanford Home for Elderly Women entertained women residents at a luncheon recently at the White Holland House with about 33 participants.
Mrs. John Thomson, entertainment chairman, and her committee, planned the annual affair.
At a recent board meeting, members accepted two applications for residency, presented by Mrs. William Orr.
Mrs. Orr and Miss Dorothy Niles reported on the death of 82-year-old Mrs. Martha Habla.
Mrs. William Hotaling reported on various home problems. It was noted that Mrs. Hotaling filled the porch boxes with flowers in memory of her mother.
A resident, Mrs. Mildred Gaugler, has supervised changes for the upper back porch, which will be used as a retreat on hot days.
It was announced that Steven Osowicki, staff member, is retiring for health reasons.
* Donations this month were from Mrs. Karl Weber, William Blain, Mrs. Steven Osowicki, Mrs. Martha Saulwater, Miss Elizabeth Wilson and Mrs. Alfred Vertucci in memory of Mrs. Habla.
* Mrs. Gordon D. Shaw, a former resident of Amsterdam, published her second book recently. “Sometimes The Stones Are Very Lively” is a humorous, religious type book. Jean Shaw describes the problems when a small church struggles with change and growth. A joyful, optimistic book, it was released on a nationwide basis by Zondervan Publishing Co. June 1. Her first book was “Please Don’t Stand Up In My Canoe.”
Mrs. Shaw, a Lynch High School graduate, earned a BS degree at Simmons College in Boston, Mass, and an MS degree from Northern Illinois University.
* Betsy Suhr, daughter of Frederick and Lucy Suhr, of Chopin Parkway, will participate in “Art a la Carte ’76,” a program operated by Mid-Continent Council of Girl Scouts in Kansas City, Missouri.
Miss Suhr, who is a member of senior troop 82 in Mohawk Pathways Girl Scout Council Inc., was chosen from 100 applicants for the cultural arts experience.
She will join 51 girls from the United States and Argentina for the event.
The educational department of the prestigious Nelson Gallery in Kansas City, Mo., will staff the classes. Participants can choose: sculpture, painting, drawing, textile arts, graphic arts, 20th Century arts, puppetry and filmmaking. The participants will reside at the living center of the Kansas City Art Institute. “Your Future in Art” will also be explored by the girls.
* Waves of American Bicentennial History will splash against the banks of the Mohawk River here tomorrow when New York State’s Bicentennial Festival Barge passes beneath the New Amsterdam Bridge around noon.
Packed with historical detail and display, the barge is scheduled to dock for two days of festivities adjacent to the Fonda-Fultonville Bridge and the fairgrounds. The barge will be open to visitors on Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Docking at Fonda at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow, the barge’s 20-member crew will be welcomed by the New York State Bicentennial Barge Committee of Montgomery, Fulton and Schoharie Counties. A welcoming dinner is planned for the crew at the Fonda Shrine of Catherine Tekakwitha.
A gala festival is planned at the Fonda Fairgrounds to accompany the bicentennial barge. Featured for the duration of the barges’ visit, the festivities include more than 100 crafts exhibits, and displays from industries throughout the three counties.
* When Evelyn McMartin was a resident of Amsterdam, she was known as an interior decorator. Now a Floridian for seven years she continues as an interior designer, but has added a new dimension, graphoanalysis, to her business.
Graphoanalysis is the study of handwriting, and Mrs. McMartin, who now operates Evelyn McMartin Interiors in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is a certified master graphoanalyst.
Once her hobby, her expertise in analyzing personality from handwriting, is now an important part of her decorating business which she operates with her daughter, Sharon McMartin.
“I use handwriting to determine which colors are best suited to my clients’ personalities. Different personalities have different color preferences which are reflected in their handwriting,” she says.
After studying traits and personality of her customer, she proceeds to build an atmosphere around the client’s total personality. This individuality is expressed not only through colors, but also through specially designed fabrics, wall coverings and mirrors.
Mrs. McMartin, who is the former Evelyn Voorhees of Broadalbin, is in Amsterdam with her daughter, Sharon, and visiting her son, James McMartin, and Amsterdam area friends.
First published July 23, 1976
FIFTY YEARS AGO
* Joseph V. Revella, supervisor of special education, member of the staff of pupil personnel services for the Amsterdam City School District will act as consultant for a workshop on special education for the Saratoga City School District.
The workshop, which will be held Tuesday, July 26, is being conducted under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
This workshop is designed to develop and improve the instructional program in Special Education classes and to provide enrichment experiences for students in these classes.
* Local high school students and two from Long Island leave July 29 by jet from Kennedy Airport, New York City, to attend a summer school program in Vichy, France, sponsored by the American Institute for Foreign Study of Greenwich, Conn.
The group will be chaperoned by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Barca, Division Street. Mrs. Barca is a French teacher at Roosevelt Junior High School.
Students attending are Patty Schwartz, Wendy Bullard, Kathy Polochacz, Marcy Dunning, Cathie Crawford, Donna Quattrocchi, Marlene Sapia, Carol Noonan, Kathy Nadler, Carla Skodinski, Mary Jo Belardi, Benita Martuscello, Lesley Quinlan, Patty Draws, Philip Barca, Peter Lemkin and Laura Heinzerling.
The students will attend language classes at Vichy over two weeks and after they have received course completion certificates they will travel to Paris for a four-day stay, visiting places of interest, before returning home on Sept. 5.
While en route to France, the group will land in London where they will spend July 30-Aug. 2 before crossing the English Channel to continental Europe. Then they will tour this chateau country of northern France by train, which will take them to Vichy.
The course was open to any American high school student of, the French language. The group consists of 13 Lynch High School Students, two from Bishop Scully Catholic High School and two from a Long Island high school.
* A neighborhood carnival for the benefit of muscular dystrophy victims will be held on Tuesday, July 26, at 39 1/2 Milton Ave. Mark Dylong, son of Mr. and Mrs. Felix Dylong Jr., will serve as ringmaster, assisted by his friends.
The carnival, which begins at 1 p.m., will feature bowling, penny pitch, fortune telling and a puppet show, Shoo-Shoo, the turtle, and Vince, the rabbit, will also be present. There will be a bake sale and entertainment by “The Dynamics.”
All proceeds will go to aid the fight against dystrophy and related diseases afflicting millions.
Last year, more than 12,000 carnivals were held by children across the country, and over $213,600 was raised for research and patient service programs.
First published July 23, 1966
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