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F-FCS receives grant supporting literacy program

FONDA – Fonda-Fultonville Elementary School is proud to announce it has received a $1,000 grant from the International Paper Foundation. It will be used to purchase books and materials needed for the school’s literacy program. Over the past several years, Fonda-Fultonville has focused on a literacy approach that differentiates instruction for each elementary school student based on their strengths and needs. The grant will be used to create a Leveled Literacy Library to ensure each child has access to “just-right” reading materials at home (i.e., books that are at their reading level). Students will be encouraged to check out library books from the Leveled Literacy collection, bring them home to share with parents and return them the following week for another selection. “We are incredibly grateful to have received this grant from the International Paper Foundation,” Fonda-Fultonville Elementary School Principal Darcy Williams said. “It will allow us to put high-interest books into students’ hands, which will motivate them to read more. It also gives our teachers the resources they need for reading and writing workshops in their classrooms.” “We are happy to purchase materials for the Leveled Literacy Library,” International Paper Foundation Executive Director Alissa Campbell Shaw said in the grant announcement. “We hope that this grant will make a difference in your community. It is a pleasure to be among your...

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EU leaders to May: Match Brexit promises with real proposals

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders told British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday to match her goodwill pledges to boost Brexit negotiations with concrete proposals if she really wants to start discussing a future trade deal by December. May used a dinner at a Brussels summit of the 28-nation bloc to push her call for urgency on trade talks and get a deal she can sell at home in the British leader’s latest attempt to reinvigorate the divorce talks. “We must work together to get to an outcome we can stand behind and defend to our people,” May told the leaders, who left less than fully convinced. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said he understood May’s desire to move things along. “I get that. I also want deals I can sell at home.” “We still have 1½ years but we have to make haste,” he added. But since a conciliatory speech by May last month, EU officials have become increasingly impatient about a lack of detailed plans from Britain. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said May is making more of an effort with EU partners toward a Brexit deal, but it was “not enough.” Rutte agreed. “We will need more meat on the bone,” he said. Rutte was talking about the money that Britain will owe the EU for previous commitments it made once it leaves in March 2019....

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Kenneth John Van Wie

October 15, 2017 Kenneth John Van Wie, 82, passed away Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, following a day spent with his family watching his favorite football team, The New England Patriots, win yet another game. Ken was born on Sept. 27, 1935 in Amsterdam, N.Y., to Martha Arndt and Alfred Van Wie. He graduated from Fonda High School in 1953 and went on to attend Penn State and had remained a loyal Nittany Lion fan. Ken married Bernadette Mahon at Sacred Heart Church in Tribes Hill on Sept. 11, 1965. Starting at the age of 15, he began his first job as an organist, earning $5 a service at the Tribes Hill Presbyterian Church. Throughout his lifetime, Ken played the organ at The Fonda Reformed Church where he served as the choir director for 25 years. In “retirement,” Ken resumed being an organist and played at the Fultonville Reformed Church, along with Holy Trinity in Johnstown and Holy Spirit in Gloversville. Ken was employed as the manager of Patton’s Health Food Store in Schenectady. He and his wife, Bonnie, then went on to own and operate Dawncrest Adult Home. He also worked at Liberty Enterprises, where he worked awake night shifts and loved to bake. Ken was preceded in death by his siblings, Margaret Riska, William Van Wie and Lois Brown. Ken was the kindest and most devoted husband, father,...

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Answers about ‘Kevin Can Wait,’ ‘Elementary’

By Rich Heldenfels Tribune News Service You have questions. I have some answers. Q: So, I’ve been watching “Kevin Can Wait” and was wondering what happened to his wife from last season? I obviously missed the episode where she passed away. A: CBS has become a network where TV spouses don’t make it through the summer. Lately questions about what happened to Kevin Gable’s wife on “Kevin Can Wait” have been running second only to questions about what happened to Danny Reagan’s wife Linda on “Blue Bloods.” (To recap that answer, Amy Carlson, who played Linda, decided to leave “Blue Bloods” after the end of last season, and the new season began in the aftermath of Linda’s death in a helicopter accident. In other words: There was no “Linda dies” episode, however much fans believe they deserved one.) On “Kevin,” the show’s makers decided to bump Leah Remini up from guest star to series regular opposite “Kevin’s” Kevin James; the two actors had a devoted TV following from their long run together on “King of Queens.” With Remini on board, the show decided to drop Erinn Hayes, who had played Kevin’s wife Donna. That led to Donna’s demise. But – and here’s where “Kevin” fans were either confused, ticked off or both – while one CBS executive promised that Donna’s passing would be treated with “dignity and respect,” the...

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Redo the phony Iran deal

By Jay Ambrose It is bogus, it is dangerous, it was built on lies and capitulation, cheating has been going on, the so-called inspection system is a farce, and President Donald Trump wants to do something about it, this nuclear arms deal with Iran. Every 90 days the president has a responsibility to decertify the program if Iran has overstepped the bounds. It has and he did, but did not say we were walking out of the seven-party agreement that will almost certainly stay in place. All kinds of options are nevertheless open. U.S. economic sanctions could be renewed by Congress, and there could be an effort to renegotiate a plan that allows Iran to continue its march toward horror as all obstacles are gradually removed. The anything-goes applause team says wait a minute, all is hunky dory, hope is absolutely justified and no certification rules have been broken. That is absolutely, unmistakably 100 percent wrong. A major certification provision has been shattered. It says the president can certify the deal only if Iran is verifiably and in every respect heeding what it calls for. Iran adamantly refuses to allow the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency to inspect its military bases, and, in so many words, the head of that organization has finally conceded we therefore have little idea what deadly mischief Iran could be up to. This is no small...

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Victory over the Islamic State is near. Then what?

The once-fearsome Islamic State army now staggers through its last days. U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters declared Tuesday that they had recaptured Raqqa, the self-proclaimed capital of the fast-crumbling caliphate. That is a swift and remarkable achievement for an improbable coalition of global friends, enemies and frenemies who looked past other conflicts to focus on crushing the barbarous Islamic State. Does this portend an interlude of relative calm in the Middle East? Sadly, not likely. Three thoughts about the terrain ahead: • The Islamic State, the army, is in shambles. But the Islamic State, the jihadist rallying cry, will likely continue to inspire terror attacks around the globe. That calls for a stronger global strategy to quash the group’s online recruitment and radicalizing of young people. • Ally vs. ally: Iraq’s army and Kurdish fighters, two U.S. allies, helped defeat the Islamic State. Unfortunately they’re now skirmishing with each other. Iraqi government forces have reclaimed control of the Kurdish northern city of Kirkuk after the Kurds voted to seek independence several weeks ago. Neighboring Turkey and Syria also oppose Kurdish independence. Absent strong U.S. diplomacy, the threat of civil war looms. • Chaos equals opportunity for U.S. adversaries Iran and Russia. Each used the fight against the Islamic State to increase its footprint in the region while diminishing the threat from the Islamic State. How will Washington and ally Israel respond...

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Police reports

Amsterdam Police Department • An employee at a Division Street business reported a larceny Sunday evening, Oct. 8. The employee said at some point during their shift that day someone had entered the business and stole their cell phone. Police obtained security video and an investigation was ongoing into the incident. • A James Street resident reported Monday afternoon, Oct. 9, someone had apparently entered their backyard and stole an aluminum brake. An investigation was ongoing into the incident. • A Market Street resident reported Wednesday morning, Oct. 11, someone overnight had apparently entered their unlocked Kia parked in their driveway and stole a wallet, currency, personal papers and sunglasses. • A Bartlett Street resident reported Wednesday morning, Oct. 11, a window had been broken, but how it occurred was not known. • Police responded to East Main Street near Vrooman Avenue for a reported fight Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 11, and located several people at the scene. Police did not observe a physical altercation and individuals were dispersed from the area. • An Academy Street resident reported Wednesday night, Oct. 11, someone had scratched their Ford Focus, left a black mark on the side of the vehicle and loosened lug nuts on it while parked on the street. • A city resident reported Thursday morning, Oct. 12, someone overnight had apparently entered their vehicle parked in their driveway and...

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Academic achievements

Living-Learning Communities promote engagement, volunteerism ALBANY — Living-Learning Communities (L-LC) at the University at Albany bring outstanding new transfers into a community of learners who live on the same residence hall, take some classes together, build a strong relationship with their L-LC lead professor and study and participate in co-curricular activities around the theme or intended major of the L-LC. These students are engaged in their studies. Student Engagement, housed in the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, welcomed approximately 110 new transfers into L-LCs this fall. The students who participate in this program include: • Iluminada Aponte of Amsterdam. • Marvyn Robles of Amsterdam. Darling awarded Deans’ Scholarship at SUNY Oswego OSWEGO — Michael J. Darling, of Northville, who is majoring in graphic design, was awarded a Deans’ Scholarship from SUNY Oswego. The award recognizes past academic achievement and potential for success. SUNY Oswego honored more than 900 incoming students with merit scholarships. Outstanding first-year students are offered Presidential Scholarships of $20,000 ($5,000 a year for up to four years), $6,000 Deans’ Awards ($1,500 a year for up to four years), $3,000 Merit Awards ($750 a year for up to four years) and, for outstanding students from outside New York state, Destination Oswego scholarships of $5,000 to $9,000 a...

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Broadalbin Senior Citizens

The Broadalbin Senior Citizens met on Oct. 18, 2017, at the First Presbyterian Church in Broadalbin with 52 members present. Prayer was offered by Mary Peck with June Zea leading the Pledge of Allegiance. The meeting was called to order by President Toni Hallenbeck. June Zea did the roll call. Nancy Weiss read her secretary report and Jennifer Gilston gave her treasures report. Joann Weisner gave a report on the Christmas party, which will be held on Dec. 14, 2017, at the Holiday Inn at noon.  Instead of a grab bag, the club voted to have each member bring in an toy for a child this year. Any questions, please contact Joann Weisner. Judy Rosenzweig reported that the Broadalbin-Perth School District is having a Tech Talk for Senior Citizens from 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. Lunch will be served.  Reservations are required. Judy also has asked that members bring in signed Christmas cards to go to the deployed troops at the next meeting.   Thank you notes were received from the deployed we sent packaged to stating their many thanks. Special thank you to all the seniors who donated items for the deployed, and Neil and Sue Moyer, who helped pack the boxes. The Halloween party will be on Nov. 1 and members were asked to bring in a black sharpie and dress up if you would...

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Anthony (Tony) Peter Alexander

April 4, 2017 Mr. Anthony (Tony) Peter Alexander passed away on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Hospital South in Riverview, Fla., after a long illness. He was born on April 2, 1942, in Amsterdam, N.Y., to the late Anthony and Sadie (Symon) Alexander. Anthony grew up in Amsterdam and Hagaman, N.Y. He graduated from the former Wilbur H. Lynch High School in Amsterdam, N.Y., in 1960. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1960 through 1964. He served aboard the destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy Junior DD850 and participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis. He worked for the General Electric Company for many years, both in Schenectady, N.Y., and Atlanta, Ga. He received his business degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. He was a Ham Radio Operator and bowled in the Friendly League for many years. He was also an avid deer hunted and especially enjoyed boating on Sacandaga Lake. Anthony is survived by his spouse, Shirley Alexander of Apollo Beach, Fla.; his daughter Claudine (Al) Leger; granddaughters Kayla Leger, Morgan Leger and Alyssa Leger, all of Gibsinton, Fla.; and brother Richard J. (Linda) Alexander of Montpelier, Va. Funeral services were held at the convenience of the family and were entrusted to the Jendrzejczak Funeral Home, 200 Church St., Amsterdam, N.Y. Please submit on-line condolences at...

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