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Church services

Amsterdam Jubilee Fellowship The Rev. Harlow Gordon 349 Forest Ave. 441-7541 Sunday — 10 a.m., Worship services. Monday — 8:30 p.m., AA. Thursday — 9 p.m., AA. United Presbyterian The Rev. Lynn K. Brown 25 Church St. 842-5455 [email protected] Sunday — 10 a.m., Easter worship with Communion. Monday — 8:30 a.m., A.A. meeting. Noon, Presbytery meeting. Tuesday — noon, Mary Martha meeting. Thursday — 9 p.m., AA meeting. Friday — 4 p.m., MVC kids. St. Ann’s Episcopal The Rev. Neal P. Longe 37 Division St. saintannsamsterdam.org Saturday (today) —  8:30 a.m., men’s grou. 9 a.m., Vestry Retreat – St. Paul’s of Albany. 10 a.m., morning prayer. Sunday — 8 a.m., Celebration of Holy Eucharist from the Book of Common Prayer with the Rev. Neal P. Longe presiding. 9 a.m., fellowship hour. 9:30 a.m., Celebration of Holy Eucharist. 11 a.m., fellowship hour, Bible study. 11:15 a.m., St. Ann’s vestry meeting. Monday — 9:15 a.m., Morning prayer. 10:15 a.m., Prayer Table. Tuesday — 8:15 a.m., Morning Prayer. Noon, Al-Anon. 7 p.m., Tuesday Night Live Youth Bible Study. Wednesday — 9:30 a.m., Morning prayer. 10 a.m., Bible study. 11:30 a.m., Holy Eucharist. 6 p.m., Girl Scout meeting. 6:30 p.m., Boy Scout meeting. Thursday — 10 a.m., morning prayer with Exposition and Benediction. Noon, Al-Anon. 5:30 p.m., evening prayer. 6 p.m., Women’s Prayer Group, Bible study. The Time for Truth Ministry The Rev....

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Mayor’s resignation was disappointing

When a person takes the office of mayor for the first time, it’s not unusual for them to express frustration with the other elected officials in their municipality that they must work with. What is highly unusual is for a mayor to resign after about a month in office. Yet, that’s what Fultonville Mayor Ryan Weitz did this week — in a letter emailed to the village’s Board of Trustees. In his letter, Weitz expressed frustration with claims by village trustees that “corruption and unethical behavior have been widespread in the village for many years” despite the fact that the same trustees have been in office for a combined 38 years. Weitz also criticized trustees for negative comments regarding the budget process and village clerk Thomas DiMezza and his wife, deputy clerk-treasurer Kathy DiMezza, both of whom also resigned this week. Thomas DiMezza has served for village clerk for 24 years. Trustees complained about being unaware of items in previous budgets despite having approved them. They also said the village lack ed transparency, yet Weitz said his offers to meet with them were ignored or rebuffed. In a previous letter sent to trustees on April 20, Weitz expressed his exasperation with their behavior. “The blatant hostility displayed by you all is unacceptable and, simply put; from my perspective, the position of mayor is not worth being constantly beat up...

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What’s happening

Today AMSTERDAM St. Mary’s Institute, 10 Kopernik Blvd., will hold a Family Kite Day from 9 a.m. to noon on the soccer field at the school, weather permitted. All participants should bring their own kites to fly. Families are welcome to bring blankets, folding chairs, coolers and picnic baskets. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For updates, check the SMI Facebook page. AMSTERDAM St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 24 Pine St., will hold a Bargain Basement Sale from 9 a.m. to noon. The event includes a $3 bag sale. AMSTERDAM The St. Mary’s Medical Mission Day will be held at the St. Mary’s Carondelet Pavilion, 380 Guy Park Ave., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event includes health services, medical assessments, screenings and interventions and more. All services are free. For more information, call Bri Giulianelli at 518-841-7448 or email [email protected] AMSTERDAM The Amsterdam Free Library, 28 Church St., will hold the “I Love My Library Walk” starting at 10 a.m. The 3-mile walk will start at the library, proceed over the new Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook pedestrian bridge, through the Port Jackson section of Amsterdam and end at the library. A free picnic with music will be held behind the library after the walk, around 11:30 a.m. For more information, call the library at 518-842-1080. AMSTERDAM A mental health support group will meet at St. Mary’s...

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Police reports

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department • Michael Howard Jr., 26, of 9 Northampton Road, Amsterdam, was charged April 29 with having a forged and expired inspection sticker. Deputies said Howard was observed driving on Manny’s Corners Road with an invalid inspection when they issued the traffic stop and found the forged inspection sticker. Howard was ticketed and is expected to appear in Amsterdam Town Court at a later date. • Edwin H. Atkins III, 36, of 80 Edge of Town Trailer Park Lot 21, Nelliston, was charged April 29 with resisting arrest, unlawful possession of marijuana and having an arrest warrant. Deputies said Atkins was found at his residence and fled into the woods. After a short foot pursuit, deputies said he was placed in custody. Atkins was found with a small amount of marijuana. He was processed at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and turned over to the village of St. Johnsville for the arrest warrant. • Melissa S. Adams, 34, 1706 Stone Arabia Road, Fonda, was charged April 29 with operating a vehicle with a suspended registration. Deputies said Adams was ticketed and is expected in Canajoharie Town Court May 18. • Christopher Spucches, 18, of 6870 W. Eighth Ave., Gloversville, was charged Wednesday with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration. Deputies said Spucches was driving on Miami Avenue in the town of Amsterdam when he...

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From the Recorder archives

Compiled by SHARON WALEGA Recorder News staff Thirty Years Ago • The Amsterdam Common Council rejected a no-bid deal and agreed to advertise for emergency bids to repair a faulty filter in the water filtration plant. Chief Plant Operator Michael Ryba attended the meeting and told the council the damaged filter could affect the color and turbidity of city water and said if repairs were not made immediately, other filters could also be damaged. Ryba called the situation an emergency and urged the council to transfer $45,330 to pay O’Brien & Gere Engineers of Syracuse for repairing the filter. Although the problem was first diagnosed about two months ago, Ryba said it took time for O’Brien & Gere to inspect the plant and come up with figures. Mayor Mario H. Villa recommended the council approve the transfer. But the aldermen instead asked why they were informed about the problem only last week. “This is a large sum of money,” said Second Ward Alderman Paul Constantine. “This didn’t happen overnight. . . . We could have gone out for bids.” “Two months ago we could have known about the problem,” said Third Ward Alderman Joseph Pepe. “That’s a lot of money to be fooling around with.” After consulting with Corporation Counsel Joseph Jacobs, the aldermen decided to request that Ryba draw up specifications and advertise for emergency bids. Fourth Ward...

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Renee H. Sowle

May 3, 2017 Renee H. Sowle, 32, of Gloversville, N.Y., joined her father, Phillip, unexpectedly on May, 3, 2017. Renee was born to Philip A. Sowle and Susan M. Bergen on June 6, 1984, in Amsterdam, N.Y. She attended Johnstown high school graduating in 2002, where shortly after Renee started her employment at Lexington Inc., and most recently was a residential manager where she loved all her ladies she supported. She loved her daughter, Jazzlynn “Jazzy” Sowle, more than anything, along with all her family. She will be missed greatly by all who knew her contagious smile. She was a music enthusiast, enjoyed retail therapy, hanging out with friends and most of all enjoyed spending time with her sister at her home sitting by the pool. Renee leaves behind her beloved daughter, Jazzlynn “Jazzy” Sowle; her mother, Susan M. Bergen; and her siblings, Darin Sowle (Lorraine), Ryan Sowle (Gina), Kelli Kenyon (Adrian), Arron Sowle (Samantha) and Heather Sowle (Ryan). She also leaves behind nine nephews and three nieces, with another special niece on the way, Averee. She was loved by all her aunt, uncles, and numerous cousins, along with special friends, Bar Dukes and Jamie Cross, and many other good friends. She joins her father, Philip A. Sowle, who passed in 2001; maternal grandparents, Helen and Walter; paternal grandparents, Ina and Clifford; as well as Jean Chase, her god-mother...

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Arthur G. Porcello

May 4, 2017 Arthur G. Porcello, 81, of Getman Road, Fonda, N.Y., passed away Thursday morning May 4, 2017. at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, N.Y., surrounded by his loving family by his side. Funeral services will be held Monday May 8, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at the Riley Mortuary, Inc. 110 Division St., Amsterdam, NY 12010, followed at 11:15 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial, which will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Church, 156 East Main St., Amsterdam. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fort Johnson, N.Y. Calling hours are Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Riley Mortuary. Memorial gifts in Art’s name may be made to St. Mary’s Church or to the American Heart Association, 4 Atrium Drive, Suite. 100, Albany, NY 12205. To send online condolences to the family, go to...

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State news in brief

Man guilty of reckless endangerment for Albany mall gunplay ALBANY (AP) — A man accused of firing a gunshot that panicked hundreds of people at an upstate New York mall has been acquitted of attempted murder and criminal weapon possession but found guilty of reckless endangerment. Albany County District Attorney P. David Soares says 20-year-old Albany resident Tasheem Maeweather was found guilty by a jury Friday afternoon. Defense lawyer Lee Kindlon says an appeal is planned. Kindlon denied the prosecution’s contention that Maeweather is a gang member and said police got the wrong man. No one was hurt in the gunfire outside an Apple store at Crossgates Mall near Albany on Nov. 12. Prosecutors said Maeweather opened fire on rival gang members after one punched him. Man admits setting fire that destroyed school sports gear SCHENECTADY (AP) — A 20-year-old man has admitted he helped set a field house fire that left a high school team in Schenectady relying on rivals for equipment for a playoff game. The Times Union reports that Shameek McDuffie pleaded guilty to third degree arson Wednesday. McDuffie will serve 16 months to four years in prison and has to help pay to replace the building. Police say McDuffie worked with two teenagers to set Notre Dame Bishop Gibbons High School’s field house on fire in 2016. The blaze damaged most of the football team’s equipment...

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On the corner of Railroad and East Main streets

When you stop at the traffic light by the Riverfront Center parking garage at the foot of the ramp after crossing the Mohawk River in Amsterdam, you are sitting on the site of the S. S. Kresge’s store that once stood at the corner of East Main and Railroad streets. In 1925, Kresge’s demolished an older building that stood there and built a two story department store. The store was enlarged around 1940. In 1966, Kresge’s itself was demolished to make way for the bridge ramp. Hugh Donlon predicted, “Hundreds who have watched the demolition will be saying in years to come, ‘I remember when…’” There are few people alive today, however, who can say “I remember when Lurie’s stood on that valuable corner.” The site was the home of the M. Lurie Department store from 1908, when Morris Lurie opened a branch of his store in Amsterdam, until 1925 when Kresge’s bought the corner. Born in 1857, Morris Lurie emigrated from Lithuania to Troy, N.Y., when he was 15. He started in business by selling merchandise from house to house. He was successful at it and opened a store in Troy. Over time he opened other stores in North Adams, Hoosick Falls, Little Falls, Schenectady and Amsterdam. When Kresge’s purchased the corner, Lurie’s moved to 97-99 E. Main St., the former home of the Amsterdam Theater (fka Neff...

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A lonely ride to Rochester

Folks are you ready to go on a train ride? Before getting on board I would like to ask when the last time you went on a train ride? For me it has been many years. Normally something involving distance will put me on a plane. I have also been on some bus trips which are usually short, but for the most part my daily form of travel is by automobile. My reason for taking the train recently was simple. I needed a one way ticket so to drive a car back home to Amsterdam.  First I had to purchase a ticket which today is a completely different process. No longer is it necessary to speak to someone face to face looking at you behind metal bars or a glass petition asking for a train ticket. Those are days gone by. Instead you pull out a laptop or cell phone and click on a destination. So are you ready for the journey? Let’s all put on our conductor’s hats and enjoy the ride. All aboard! First stop the Amsterdam Train Station located on West Main Street in close proximity to the north bank of the Mohawk River.  It’s a small red-brick rectangular building with a gabled roof. Do you remember the old New York Central Railroad station with its classic architectural design that was once part of this city’s...

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