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Today AMSTERDAM The Oktoberfest Run/Walk will be held at Riverlink Park from 8 to 11 a.m. The run/walk starts at 9 a.m. Race registration is $20 until Oct. 20 and $25 on race day. AMSTERDAM The Century Club, 130 Guy Park Ave., will hold a Psychic Fair from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $8 with additional costs for readings. For more information, contact Marlene Ehmer at 518-526-8012. AMSTERDAM The inaugural Oktoberfest Block Party will be held on Bridge Street in the South Side from 2 to 8 p.m. The event includes Fall treats, pumpkins, mums and corn stalks for sale; food, music, activities, vendors and more. AMSTERDAM Centro Civico, 143 E. Main St., will host Jumpstart’s Read for the Record program at 12:30 p.m. for all children who are preparing to learn to read. This year’s reading will be from the book, “Quackers” by Liz Wong. Following the reading, children will engage in age-appropriate activities. AMSTERDAM The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 101 will sponsor the 13th annual Amsterdam Halloween Parade at 1 p.m. The parade will start at the corner of Guy Park and Evelyn avenues with a review stand at 93 Guy Park Ave. The event features floats and vehicles representing the local community. Rain date is Oct. 28. CANAJOHARIE The Van Alstyne Homestead Society will present the Sixth Annual Soup Tasting...

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From The Recorder archives

Compiled by CHANTELLE DEROSE Recorder News Staff Thirty Years Ago • Student editors of the “RAM,” Amsterdam High School’s yearbook, have been appointed and are busy selling ads, taking photographs and starting to collect information for this year’s annual. Editor in Chief Michele Argersinger will oversee all areas of the book’s production and Michele Bush will be in charge of design. Art Editor Sandy Phillips and Computer Graphics Editor Christopher Kappler have designed special logos, type styles and other artwork to coordinate with this year’s theme, “A New Look at AHS,” focusing on the construction and renovation at the building. Jostens, the publishing company, has provided the cover design. The theme was introduced to the student body last week in conjunction with National Yearbook Week. Students were encouraged to wear their “newest looks” in hair and fashions, and Photo Editor Joe Pawlak capture the students on film to be included in the book. “We’re making special efforts to take ‘A New Look’ at freshmen, sophomores and juniors this year,” said yearbook advisor Lynn Parkis. “Underclassmen are being encouraged to join the RAM staff and they’ll be taking pictures of their classmates, writing stories and helping the senior staff lay out coverage of junior varsity sports and other activities involving underclassmen. This is their book too.” This will give next year’s staff experience, she added. Advertising Manager Marion Barber and...

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Guy Park Manor History, Part 2

Hindsight By Dan Weaver On Jan. 17, 1776, General Philip Schuyler, whose daughter would marry Alexander Hamilton, marched up the Mohawk Valley from Albany with 3,000 men to arrest John Johnson. The Tryon County Committee of Safety had sent Schuyler a letter on Jan. 11 warning him that Johnson had gathered 700 Loyalists along with munitions and supplies in readiness to fight the rebels. Little Abraham, Chief of the Mohawks, neutral at this point, had expressed to Schuyler his concern about bloodshed and offered to negotiate with Johnson. Schuyler refused his offer but stopped in Schenectady where he wrote a letter to Johnson telling him he did not want bloodshed and requesting “… that you will please to meet me tomorrow at any place on my way to Johnstown, to which I propose to March.” We know from a speech Schuyler made to the Six Nations on Jan. 21, 1776 that the place where Schuyler and his army met Johnson was Guy Park Manor, the home of Guy Johnson, who became Superintendent of Indian Affairs after the death of Sir William Johnson. At Guy Park Manor, Schuyler presented his terms of surrender to Johnson. Johnson had to turn over all cannons, arms and military stores. His Scottish soldiers were to be disarmed and six of them would become American hostages. Johnson was to be paroled and could keep guns and...

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A festive year continues with first Oktoberfest

Several years ago the duties of the city’s Recreation Department expanded to include promoting and organizing citywide events. The result — thanks to the department’s outstanding work and the support of local sponsors — has been an assortment of opportunities for the community to socialize, celebrate our heritage and enjoy the city’s riverfront. A splendid year of events continues today with the city’s first annual Oktoberfest on Bridge Street. With good weather in the forecast, we’re anticipating that today’s party will be as successful as this year’s Spring Fling, Riverfest and Italiafest. According to Recreation Department Director Robert Spagnola, they are expecting approximately 100 vendors for Oktoberfest including soups, bratwurst, and, of course, beer. The Oktoberfest theme will feature a costume contest, Stein Hoisting Competition, Pumpkin Bowling Contest and haystacking challenge. There will also be an appropriately named South Side-themed event — an Oktoberboccefest. The block party, sponsored by Brown’s Collision, will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. In addition, to the previously mentioned events, there will be other food choices, attractions and live music. For more information consult the Recreation Department’s website: http://www.amsterdamrecreation.com/events—activities.html We encourage folks to embrace the opportunity to enjoy the nice weather in a festive and beautiful atmosphere right here in Amsterdam....

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No thanks for volunteering

Hold that Thought By Mike Lazarou So far everything happening in our city is fine and dandy. Things are getting done with no complaints or concerns. Right? Before agreeing with me, I would first like to talk about a couple of recent observations in our “wacky world of local politics.” If you think everything is peaches and cream I would suggest you take a step back and observe for yourself some of the strange workings within our political circus. It’s not like everything is all out of sorts but don’t think for one moment everything is perfect. Do you recall some of the past feuds that occurred among our elected officials? Let me refresh your memory to say that in the past a disagreement between elected officials would usually start off in a calm manner. Suddenly within a matter of milliseconds something would occur. The discussions would change into a battle of personalities followed by a grudge match. I thought (like many) that with some of our newly elected officials the days of petty politics would be over. Upon reading a recent local story I find the pettiness has once again resurfaced. I’m beginning to wonder if what we are seeing is a fairy tale story of politicians glossing over the reality of what truly is happening. Let’s face it folks there are some politicians who are brash and outspoken while...

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Mary E. Sandy

October 20, 2017 Mary E. Sandy, 93, of Amsterdam passed away on Oct. 20, 2017, at the River Ridge Living Center in Amsterdam. Born in Amsterdam March 15, 1924, she was the Daughter of Joseph and Antoinette (DeAngelo) Naple. Mrs Sandy moved to Little Falls at a early age attending Little Falls Schools, then moved to Amsterdam in 1946. She was employed at Jerry’s Coffee Shop for 20 years, retiring in 1991. She was a member of OTMC and was married to Herman “Moe” Sandy June 30, 1946. He was deceased Nov. 30, 1992. Predeceased: sisters Rose Tisi, Margaret Dunkailo, Doloris George, and Janet Martin; brother Jerry Naple; nieces Linda Shaffer and Cassandra Centar; and best friend Anne Colistra. Survived: sister-in-law Sharon Bosch of Little Falls, N.Y.; Ron (Susan) Centar; Scott and Traci Centar of Amsterdam; nieces Debbie (Donald) Roberts of Frankfort, N.Y., and Kelly Richard of Little Falls, N.Y.; nephews Anthony (Barb) George of Little Falls, N.Y., David George of Little Falls, N.Y., Leonard (Debra) Tisi of Mindt, N.D.; and several great-nephews and -nieces. A Mass of Christian Burial will be officered Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. Burial with Follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Calling hours will be Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at De Stefano Funeral Home, Rt. 5-S, prior to church services. Memorial contributions may be made to St....

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The Recorder – 10/20/2017

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Waste treatment tech company eyes Glen business park

Morgan Frisch/Recorder staff George Bevington, of Gerhardt LLC, which is a Lystek consultant, and Rick Mosher, the chief technology officer for Lystek, give a presentation Thursday at the Glen Town Hall regarding a project proposal in the Glen Canal View Business Park. By MORGAN FRISCH Recorder News Staff FULTONVILLE — A waste treatment technology company is looking to move into the Glen Canal View Business Park. Officials from the Glen Town Planning Board heard a preliminary proposal from Lystek officials during its meeting Thursday. Rick Mosher, the chief technology officer for Lystek, and George Bevington, of Gerhardt LLC, which...

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State critical of GASD special education for fifth year

By JOHN PURCELL Recorder News Staff State officials are requiring the Greater Amsterdam School District to undergo an intervention effort to improve the performance of students with disabilities after consistently not meeting expectations. The New York State Education Department for the fifth consecutive year has designated GASD as “needs assistance” in implementing requirements of Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) because of performance outcomes of students with disabilities. IDEA Part B pertains to providing assistance for all children with disabilities. State Education Department officials are requiring the school district to engage in a Coordinated Intervention during the 2017-18 school year, which involves a joint effort of the Special Education Quality Assurance Eastern Regional Office and the Capital District/North Country Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Center. “In partnership with the district, the goal of this effort is to determine and address the factors that affect performance outcomes for students with disabilities,” Diane Avery, regional supervisor for SED Special Education Quality Assurance, said in a Sept. 18 letter to GASD. Emily Lawyer, director of GASD Student Support Services and Special Education, informed the Greater Amsterdam Board of Education about the “needs assistance” designation during its meeting Wednesday evening. Lawyer said the designation was tied to state assessment results for students with disabilities. In 2017, approximately 227 students with disabilities took a state English language arts (ELA)...

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Annual Fonda library fundraiser set for Saturday

By MORGAN FRISCH Recorder News Staff FONDA — St. Cecilia’s Church will be filled with rich, homemade treats Saturday for the 9th Annual Taste of Chocolate Fundraiser to benefit the Frothingham Free Library. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2.50 for children. The ticket price includes chocolate items, beverages and live music. “They [the chocolate items] could be cookies, it could be candy, it could be cupcakes,” Frothingham Free Library Director Sherri Kirschman said. If tickets weren’t purchased in advance, they will also be available at the door. The event includes a basket fundraiser. Tickets are $1 and there are at least 66 themed baskets available to win. Attendees do not need to be present at Saturday’s event to win if they purchased raffle tickets in advance. Kirschman said the baskets were made by some businesses, organizations and a lot of patrons and people who really support libraries. There is an individual box for tickets for each basket. Kirschman said some are filled with games, gift certificates or items for dogs or cats. She said some businesses have sent tickets for attractions like the Via Port Aquarium and Utica Zoo. Kirschman said there is a basket with items to go to the beach, a crock pot and homemade cheesecake. Three local artists have also donated some of their work. Kirschman said this is...

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