Compiled by SHARON WALEGA
Recorder News staff
Thirty Years Ago
• State police divers planned to check the east bank of the Schoharie Creek near the fallen Thruway bridge today as the search for bodies and wreckage continued.
Divers hope the state Department of Transportation will close the dam at Lock 12 of the Erie Barge Canal near Fort Hunter. If the dam is closed it will slow the creek currents and make their jobs easier said Tpr. Michael Brosnan of the Duanesburg barracks.
Brosnan said the flow may slow from Tuesday five and a half or six knots to four knots — about seven or eight miles per hour.
Seven mph may sound slow, but in the water, “it feels like a hurricane,” Brosnan said.
“We don’t worry about the depth, it’s the speed” that concerns the divers, he said.
• Amsterdam aldermen had a lukewarm response to Mayor Mario H. Villa’s budget proposal for fiscal year 1987-88.
Although pleased that taxes were not raised, they also said figures will have to be rearranged to pay for about $377,000 in road repairs and equipment, which was not budgeted in the $11.5 million spending plan.
Villa said that the city may have to borrow to pay for road repairs and equipment because there is no longer enough money in the fund balance to cover those costs. He added that the state Department of Audit and Control recommended the city retina a fund balance equal to 10 percent of the budget.
Second Ward Alderman Paul Constantine agreed that a healthy chunk of money should be left in the fund balance to pay for emergency items, but said road repairs and equipment would also have to be purchased.
Fourth Ward Alderman David Pietrusza said he was not surprised that the tax rate will remain at $44.65 per $1,000 in assessed valuation.
“I would be upset if there were a tax increase when you’re sitting on a $1.5 million surplus,” he said. Villa has proposed using $997,000 of that surplus for the general fund to avoid a tax increase.
Pietrusza questioned Villa’s statements that the city should borrow money for the roads program while retaining $608,000 in the fund balance.
• Parents of Barkley Elementary School students, concerned about their children’s safety while walking to school along the Route 5S Thruway detour, will march on Monday to publicize their fears.
A dozen children in grades kindergarten through six walk along Route 5S to classes each day, and traffic that would travel the Thruway has parents and members of Barkley’s Parent Teacher Association concerned that it is only a matter of time before an accident happens.
The parents also will attend the Greater Amsterdam School District’s Board of Education meeting to ask that children be allowed to ride buses to school during the period that traffic is detoured around the fallen Thruway bridge over the Schoharie Creek.
• Amsterdam Post 55 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will be the host post for the annual Loyalty Day Dinner and Dance of Old Tryon County Council in the post rooms, 131 East Main St.
Joseph Leone, commander of Post 55, announced that a reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. The guest speaker for the dinner will be Donald DeVito and Harold Klump will be the toastmaster. Other speakers will be Casi Pesta, council commander; Rae Pinto, council president; and Belle Bruse, district president.
• A free blue bird box was given to each person who signed up as a member of the Audubon Society at its membership drive held recently at the Amsterdam Mall. Norma Parsons and Alice Montgomery signed up a new member, Irene Cross.
— First published April 22, 1987
Forty Years Ago
• The American Polonaise Society set Labor day, Sept. 5, for the “Dozynki” Harvest Festival to be held at Bishop Scully High School. Anthony Draus and Stanley Mroczek are general chairmen of the event. The “Dozynki” program, under the direction of Louis Zajaczkowski, will include the traditional wreath, ceremonies and wagon ride by the harvesters, dancers and singers. Festivities at Bishop Scully High School are slated to begin at 2:30 p.m. and will be followed by dancing to the Rymanowski Brothers Orchestra. More details will be given later and tickets will go on sale in the near future.
• The Third Ward Senior Citizens held an Easter party recently at the St. Casimir’s Social Center. Dinner was served to 70 members and friends by a committee including Mrs. Bernice Schell, Mrs. Anna Urbelis, Mrs. Stella Vitas, Mrs. Gertrude Sauval, Mrs. Catherine Mazur, Mrs. Julia Gawrelski, Mrs. Catherine Syzdek, Mrs. Jean Zostant, Mrs. Helen Miler and Peter Miller.
In the absence of the group’s chaplain, Rev. Anthony Grigaitis who is visiting friends in Canada, the invocation was given by Rev. Robert K. Baltch. After dinner the group played games. Prizes were donated by the committee. Mrs. Sadie Medwid and Mrs. Bernice Kolpakas won the larger prizes.
Mrs. Nellie Nardo was welcomed as a new member. Mrs. Jean Slaveikis, Mrs. Anna Padolec, Mrs. Stella Draus, Mrs. Ann Korona and Miss Brenda Korona were guests.
Mrs. Michaelina Nicotera was reported ill at the St. Mary’s Hospital. Convalescing at home are Mrs. Mary Zirlo and Mrs. Mary Sisario.
Plans were finalized for a bus trip in September to the Pennsylvania-Dutch Amish country. Reservations will be accepted by Mrs. Medwid.
At the April 27 meeting members with April birthdays will be honored. They are Mrs. Isabel Svoba, Mrs. Sally Henry, Mrs. Vera Sleezer, Mrs. Mary Emanuele, Mrs. Vita Constentino, Mrs. Mary Adams and Larry Torrisi.
• Two Amsterdam High School students, Barbara Lepper and Gary Castler, have been named to the New York Lions State Youth Band, a 100-member group that will perform at next month’s Lions’ convention in Rochester.
Miss Lepper, a senior, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Lepper, of Yale St., and Castler, a sophomore, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Castler, of McKay Rd.
The local high school musicians are being sponsored by the Amsterdam Lions Club.
• A resolution will be presented at the next meeting of the Amsterdam Common Council to increase the maximum allowable income for senior citizens participating in a city 50 per cent property tax exemption program. There are reportedly 500 property owners in the city already paying only half their normal city property taxes under the present program limit.
First Ward Alderman Vito Dandreano has requested City Corporation Counsel, Joseph Jacobs, to draw the resolution which will increase the maximum allowable income for persons applying for the exemption from $5,000 to $5,500. He had originally asked for a $6,000 limit but subsequently reduced the limit request after studying the proposal.
Dandreano told the Recorder his interest in the maximum income limit increase was to protect senior citizens who have in the past qualified for the city property tax exemption but may be bumped from the exemption due to a cost of living increase in Social Security checks.
Dandreano said he is only trying to protect those people and not increase the program. He therefore trimmed the original $1,000 maximum allowable income increase to $500 to find out its effect. He said he will introduce a companion resolution asking the city assessors to inform the council of what impact any more maximum allowable income increases would have on the tax base.
“I’m just looking to protect people in it (the exemption program) now,” Dandreano said.
• Knights of Columbus Council 209 will hold a Formation or Second Degree of the Columbian Order in the council chambers, according to John P. Bien, grand knight.
Candidates for the degree will report to Stanley Dylong, council warden, at 7 p.m. April 25 in the main hall.
The conferring of the degree will be under the direction of Louis R. Ferraro, district deputy of the 79th New York State District Knights of Columbus.
Ferraro strongly advised all candidates eligible for the degree to be in attendance, so they may qualify for their Knighthood or Third Degree in Amsterdam, June 5.
Candidates are William Bartyzel, Anthony Centi, Albert DeRose Jr., John DeStefano, David Dreznek, Ronald P. Jemmott, Leonard Korona, James Lavignia, Stephen Lisicki, Anthony Marcellino, Gary J. Pollak, Raymond Pomykaj, William J. Pope, Christopher Pasquarelli, Joseph M. Sciarrino, Frank C. Sisario, Thomas Tambasco, David Van Wormer, Mark Van Wormer, Peter Vertucci, Martin S. Vidulich and Louis J. Zaccardo.
— First published April 22, 1977
Fifty Years Ago
• Welcome Lodge No. 829, F&AM, will hold a special communication on Tuesday evening at which time the annual “Ladies Night” will be held.
Lodge will open at 7:30 p.m. and a short business meeting will be conducted by the master, Richard H. Pelham.
At 8 p.m. the ladies will be the special guests of the lodge for a program in the lodge room.
The program will start with a “Fashion Show” with all of the latest spring fashions being displayed. This special program is being presented by the New Paris Shop.
Gifts will be presented to each lady present, a buffet luncheon will be served, and dancing will conclude the evening.
Simon Muskat is in charge of the arrangements, with other lodge officers assisting.
Members of Artisan Lodge, sojourning members, and their wives are invited to participate in the affair.
• The Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps will sponsor a testimonial dinner for the Rev. Donald L. Jansen, pastor of the Forest Avenue Methodist Church, who was the primary force in the organization of the local ambulance service.
The testimonial will be held May 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Columbian Community Center.
Robert M. Long, president of GAVAC, has appointed Sal Battaglia as general chairman for the dinner and his committee includes Mrs. Robert Ahrens, Mrs. Charles Mahoney, Mrs. John Miller Jr., Robert Anthony, John J. Campbell, Edward Clark, John Earls, Robert Long, Attorney Jerome S. Lovenheim, Boyd Lyons and William Pope.
The board of directors of GAVAC at a meeting this week decided to sponsor the testimonial dinner for the Rev. Mr. Jansen, who is leaving the city. Without the efforts of the local minister, the primary force behind the organization of GAVAC, it is felt that Amsterdam would not have a volunteer ambulance service.
Tickets for the testimonial may be obtained until May 10 from Chairman Battaglia or any member of his committee.
• At the weekly luncheon meeting of the Amsterdam Kiwanis Club, an announcement was made of the formation of a Key Club at the Bishop Scully High School.
Craig Lavery, chairman of the Key Club committee of the Amsterdam Kiwanis Club, reported that a Charter Night will soon be held for the formation of this club with parents and Kiwanians invited.
The Key Club is an organization for high school boys patterned after the parent organization to give the boys an opportunity for school and community service.
• A play, “The Wizard of Oz,” written and produced by Diane Raiano, a sixth grade student, was presented recently at an assembly program at the Woodrow Wilson School.
The part of Dorothy was played by Betsy Casler; the Scarecrow by Janine Rossi; Tin Man by Joseph Fabozzi; the Lion by Paul Sikora; the witch by Lynn Malkowich and Glinda by Lori Kuczek.
Others in the cast were the Wizard, Michael Wojnar; Aunt Em, Gail Barejka; Uncle Henry, Jeffrey Sargalis; the Munckins, Cynthia Jaskulski, Richard Lampkin and Eva Chrzanowski; guards, Amy Peters, David Michalski, Ann Marie Mikolaitis and Richard Constantino; flowers, Susan Dygon and Susan Dabiere.
Miss Raiano announced her own program and Mrs. James DeGraff acted as the faculty advisor.
• Mrs. Frank Nasuto and daughter, Anita, Division St., flew by jet from Kennedy Airport to El Paso, Texas, where Miss Nasuto will be maid of honor at the wedding of her cousin, Miss Patricia Ann Baker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Baker, formerly of Amsterdam, which will take place April 29 at Fort Bliss, Texas.
Mrs. Baker is the former Melina Puglisi, daughter of Mrs. Joseph Puglisi, Division St., who also flew to Texas for the wedding. Mr. Baker is a brother of Mrs. John Miller, Slater St.
• In an election of officers held by St. Michael’s Convent Auxiliary recently at the convent on Locust Avenue, Mrs. Samuel Fariello was selected as president; Mrs. Sarah Abbattisti, vice president; Miss Rita Romeo, secretary; Mrs. James DaBiere, treasurer, and Mrs. Frank Pisarski, financial secretary.
The auxiliary will receive corporate communion at the 8 o’clock mass Sunday, May 21, at St. Michael’s Church and the new officers will be installed at that time. In the evening, there will be a installation dinner which will follow a mystery ride. Miss Sarah Abbattisti is chairman and Miss Jean Cassetta is co-chairman of the banquet arrangements.
Guest speaker at the meeting was Family Court Judge Robert J. Sise whose talk on the duties and responsibilities of the Family Court was followed by a question and answer period.
Mrs. Michael Luciano won the guest prize. Refreshments were served by Mrs. Herman Tucci, Mrs. Rose DeRose, Mrs. Josephine Holden and Mrs. Laura Sasso.
The next meeting of the auxiliary will be held May 15.
• Employees of the Rose Snell Glove Shop, 1 Leonard St., held a dinner at the Municipal Golf Course clubhouse recently in honor of the birthday anniversary of Mrs. Rose Snell.
Mrs. Snell was presented a mink-trimmed cashmere sweater and a birthday cake from her employees in addition to other gifts.
Those present were Eleanor Pallotta, Margaret Pettica, Jennie Agresta, Dorothy Godden, Rose Gabrielle, Sophie Ingalls, Rae Tucci, Lucy Fariello, Angie DePascale, Josie DePascale, Nettie Abbatisti, Lena Maniaci, Rose Salamack, Mary Campochiro, Gloria Greco, Edith Gentile, Yolanda Gentile, Kathryn Romeyn, Lucy Speranza, Edna Tarnowski, Amelia Jablonski, Rosalie Conti, Madeline Corey and Lottie Kozlowski.
• Congressman Samuel S. Stratton posed on the steps of U.S. Capitol with 35th District winners in a statewide Farm Bureau membership contest who were in Washington last week as part of an award trip. Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Cobb, Waterloo; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Marshman, Oxford, and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Slezak, Amsterdam RD 2.
• Small business concerns in the area are requested to submit bids to the General Services Administration for replacing the roof of the Amsterdam post office building on Church St.
Bids will be received until 1:30 p.m. on May 11, after which they will be opened by the GSA at New York City.
The estimated cost of the proposed job is under $25,000, according to the GSA.
• Completion certificates were awarded recently at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital to eight students enrolled in a Nurse Aide training program.
The course included four weeks of intensive class room teaching and clinical training.
A tea attended by hospital personnel was given in honor of the new aides. The class was presented to James McGibbon, assistant administrator, and to Mrs. Evelyn Cross, R.N., director of nurses, by Mrs. Hilda Shaw, R.N., inservice coordinator who conducted the course.
McGibbon offered congratulations and a welcome on behalf of the hospital. The certificates were awarded by Mrs. Cross.
All eight students have been accepted for employment at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital.
Members of the class are: Mrs. Patricia Aldi, Trinity Pl.; Mrs. Pauline Bernat, Lansing Rd., Hagaman; Miss Carol Blongiewicz, Star Route, Hagaman; Mrs. Teresa Colon, Voorhees St.; Mrs. Carol Ottaviani, Thomas St.; Mrs. Laura Phillips, Grove St.; Miss Betty Surento, Minaville St.; and Miss Patricia Vila, Amsterdam RD 5.
— First published April 22, 1967