Compiled by SHARON WALEGA
Recorder News staff
Thirty Years Ago
• Construction of a new state Thruway bridge over the Schoharie Creek is scheduled to begin early next week, officials said.
The state Thruway Authority awarded a $9.2 million contract to Lange-Finn Construction Co. Inc. of Albany for construction. An additional contract was awarded to High Steel Structures of Lancaster, Pa., for $2.8 million to furnish the structural steel.
Thruway Spokesman, Arthur D’Isabel, said plans are to open one lane of traffic in each direction on the four lane bridge before the end of this year. The bridge should be completed by May 28, 1988.
He cautioned that this is just a target date, and actual completion of the span will depend on many factors, including weather.
Once the Thruway bridge is opened to traffic, the detours that the authority is now building, will be closed, D’Isabel said.
• The Common Council approved a resolution which would prohibit entry to locked city offices, and would make the offense punishable by a $500 fine and 15-day jail sentence.
As amended by Fourth Ward Alderman David Pietrusza, the trespass ordinance bars entry from the offices of several public officials, including those of Mayor Mario H. Villa, Montgomery County District Attorney Guy P. Tomlinson and Police Court Judge Robert N. Going.
Last August Mayor Mario H. Villa made an unannounced, after-hours inspection, of several locked offices in the Pubic Safety Building, among them Going’s. Villa defended his action as a right that came with his office.
Pietrusza said his amendment “would not water down existing (trespass) statutes,” and would carry stiffer penalties than the maximum $100 fine he first suggested.
The introduction of the amendment almost lost Pietrusza a vote of support. Second Ward Alderman Paul Constantine said although he was in favor of the original ordinance, he wanted more time to study the amendment and suggested tabling the resolution.
• John J. Mycek, 61, has been nominated to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Malcolm Tomlinson from the Montgomery County Surrogate Court, Gov. Mario M. Cuomo announced.
Mycek, of Manny’s Corners Road, Hagaman, is the attorney for the Greater Amsterdam School District and is a former member and vice president of the school board.
• Barbara Holmes was installed as president of Amsterdam Emblem Club 273, May 3. She has been an active member of the Emblem Club, serving as press correspondent, corresponding secretary, vice president and chairperson of the Veteran’s Committee. She has been employed by New York State, Office of the State Comptroller for 17 years.
Holmes is a communicant of Trinity Reformed Church and is presently serving on the consistory and is an active member of the stewardship committee. She is also president of the Trinity Guild. She is corresponding secretary for the Greater Amsterdam Council of Congregations.
The installation was held at the Elk’s Lodge 101. Past supreme president Anne Quinn of East Providence, Rhode Island, was the installing officer and was assisted by acting supreme installing marshal, Helen Pratt, also of East Providence, Rhode Island. Elk’s of Lodge 101 assisted on the installing suite. Mrs. Elliott Boice was chairwoman for the installation. A dinner followed the installation.
Holmes was born and educated in Hudson, New York. She has been a resident of Amsterdam for ten years. She and her husband Edward live on Academy Street. The couple have five children: Robert and Darryle Lanza and Rebecca Lewis of Amsterdam, Colleen Holmes of Boston and Christopher Holmes of Albany. They also have two granddaughters — Nicolette and Kristina.
• The 27th annual presentation of the religious awards for Cub Scouts of Sir William Johnson Council was held May 13 at the Auriesville Shrine. Troops from Amsterdam, Perth, Tribes Hill, Hagaman and Canajoharie took part in the ceremony. This year, 67 boys, were awarded the Parvuli Dei Award.
• Mr. and Mrs. Pat Zumbolo, of Broad St., Amsterdam, were guests of honor April 26 at a dinner marking their 50th wedding anniversary.
The event was held at Parillo’s Armory Grill and was hosted by their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Neville, of Amsterdam, and their grandchildren and spouses, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Parillo of Melbourne, Fla.; and Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Zukas, of Amsterdam.
The Zumbolo’s were married April 25, 1937 at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church by Rev. E.A. Ercolani. Their attendants were the late Anthony Zumbolo, best man; Mary Corapi, maid of honor; and Mr. and Mrs. Angelo Santomossimo, usher and bridesmaid.
— First published May 20, 1987
Forty Years Ago
• The Session of Second Presbyterian Church has adopted a budget goal of $91,655 for the coming fiscal year.
The Every Member Canvass to secure pledges to meet this goal will begin Sunday. Ruling Elder Patricia A. Hayner is in charge of the canvass. In addition, there will be team captains and canvassers, assisting.
• Several members of ACT IV youth center and Alderman Paul Constantine combined in yard cleanup good-turn for senior citizen Frances L. SanFilippo at her home on Mechanic St. in Amsterdam. The group that trimmed the hedge for Mrs. SanFilippo included Sue Halvey, Linda Soto and Dan Persico. Mrs. Barbara Twardzik, ACT IV director, helped also along with Alderman Constantine. The Mechanic St. woman was one of several assisted by the teenagers.
• The Fifth Ward Senior Citizens sponsored a bake sale at Mt. Carmel Church Hall recently for the benefit of a van fund drive, which the Montgomery County Office for the Aging is conducting.
The van will be used to provide transportation for the elderly. Mrs. Lena Sarra was chairman of the bake sale.
Members had a Meals for the Elderly luncheon. Peter Vigliotti, president, conducted the business meeting which followed.
A moment of silence was observed for deceased member, Joseph Calella.
The seniors were urged to attend the Grandparents Day Program at Second Presbyterian Church at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The Montgomery County Chapter 2188, American Assn. of Retired Persons will sponsor the event. Proceeds from a free will offering will be donated to the Office for the Aging van fun.
• Airman David P. Farrell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Farrell, of Stewart St., Amsterdam, has graduated at Lackland AFB, Texas, from Air Force basic training.
The airman, who is remaining at Lackland for specialized training in the security police field, studied the Air Force mission, organization and customs and received special instruction in human relations. Completion of this training earned the individual credits towards an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Farrell is a 1974 graduate of Cicero High School, Syracuse.
• The Class of 1978 of the Amsterdam High School presents the Junior Prom, “Catch the Rainbow,” at the high school beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday in the gym. Refreshments will be served in the commons area.
Music will be provided by the Trade Winds. Visiting hours are from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Chaperones are Mr. and Mrs. Bert DeRose, Mr. and Mrs. Carmen Sinicropi, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Palczak, Mr. and Mrs. Lou De Luca, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Cudmore, Mr. and Mrs. Rick Cetnar, Mr. and Mrs. Mac Freeman, Lou Noto and Miss Amy Lanzi.
Ushering for the prom are Lauri Rusnica and Mike Hisert, Patti Mahar and Carmen Gentile, Sarah Conti and Dave Bardascini, Lori Youngman and Peter George, and Lisa Corridon and Greg Weyl.
• Plans for the 20th reunion of the Lynch Class of 1957 have been finalized by the reunion committee consisting of: Jackie Dietrick, Mary Grace Cotugno, Phyllis Kelley, Liz Andolina, Geraldine Catena, Mary Tambasco, Virginia Agresta, Virginia Malicki, Elsie Caruso, Pat Mennino, John DeLuca, Carm Sinicropi, Ron Malicki and Nick Cassetta.
The dinner dance affair will be held Saturday, Nov. 26, at the Fulton-Montgomery Community College. A letter with the details of the reunion will be mailed in early June to all Class of 1957 alumni.
• The city of Amsterdam has been advised by its legal counsel to grab whatever cash it can get now in settlement of back taxes from the bankrupt Penn Central Railroad rather than take bonds from the railroad that would pay all back taxes owed in 1987.
Corporation Counsel Joseph Jacobs said the city should accept an offer from a federal judge handling the bankruptcy proceedings of the railroad and get 50 cents on each dollar of back taxes owed. That would amount to a $130,000 repayment of the $260,000 the railroad reportedly owes the city.
The bankruptcy proceeding is being handled by trustees appointed by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The trustees have told communities left in the lurch by Penn Central’s financial collapse that they have two options to collect on back taxes.
One option, the trustees said, would be to take 50 cents on the dollar now. The other proposal would be to accept long term bonds from the railroad for 100 percent of the back taxes owed but those bonds would not be redeemable until 1987.
• Montgomery County Chapter 2188, AARP, will provide free city bus transportation Sunday to the Grandparents Day concert Sunday at the Second Presbyterian Church.
The bus will leave P&C Market on Church St. at 5:45 p.m.; go over Reid St. to Hibbard St., down Hibbard to Vrooman Ave. to Main St.; and up Main St. to Second Presbyterian Church.
It will leave the church at 6:10 p.m., go along Guy Park Ave. to Northampton Rd., down Clinton to Division to the High Rise area, and back to the church. Return transportation will be provided when the concert is over. The concert will start at 6:30 p.m.
• The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development has officially approved the Amsterdam Community Development Agency’s $1.2 million grant for its third year of operation.
The award, announced yesterday by Rep. Samuel S. Stratton (D-28th C.D.) is the result of the CDA’s application for the third year entitlement.
The money had already been obligated to the local CDA program which has received similar grants for two previous years but must apply for each year’s grant individually.
It does not represent any increase in funding for the local CDA program over what had been anticipated and budgeted.
• The new Superintendent of the Tryon School was welcomed to the community recently at an informal reception at the school’s administration building. Joining in the reception was Gene Catena, Montgomery Co. Family Court Judge; Daniel F. Hallinan, the new superintendent; Mrs. Carmelia Aulisi, a member of the State Council on Youth; and Richard Hood, Fulton Co. Family Court Judge. Hallinan was superintendent of the Highland School in Ulster County prior to his appointment as head of the Tryon facility in West Perth.
— First published May 20, 1977
Fifty Years Ago
• “Cousin George” Casabonne, having survived the spring-turned-winter-again spells, drove south yesterday to proclaim that there is a possibility of a thunder shower on the coming Sunday or Monday, that Memorial Day will bring nice weather, and there will be nice warm days during the first week in June.
In addition, the Oracle of the Town of Charlton, expressed his thanks to so many of his followers who say to him “your winter predictions were near a 100 percent.” The one inch of snow that came on Sunday, May 7, gave a total of 128 inches of snow during the winter according to the Casabonne computations that include May snowfall as part of the winter.
• The Lynch High School Drama Department, under the direction of Bert DeRose, will stage the Greek tragedy, Sophocles’ “Oedipus the King,” Sunday at 2 p.m. at the amphitheater at Sassafras, near the new Bacon Elementary School.
The lead role of Oedipus, King of Thebes, is played by William Doecher, and Mary Riccio plays Queen Jocasta.
• The board of managers of the Sarah Jane Sanford Home for Elderly Women entertained the home residents at a tea recently.
Spring colors and flowers provided an attractive table from which refreshments were served and each resident was presented a corsage. Music from the “silent movie” era and other piano selections by Mrs. Patrick Madriska were enjoyed.
Arrangements for the affair were in charge of the entertainment committee composed of Mrs. Harold F. Ellerson, Mrs. Alexander Finlay, Mrs. Charles H. Lembke, Mrs. Leslie Davies, Miss Harriet Hastings, Mrs. Albert Openshaw and Mrs. Patrick Madriska were enjoyed.
At a monthly meeting of the board held prior to the tea, respect was paid to Mrs. John R. Dressler, a resident of the home who died May 9.
It was reported that the monthly church service had been conducted at the home by the Rev. Eric R. King of the First Methodist Church with music by the Youth Choir under the direction of Mrs. Leona Harris and Mrs. Ernest Robinson, accompanist, and for the third year, the piano students of Mrs. Clark Winslow had entertained the residents during National Music Week.
Donations from Miss Josephine Rogers, Isabel’s Restaurant and the family of Mrs. John Dressler.
• Mrs. Vincent E. Vicinanzo and Mrs. Thomas S. Velz are co-chairmen of the 46th annual installation banquet of St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary which will be held at the Tower Inn Thursday, May 25, at 6:30 p.m. Mrs. Richard Luci is also a member of the committee.
• Mrs. Joseph Kolodziej, Amsterdam, is chairman of Association II of the Mohawk Pathway Girl Scout Council, Inc., has announced that plans are underway for a camping caravan for Girl Scouts of the area. Mrs. Maynard Stevens has been appointed chairman of the caravan steering committee composed of Mrs. Richard Gardinier, Mrs. Frank Putorti Jr., and Mrs. Kolodziej.
This camping caravan will provide five days of outdoor fun and adventure for Girl Scouts of Amsterdam, Hagaman, Tribes Hill, Fultonville and Fonda. Over 425 girls are eligible to attend.
The girls will be divided into groups according to their age, experience and interests. Each camp unit will be troop size, under the guidance of trained volunteer counselors. Girls from the various towns will be mixed in the units, so that all will have the opportunity to make new friends and learn to work with new people.
• Leadership of the Century Club changed as Mrs. Gordon Fisher succeeds Mrs. Thomas Rapello as president at an installation dinner recently. Attending the dinner were Mrs. William E. Lyons, corresponding secretary of the New York State Federation of Women’s Clubs, Mrs. Fisher, Mrs. Roy T. Wallis, first vice president and dinner chairman, Mrs. Rapello and Mrs. George W. Cole, Fourth District director, who served as installing officer.
Highlight of the evening was the presentation of past president pins to Mrs. James B. Conant, Miss Margaret C. Keane, Mrs. Warren A. Snyder, Mrs. Elliott R. Boice Jr., Mrs. William J. Stewart, Mrs. Salvatore M. Sapia and Mrs. Robert C. McKeough. In making the presentation, Mrs. William E. Lyons, corresponding secretary of the state federation, commended these past presidents of the Century Club for their service and dedication to the club.
Also honored at the dinner was Mrs. Earl A. Russ who was chosen “Woman of the Year” for her contributions to the Century Club. Mrs. Russ is a director of the club and has served as rentals chairman for the past few years.
Mrs. Thomas Rapello, outgoing president, presided over the business meeting and introduced the new board of directors composed of Mrs. R. Gardner Lindsay, Mrs. Earl A. Russ, Mrs. Kenneth Hamilton Jr., Mrs. Albert Openshaw, Mrs. Harold Mau, Mrs. Thomas Rapello, Mrs. LeRoy Allen, Mrs. James H. Cullen, Mrs. Salvatore M. Sapia, Mrs. Michael J. Riccio, Mrs. Frances Cuda and Mrs. Leslie Davies.
Mrs. Roy T. Wallis served as chairman of the dinner. Following the installation, entertainment was provided by the Riccio Sisters.
— First published May 20, 1967