Compiled by CHANTELLE DEROSE
Thirty Years Ago
• Anthony Daiute was re-elected president of the Amsterdam Teachers Association for the 1987-88 school year. Other officers include Ronald Bartman, first vice president; Elizabeth Francis, second vice president; Linda Yurkon, secretary; Daniel Baker, treasurer; Joan Decker, Patrick Reilly and Louis Rosmarino, delegates-at-large; and Nancy Zeiser, substitute representative. Daiute, Francis and Yurkon were named delegates to the New York State United Teachers, with Reilly, Carmen Sinicropi and Verney Vogel as alternates. Daiute, Yurkon, Edward Greene and Bruce Miseno were named delegates to the American Federation of Teachers, with Francis, Reilly, Rosmarino and Vogel as alternates. Daiute and Baker will be delegates to the New York State Retirement System, with Decker and Azalea Baker as alternates. Greene, Carrie Sims and Nicholas Miseno will serve as Ada Madden trustees.
• Theresa Papa, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Papa of Hickory Hill Road, is the first recipient of the Dr. Brian P. Ewing memorial scholarship for seniors at Fonda-Fultonville High School. Papa, a 1987 graduate, plans to pursue a teaching career. She intends to major in mathematics and education at the University of Massachusetts. While in high school, Papa was president of the National Honor Society and captain of the girls’ cross-country and outdoor track teams. She was junior and senior class secretary and a member of the band, chorus, Key Club, school newspaper and indoor track team. She was designated an honor student and spoke at graduation exercises. She also received a Regents scholarship.
• Christina Rivera and Allyson Warren, members of the Class of 1987 at Amsterdam High School, received this year’s $500 scholarships from the Good Will Club Inc. Evelyn Bettine, scholarship chairman, made the announcement at the club’s annual banquet at the Tepee Restaurant. Rivera, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jorge Rivera of 12 Meadow St., Amsterdam, has been accepted at the State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, where she plans to study secretarial science and word processing. Warren, daughter of Margaret Sokalski of the New Amsterdam Apartments, Amsterdam, plans to study physical education at the SUNY College at Brockport. She also received athletic scholarships from the St. John’s Society in Amsterdam and from the Columbiettes, Knights of Columbus Auxiliary Council 209, Amsterdam. She is listed in Who’s Who Among Students in American High Schools.
• Thomas Kalamant III has been named a national award winner in band by the United States Achievement Academy. Kalamant, a student at Amsterdam High School, was nominated by AHS Band Director Michael Pallotta. He will be listed in the United States Achievement Academy’s official yearbook, published nationally. Kalamant is the son of Henry and Carolyn DiCaterino and the late Thomas Kalamant Jr., and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Kalamant Sr. of Schenectady, Mary Pingitore of Amsterdam and the late Frank Pingitore.
• Pamela Marie Smith and Jacqueline Jae Smith, were baptized July 12 at St. Ann’s Church with the Rev. Haven officiating. Pamela and Jacqueline are daughters of Frank and Tina Smith, Elizabeth Street. Godparents for Pamela are Joseph and Debra Wojcik, and for Jacqueline, David Coons and Michele Smith, all of Amsterdam. Maternal grandparents are Nelson and Joyce Coons of Amsterdam. Paternal grandparents are Frank and Ethel Smith. Maternal great-grandparents are Clarence and Vera Coons of Amsterdam. Paternal great-grandmother is Madeline Smith of Amsterdam.
—First published July 15, 1987
Forty Years Ago
• The Century Club has chosen Miss Carmella Verderese as the recipient of its S. Louise Bell Scholarship. She is a recent graduate of New Amsterdam High School and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Verderese, 14 McElwain Ave. Miss Verderese plans to begin her college studies at Fulton-Montgomery Community College in the fall.
• The Credit Women International honored Mrs. Anna Calisant at a recent dinner at Zucker’s Restaurant. Mrs. Calisant has been an active member of the local organization for the past 20 years. In appreciation of her faithful service to the organization she was presented with a charm bracelet and a charm inscribed with the CWI insignia. Mrs. Calisant lives with her husband, Joseph Calisant, at 19 Lincoln Ave. They will leave Amsterdam on Monday to make their home in Deerfield, Fla. The Claisants operated the Calisant Bus Lines for many years. Mrs. Calisant was also associated with the New Paris Shop for 38 years. She donated a special prize, which was won by Mrs. Ruth Murphy.
• A burnout in a bank of transformers this morning caused an electricity outage for about 450 Niagara Mohawk customers in the eastern section of Amsterdam on both sides of the Mohawk River. Bernard Marks, Amsterdam manager of Niagara Mohawk, said the problem was “routine” and lasted only about two hours. He said it bore no relationship to the massive power outage that left 9 million persons in New York City and Westchester County without power Wednesday night and Thursday in the largest blackout since 1965.
• The daughter of former Amsterdam residents was named Miss Florida United Teenager at a pageant at the Sheraton Olympic Villas in Orlando. Laura Jean Tomasello, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dominick Tomasello of Tamarac, Fla., is eligible to compete in the National Miss United Teenager Pageant in Washington, D.C., in December. Prizes for the national pageant include $15,000 in scholarships. As the Florida winner she received a trophy, a certificate for a seven-week course at the Evelyn Woods School of Reading Dynamics, a professional modeling scholarship to the John Robert Powers School, a trip to South America, an 11 x 14 color portrait and an all-expense paid trip to the national pageant. Miss Tomasello is the granddaughter of Anthony J. Tomasello, 20 Greene St., and of Jerry Rinaldi, 43 Garden St. She is the niece of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Cafrara, 16 Jonathan Lane.
— First published July 15, 1977
Fifty Years Ago
• Harry Brandt, president of Brandt Theaters, owners and operators of the Tryon Theater in Amsterdam, yesterday blamed the bank-outlet system for the low June lottery ticket sales and advocated using the dramatic power of theaters to sell and advertise them. Brandt is the president of the state association of independent theater owners. He said that theaters are the “ideal vehicles” for the promotion and sale of the tickets and the law should be amended during the next legislative session to include them. It is expected that less than one-third of the goal of 30 million tickets will have been sold for the June lottery. Brandt said that revenues are falling far below expected sales because banks are the wrong sales agencies for selling lottery tickets. “Theaters are conveniently located,” Brandt continuedtt, “and our cashiers windows are readily accessible for lottery ticket purchases. Theaters are open for seven days a week and for a longer range of hours each day, thereby expanding the revenue potential.” Brandt also contends that lottery sales are compatible with the entertainment function of theaters, while “such sales are in violation of the thrift and savings principles advocated by banking institutions.” He said that the selling power of theaters was well demonstrated during World War II when theaters sold hundreds of millions of dollars worth of War Bonds. At the present time legislation to prevent certain banks from selling lottery tickets is being considered by congress.
• Arthur W. Hoefs has been appointed director of publicity and public relations for the Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, according to an announcement made by Thomas Rapello, president. Hoefs, percussionist for the local Symphony orchestra, is well known in area musical circles as a member of the pit orchestras in many local and area musical shows. He is a member of Local 133, Amsterdam Federation of Musicians, and a former member of Local 802 of New York City. He has been the sports editor of the Amsterdam Evening Recorder since 1961, and previously served as assistant sports editor of the Schenectady Gazette for nine years.
— First published July 15, 1967