Compiled by CHANTELLE DEROSE
Thirty Years Ago
• James Yermas, retiring Montgomery County American Legion commander, was elected as American Legion Fourth District commander at the state convention held in Lake Placid. Yermas is the first Vietnam veteran to hold this high position. He succeeds Larry Hodges of Franklin County, a Korean veteran. Frank J. D’Amico from Staten Island was elected as the new state commander. Al Mansville of St. Lawrence County was elected as the department vice commander of the fourth and third district.
Eighteen delegates and alternates attended the convention from Montgomery County. Yermas served as fourth district vice commander this past year and as membership chairman. The fourth district came in first in membership and Yermas was awarded the Membership Trophy. The district also had the honor of leading the ten division parade. The district to be led by Yermas consists of eleven counties.
• Amanda Marie Meliosky, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Meliosky, 431 Locust Ave., was baptized July 12 at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church. Rev. James Gulley officiated. Godparents are Mr. and Mrs. Karl Majoy of Scotia. A reception followed at the parents’ home. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Henry McGiven of Utica and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Meliosky of Amsterdam.
• Mr. and Mrs. Clark Douglass of Canajoharie announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Roberta, to Joseph Hanifin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis J. Hanifin, Fort Plain. They will be married Saturday at St. James’ Catholic Church, Fort Plain. The future bride is a 1978 graduate of Canajoharie Central School and a 1987 graduate of the State University of New York-Oneonta. She attended SUNY-Cobleskill and the College of St. Rose in Albany. She is employed as a substitute teacher. Her fiancé is a 1981 graduate of Fort Plain Central School. He is employed by Hanifin Pontiac-Buick GMC Inc., Nelliston, as a salesman/service manager. He is a member of the Fort Plain Fire Department and the Mid-County Volunteer Ambulance Service.
— First published July 29, 1987
Forty Years Ago
• A farewell party was given in honor of Domenico Cotugno of Castel Compagno, Italy, at the home of his brother-in-law and sister, Andrew A. and Maria Marcuccio, 14 River St. A band which included a mandolin, guitar and an accordion provided music at the party. Guests attended from Amsterdam, Gloversville, Schenectady, Rome, N.Y., and Derby, Conn. Cotugno, who is also the brother of Mrs. Rosa Priamo of Amsterdam, journeyed to and from the United States with Mark Della Porta, also of Castel Compagno. Cotugno stayed with the Marcuccios, and Della Porta stayed in Schenectady with relatives.
• A son was born July 25 to Dr. and Mrs. Alan L. Zaur, 2 University Mews, Philadelphia, Pa. 19104. Mrs. Zaur is the former Karen Berkman, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Harry A. Berkman, 68 Romeyn Ave.
• The three most important issues in the upcoming aldermanic election in the city’s Fourth Ward are traffic flow, one-side parking, and the fate of Vrooman Ave. School, according to discussion at a special meeting of the ward’s Democratic Committee and its endorsed candidate, Karl Krajewski.
Krajewski reportedly told the committee his contacts with residents in the ward while campaigning disclosed the number one issue “was the newly-created traffic flow throughout the ward, especially the traffic pattern on Edson St. and James St.” He said “approximately 98 percent of the people queried agreed the flow of traffic was creating a hazardous problem for all concerned.”
Krajewski also claimed the second biggest problem was one-side parking. He said people told him, “the parking was forced upon them without prior knowledge or consent.” The third biggest issue, he said, was the Vrooman Ave. School which he said present Alderman Marshall Lech had pledged two years ago to turn into a meeting and recreational location for senior citizens but “presently the school is boarded up and rapidly deteriorating.”
—First published July 29, 1977
Fifty Years Ago
• Mr. and Mrs. Harold Lucas of 8 Woodridge Rd., celebrated their 25th silver wedding anniversary with a picnic for family and friends at Mohawk Mills Park. Games were played and a buffet supper served. The color scheme was silver and white. An orchid corsage and a boutonniere were given to the couple by their son Alan.
Gifts of silver and china and money were also received. About 45 guests from Amsterdam, Johnstown, Schenectady, Little Falls, and Vermont attended. The couple were married July 19, 1942, in the rectory of St. Michael’s Church by the Rev. Joseph C. Beck. Morris Palombo and Mrs. Jennie McGrath, brother and sister of the bride, served as their attendants.
• Volunteer staff operating the blood procurement visit July 20 under the Northeastern New York State Regional Blood Program included three registered nurses giving a total of 21 hours of their time and 23 blood program aides. The aides were auxiliary volunteers from St. Mary’s Hospital and Amsterdam Memorial Hospital, Red Cross Gray Ladies, junior volunteers, and one other, giving a total of 128 hours.
Among the blood donors at that time, two had open heart surgery and one was blind. Nurses were Mrs. Peter Sargalis, Mrs. Josephine Coessens and Mrs. Clara V. Szurek. Aides were Mrs. Wilhelmina Peebles, Mrs. S. R. Tolbert, Mrs. Edith Bursese, Mrs. Caroline Buttridge, Mrs. M. Marihew, Mrs. William Miskinis, Mrs. William Charles, Mrs. John Mockry, Mrs. Floyd Houghton, Miss Linda Gutowski and Mrs. Francis Keiley. Also Claudette Ryba, Chris Zatiskiewicz, Mrs. Rose Raphael, Doris Morse, Mrs. John L. Vigliotti, Kathy Fryc, Mrs. Donald Reisigl, Mrs. Robert Black, Miss Rose Mary Sliva, Miss Bernadine Sikorski, Miss Susan C. Tierney and Richard G. Snyder.
• Joseph Kudia has been named honorary chairman of the 48th annual St. Agnello Abate festival. The honorary chairman has been an active member of the St. Agnello Society for many years as well as taking a prominent part in civic affairs. The co-chairmen for the festival are Jerry Ottati and Dominic Salamack. They will be assisted by a large committee made up of members of the society. The festival is an annual affair held to honor the society’s patron saint.
• Mrs. Dorothy McIlreath, president, and Mrs. Marion Maxwell, treasurer, of the Amsterdam Business and Professional Women’s Club returned home Friday from New York where they have been attending the 33rd national convention of the 178,000 member National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs.
They were two of some 2,500 members who gathered to conduct Federation business. Addressing the convention were New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller and New York City Mayor John V. Lindsay, who told members they were the “elite” of America’s business and professional women. Mrs. McIlreath and Mrs. Maxwell saw the Federation present its annual Top Hat Awards to Florida’s Dade County Commissioner Joseph Boyd Jr.; advertising agency Doyle, Dane, Bernbach; Fairchild Semi-Conductor Division of Fairchild Camera; Miss Margaret Hickey, former chairman of the Citizen’s Advisory Council on the Status of Women; John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co.; Dr. William E. Park, president of Simmons College; syndicated columnist Miss Sylvia Porter; Mrs. Jayne Baker Spain, president of Alvey-Furguson, Cincinnati; Valley National Bank of Arizona; and Woodward & Lothrop, Washington, D.C., department store.
The awards were presented in recognition of significant contribution to the advancement of the status of employed women. — First published July 29, 1967