Compiled by CHANTELLE DEROSE
Recorder News Staff
Thirty Years Ago
• A son, Robert Francis III, was born Aug. 16 at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital to Diana and Robert Turo Jr. of Amsterdam. He joins a brother, Daniel Matthew. Maternal grandparents are Victor and Jennie Soto of Carlisle. Paternal grandparents are Pat and Robert Turo Sr. of Hagaman.
• A daughter, Elizabeth Anne, was born Aug. 4 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Amsterdam, to Bruce J. and Patricia Flint Pavlus, Fonda RD 1. Maternal grandparents are Harold and Margaret T. Flint of Fonda and maternal great-grandmother is Margaret V. Knowlton, also of Fonda. Paternal grandparents are Edward and Anne Pavlus of Fort Plain.
• Daveeda Pratt of Houston, Texas announces the engagement of her daughter, Nikie Wyn Wishnow, to Thomas Edward Zippiere, son of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Zippiere of Amsterdam. An August 1988 wedding is planned.
Ms. Wishnow graduated from Westbury Senior High School and attended the University of Houston. She is employed by Gresham Investments Inc., Houston, as an executive secretary.
Her fiancé graduated from Amsterdam High School and attended Hudson Valley Community College, Troy. He is employed by Trans Air Travel in Houston.
• The Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps is all-volunteer no longer.
A volunteer shortage has forced GAVAC to hire three men to work full-time on weekdays, according to Corps Captain Paul Truax.
Truax said the corps, which had not previously hired people in its 21 years of operation, has no plans to change its name, explaining that it can keep the name as long as it remains non-profit. He said GAVAC is the first of Montgomery County’s four volunteer corps to hire people.
“It was almost impossible to find people during the day,” Truax said. “Every Sunday it was a rat race trying to find crews for the weekend.”
He lamented the decline in volunteerism statewide and noted that GAVAC has about 55 members now, down from more than 100 in 1980. Last year, Truax said the corps received only three responses to 15,000 brochures sent out seeking volunteers.
The three employees, who each have advanced emergency medical training, cover the 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. slot by working eight-hour shifts, he said. Each had previously served GAVAC before and continues to volunteer time after work, said Truax. He declined to name the workers or their salaries.
The corps’ response time has improved since the employees went on duty about a month ago, Truax said, because they are stationed at GAVAC headquarters on Guy Park Avenue extension. The volunteers usually travel from their homes to headquarters before responding to the calls.
GAVAC will review the effectiveness of its employees after six months, Truax said, but now has no plans to hire any more.
He said customers may have to pay for GAVAC’s services in the future. GAVAC now averages about $8 in donations from customers after each call, with each call usually costing the service about $45 to $50.
Each of the other ambulance services in the county is experiencing problems, but there are no immediate plans to hire people, according to some of their members.
Mid-County Volunteer Ambulance Corps, which serves Fort Plain and Canajoharie, is cutting back service next week because of staff shortages, said Corps Captain Don Hajczewski.
Like GAVAC, Mid-County had over 100 members more than 10 years ago, but is down to 55 now, Hajczewski said. He said the corps had been manning an ambulance in each village with three people for 24 hours a day, but soon will have only one ambulance to cover both villages.
“By the first of the year we might not be here,” he said. Hajczewski said the corps “may not be a volunteer organization, period,” adding that Response, an up-county paid service, may take over Mid-County’s role.
The St. Johnsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps has 35 members now, down from at least 45 in better days, according to membership Chairwoman Doris Burkdorf. While there are no plans to hire anyone, Burkdorf echoed Truax’ woes. “We just can’t get daytime help.”
Terry Kimball, a member and former president of the Fonda-Fultonville Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps, said he is unaware of plans to hire people but added that FFAVAC also needs volunteers, especially during the day.
— First published September 2, 1987
Forty Years Ago
• The Amsterdam Center for Teens (ACT IV) has announced the installment of three new associate youth directors.
ACT IV Board President Jerry Koller said they are Patricia Russo, 111 Henrietta Blvd.; James Bettini, Mohawk Village Apartments; and Linda Constantine, 22 Tremont Ave.
Miss Russo is a graduate of State University of New York at Buffalo. She holds a bachelors degree in psychology. She is a substitute teacher in the Greater Amsterdam School District.
Bettini is a graduate of the University of Buffalo with a bachelors degree in health care administration. He is presently employed by Amsterdam Memorial Hospital as a personnel assistant. He is married to the former Marie Sitcoske of Pennsylvania.
Miss Constantine is a graduate of the College of St. Rose, Albany, with a bachelors degree in elementary education. She is a substitute teacher with school districts in Amsterdam, Fonda and Johnstown.
The new directors are reviewing current activities in the hopes of broadening the spectrum of events offered to area youth.
The center offers many activities during the week including basketball, girls’ softball and craft classes.
• Dennis Kaczor, a top baseball and football player at Amsterdam High, has been selected for a tryout with the Montreal Expos.
Bill MacKenzie, assistant director of scouting for the National league club, has notified Kaczor to report Saturday at a special closed camp at Montreal.
Kaczor took part in an earlier tryout camp put on by the Expos and impressed scouting brass to earn his shot at tomorrow’s camp.
MacKenzie told Kaczor that it is always difficult to observe and judge talent on a one-day look and the Expos must judge the tools a player demonstrates during that day to determine if the candidate merits further consideration.
“You have shown ability enough to prompt another tryout, a step away from the category of signable players,” MacKenzie told Kaczor.
Following the workout Saturday, everyone attending will receive a complimentary ticket to the Expos-Houston Astros game that night at Olympic Stadium.
Kaczor majored in physical education at the University of Bridgeport and Towson State University at Baltimore.
In addition to three years of varsity baseball with Coach Brian Mee’s AHS varsity squads, Kaczor played college ball at Bridgeport and Towson and played in Amsterdam with the Bergen Post and Amsterdam Knights.
He was a member of the AHS nine which started the winning streak of 51 games and played with the New York State American Legion champion Bergen Post squad.
• St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing will open its doors to a new class for the 57th time on Sept. 6.
Students from all over the state will include 34 beginning students and 47 second and third level students.
Miss Teresa Pistolessi, director, also announced the appointment of a new residence director, Sister Mary Leo, who most recently has been in charge of the building complex at the Provincial House of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in Latham.
Sister Mary Leo will be assisted by the housekeeping and maintenance staff which she reports, has the rooms polished and shining for new occupants. Members of the housekeeping staff are Edna Johnson, Alice Benson, and Sohpie T. Cetnar. Peter Gustas is in charge of maintenance.
Assisting Miss Pistolessi on opening day will be Mrs. Virginia McKeough, secretary, and Mrs. Mary Jayne Allen, receptionist. As the students arrive, families and friends will be welcome to tour the school and to relax in the lounge.
During the following week, students will embark on a schedule of classes and clinical experience which will in 24 months make them eligible for a diploma and the right to take the examination for licensure administered by the New York State Department of Education.
After successful completion of the examination, a license is issued to practice as a registered professional nurse in the State of New York. A nurse who is registered in New York State may apply for registration without examination in any other state.
This fall, for the first time, under an agreement with Fulton-Montgomery Community College (FMCC), students at St. Mary’s Hospital School will be taught general psychology and introduction to sociology by FMCC. The classes will be given at the School of Nursing and students will receive college credit.
• Kimberly Ann Oare became the wife of Joseph Michael Russo in a 7:30 p.m. ceremony at Sacred Heart Church Saturday, Aug. 27. Rev. Peter Jonaitis officiated.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Oare, 19 Grandoe Lane, and the bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Russo, 54 Knollwood Ave., Amsterdam.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore an ivory Mexican-style floor length gown with Venise lace trim, a round neckline and short sleeves.
Her ivory veil was trimmed with imported Spanish lace and fitted to a comb. She carried a prayer book which belonged to the bridegroom’s mother with a cascade bouquet of white daisies and baby’s breath.
Miss Andrea Jerome of Gloversville was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Miss Amy Hallenbeck of Cortland, N.Y., Miss Deborah Marek of Mayfield and Miss Sheri Oare of Gloversville, sister of the bride. Miss Karen Smith of Gloversville, cousin of the bride, was junior bridesmaid, and Miss Tracey Oare of Gloversville, sister of the bride, was flower girl.
James Russo of Amsterdam was best man for his cousin. Ushers were John Russo, brother of the bride, Mark Quackenbush and Ronald Barone, all of Amsterdam, and Stanley Jablonski of Fort Johnson. Jay Russo, nephew of the bridegroom, was ringbearer.
— First published September 2, 1977
Fifty Years Ago
•Miss Grace Elizabeth Dietz, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J Herbert Dietz Jr., Forest Hills, became the bride today of Thomas Nathan Campbell, son of Mrs. Artie Campbell, Wichita Falls, Texas, and the late Jack Campbell, formerly of Amsterdam and Oneonta.
The ceremony was performed in St. Luke’s Church, Forest Hills, by Canon R. Thomas Blomquist, rector, and was followed by a reception at Forest Hills Inn.
Escorted by her father who gave her in marriage, the bride wore a floor length gown of white silk organza appliquéd at the neckline and in front with Alencon lace roses dotted with seed pearls and fashioned with a train attached at the waist with a white rose. Her short white tulle veil was shirred to a white rose crown and she carried a bridal bouquet of white flowers.
Miss Margaret Flanders Dietz, Forest Hills, was her sister’s maid of honor. She was attired in a floor length gown of lime linen with a small train and carried a round bouquet of harmonizing fall flowers.
Similarly gowned in lemon peel were the bridesmaids, Miss Patricia Friery, Miss Fane MacKillip and Miss Christy Robbins, Oneonta, and Miss Merrill Savage, Lynnfield, Mass., who also carried fall flowers. Miss Janice Kauer, Forest Hills, was junior bridesmaid and Miss Beth Myers, Morgantown, West Va., was flower girl.
The bridegroom’s brother John Campbell, Wichita Falls, was best man. Ushers were Cadets Charles F. Brower, Thomas M. Hayes, David D. Kirby and James W. Kulbacki of the United States Military Academy at West Point.
The bride is a graduate of Oneonta High School and Cazenovia College and will enter the junior class at the University of Denver this fall to major in elementary education.
Mr. Campbell, a graduate of Wichita Falls High School, attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point for two years and will transfer this fall to the University of Denver to continue his education in the field of civil engineering and business.
The couple will reside in Denver, Colo.
• Area employees interested in hiring part-time employees to aid their staffing needs should contact Andrew V. DeMarco, financial director at Fulton-Montgomery Community College.
Approximately 900 students will be on campus this coming academic year and most of them will be interested in obtaining part-time employment.
DeMarco mentioned that many of these students have special skills and experiences which can be of great help to small and medium size firms using part-time help. In the past, due to a shortage of personnel at the college, the part-time placement service was restricted to a referral service only.
However, with the increased staff and the desire to adequately serve the needs of the employers as well as the students, the college will provide placement and screening interviews for those firms desiring such service.
• New faculty members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School for the 1967-68 season are Mary Lynn Hosner, kindergarten; Sister Elizabeth Marie, first grade; Sister Mary Victorine, fourth grade; William Bartley, fifth grade; Sister Marie Xavier, seventh grade, and Sister Carmelleta, eighth grade.
The vice principal and new superior of the school is Sister Mary Victorine.
— First published September 2, 1967