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Thursday, July 24, 2014 - Updated: 6:40 AM

Event to benefit youth commission

BROADALBIN -- The Broadalbin Youth Commission will hold its third annual Junk-in-the-Trunk Flea Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the high school parking lot. Individuals, organizations, crafters and businesses are invited to load up your trunks (or truck beds) and set up to sell your crafts, merchandise, attic treasurers, basement leftovers, or junk and enjoy a potential for hundreds of customers. There will be a $15 charge for each parking space occupied ($25 for two). Spaces will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Setup is between 7 and 9 a.m. For further information, contact Keith Buchanan at 598-9266 or Sheila Bleyl at 883-8265. The event will go on, rain or shine.

Community meal scheduled

St. Ann's Episcopal Church, 37 Division St., Amsterdam, will hold its community meal Sunday, July 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The menu is ham, macaroni & cheese, green beans, and cupcakes. The meal is free and open to all. Sorry, no takeout.

ATA to give out free books

The Amsterdam Teachers' Association, with support from NYSUT & the AFT, and in cooperation with the First Book Organization, will be hosting a book giveaway for kids of all ages Monday, July 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Distribution sites will be at the summer program at Bacon School, the Creative Connections Arts Center on East Main Street, and the pavilion at Veterans Field.

Fire department to test system

CANAJOHARIE -- The Canajoharie Fire Department will be performing tests of its severe weather warning system. The first test will be activated on Tuesday, July 29 at 6:45 p.m. The system will again be tested Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 6:45 p.m., and Aug. 12 at 6:45 p.m.

The siren will be followed by a public address message.

Community residents are asked not to panic. These tests are to ensure us that our system is working in the event we need to activate it during a real emergency.

In the event that this system is activated during a real emergency, we ask all residents to seek shelter until the severe weather has passed. The fire department will assess the damage and advise the residents via any of the following: public address system, media, and the county hyper-reach system.

Any questions, call the village office at 673-5512.

Vendors sought for National Night Out

The Amsterdam Police Department, in conjunction with the city's Recreation Department, will celebrate National Night Out Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Veterans Park on Locust Avenue. The event is organized nationally to heighten awareness of crime, drug & violence prevention efforts, and to encourage community participation. All Community members are welcome. The event will feature food and drinks, community safety information, community organization information, free children's activities, K-9 demonstrations, free admission to the city pool, music by DJ Justin, and a movie in the park. Non-profit vendors who would like to hand out information can contact Sam Bonanno by emailing

Organizational meeting planned

BROADALBIN -- There will be an organizational meeting Thursday, July 31, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Broadalbin municipal building for those interested in volunteering for the Little Patriots Football Program. Questions may be directed to Lou Magliocca at 883-3291.

Catholic Charities awarded grant

Catholic Charities of Fulton and Montgomery Counties has been awarded a five-year Advancing Tobacco-Free Communities grant from the state Department of Health.

The organization is holding a pair of informational sessions to share its goals and initiatives of the program.

The first is scheduled Wednesday, July 30 at 10 a.m. at the Johnstown Public Library, 38 S. Market St., Johnstown. The next is scheduled Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 1 p.m. at the Creative Connections Arts Center, 303 E. Main St., Amsterdam.

Please RSVP by Friday, July 25 to Shauna Sitts at or call 762-8313 ext. 232. Please indicate which session you would like to attend.

Parade organizers seek participants

FONDA -- The Fonda Fair Labor Day Parade Committee is inviting community organizations to participate in the annual parade scheduled at noon Monday, Sept. 1. Suggested organizations include fire departments, youth organizations, floats, marching bands, car clubs, dignitaries, horses, and livestock. Line up begins at 10 a.m. on the fairgrounds.

To register, log on to and click on "parade registration," or call Jackie Lape at 496-6926.

St. Johnsville office to close

ST. JOHNSVILLE -- The town of St. Johnsville offices will be closed for vacation the week of July 28 through Aug. 3.

Rabies clinics are scheduled

The Montgomery County Public Health Department has announced there will be a pair of rabies vaccination clinics in August. The first is scheduled Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Palatine town board, Stone Arabia Road, Fort Plain. The second will be Saturday, Aug. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Rural Grove Fire Department, Route 162.

The cost is $10 per vaccine to cover the veterinarian administration fee.

To assure the safety of other pets and people, dogs must be leashed; cats and ferrets must be contained in a pet carrier or box when attending the rabies clinic.

Pet owners should bring proof of their pet's last rabies vaccination. This helps the veterinarian determine whether the pet will receive a one or three year vaccination; without it your pet will receive a one-year vaccination only.

New York State Public Health Law requires that all dogs, cats and domestic ferrets shall have initial vaccinations administered against rabies no later than 4 months of age and stay up to date with re-vaccinations.


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