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Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Updated: 7:32 AM

County executive to present budget

FONDA -- Montgomery County Executive Matthew Ossenfort will present his 2015 budget to the public Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 6 p.m. at the county courthouse, 64 Broadway.

Record number of books read

FONDA -- The Frothingham Free Library, 28 W. Main St., saw 176 children participate in the summer reading program and set a library record by reading 3,175 books.

The eight-week program called "Fizz, Boom, Read" concluded with an awards party featuring Pip Squeaks the Clown.

Children who were unable to attend the awards party may stop by the library for their certificates and awards.

Church plans community meal

St. Ann's Episcopal Church, 37 Division St., Amsterdam, will hold its community meal Sunday, Aug. 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The menu includes Italian sausage sandwiches, steak fries, baked beans and dessert.

The meal is free and open to all. Sorry, no takeout.

Church to offer painting classes

Linda Tracz will lead oil painting classes at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Annex Building, New Street, Amsterdam.

Ten-week sessions will began Aug. 27 for Wednesday classes and today (Aug. 28) for Thursday classes.

The classes for Wednesday will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and Thursday classes will be from 2 to 4 p.m.

For more information, and to enroll, call 842-1934.

Both experienced and non-experienced painters of all ages are welcome.

City plans Labor Day closures

The City of Amsterdam transit system will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day.

The regular schedule will resume on Tuesday.

City Hall will also be closed Monday, and will reopen Tuesday.

Clerk's office will be closed Monday

TOWN OF FLORIDA -- The town clerk's office will be closed for Labor Day Sept. 1.

Office hours for September through December will be Monday and Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m., and Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Church to hand out school supplies

Calvary Assembly of God Church will distribute 120 book bags filled with school supplies Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The supplies are available to students in grades kindergarten through fifth, with a maximum of 20 book bags distributed for each grade, and a maximum of two children per family. They will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Each child must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian and show a report card or a classroom assignment.

Barbecue dinner will be served

MAYFIELD -- The Mayfield Historical Society will hold a chicken barbecue Sunday, Sept. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Mayfield Grill, 8 School St.

This event is open to the public.

Whitey's of Johnstown will prepare the food. The meal includes barbecued chicken, baked potato, cole slaw, roll and butter, and dessert. Eat-in or take-out available.

The public is also welcome to picnic at the Rice Homestead. The tickets are $10 each and will be sold on a pre-sale basis until Saturday.

Tickets may be purchased at the Mayfield Grill and from any member of the Mayfield Historical Society, including Bart Warner at 661-5964, and Sylvia Parker at 661-5576.

Contestants sought for festival pageant

LITTLE FALLS -- Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Mohawk Valley Garlic and Herb Festival Pageant to be held at Canal Place Saturday, Sept. 13, at 11 a.m.

Several titles will be awarded in various age divisions ranging from age three to 21.

Registration is required by Sept. 8 and applications are available online at

For more information call pageant director Laurie Jean Britton (315) 717-6288.

Auxiliary plans first meeting of the year

St. Mary's Healthcare Auxiliary Inc. will start its 2014-15 year Thursday, Sept. 11. The meeting will start with Mass at 6:15 p.m. in the hospital chapel. A business meeting will follow.

President Barbara Cope will welcome members, and planning committee chairwoman Patricia Shuttig will present highlights of the upcoming meetings and fundraising events.

A date of special note is Saturday, Nov. 22, which will be the auxiliary's Christmas in November annual holiday home tour.

Program booklets containing event and meeting information, and committee members will be distributed at the business meeting.

New members are welcome. Those interested can get more information from the St. Mary's Volunteer Department by calling Colleen Hardies-Medwid 841-7136.


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