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The Altamont Enterprise una Albany County Put ESTABLISHED UM Published each Thursday at 123 Maple Ave., Altamont, N.Y. 12009. Second-class postage paid at Altamont, N.Y. Postmaster: Send address chaoses to The Altamont Eaterprise,'P;0. Box E, Altamont, N.Y. 12009. OFFICE PHONE 861-6641 HOURS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. SUBSCRIPTION RATES: For Albany County residents, one year, $9:00; six months, S7.50: three months, S6.50. For out-of-county subscribers, one year, $9.75; six months, $8.25; three months, $7.25. Any postal charges incurred by a subscriber's failure to notify the newspaper of a change in address will be billed to the subscriber upon renewal. DEADLINE FOR NEWS ITEMS: Tuesday noon before publication. DISPLAY ADVERTISING RATES may be furnished by request. SINGLE COPIES: 25 cents. Viewpoints expressed hy staff members, contributing writers, and correspondents do not necessari- ly represent those of the ownership of The Altamont Enterprise. Publisher and Editor JAMES E. GARDNER News Editor (861-8571) BOB HAGYARD Advertising Representatives:. „ JANIS. TASTOR (872^2421) BARBARA VINK (Guilderland — 765-4116) Office Manaeers '..... MILDRED PLUMMER WANDA GARDNER Production JAMES E. GARDNER, Jr. MARLENE CHRYSLER MARY SHERMAN DIANA ARNOLD Contributing Writers CAROL DuBRIN MAC FULLER DICK MUNROE • GEORGE NORTHRUP SHORTY VROMAN KAY WEIDMAN CORRESPONDENTS Altamont '.'.'ROSEMARY CARUSO Berne '. ALBERTA WRIGHT Dormansville FRANCES SWART Dttnnsville VIOLA GRAY Fullers..' I.OI.ITA WORMER Gallupvillc i i.MAGGIE STATON Giffords ?MYRTLE BLESSING Guilderland. ......'. RUTH 'RELYEA Knox MILDRED NICHOLSON Lake Onderdonk DAWN SOPER BOB SHELFORD McKownville FRED ABELE LINDSAY CHILDS Sharp's Corners, EVELYN LEATHER South Bethlehem .' , MARIE GRIFFIN Thayer's Corners BETTY BLODGETT Thompson's Lake. LORA RICKETTS Voorheesville PAT HOT AUNG Westcrlo GLADYS CORNELL Letters To Hie Editor A MEASUREMENT OFSUCCESS To the Editor: The stage stands strangely silent. Gone is the gold and the glitter. The lights have come down and the curtain is now closed. All that remain are the memories — memories of moments shared by a family of friends pursuing the common' goal of a successful theatrical production. But, be- tween the moments and' the memories there lies, at least in part, a measure of success. Since its inception some 15 months ago; the Hilltowns Players have grown and dreamed — and worked hard to make their dreams come true.. The successful produc- tion of \Li'l Abner\ in August 1982 fueled fires of fantasies yet to come. With several well-received performances of two one-act plays in and around the Hilltowns, and a New York State Council on the Arts grant to gird their strength, The Hilltowns Players began prepara- tion of their most ambitious projecu: three perfor-, sum raances cf Rodgers and Hammer- stein's classic musical \The King And I.\ In addition to support from NYSCA, generous contributions from area businesses and individ- ual patrons helped to make \The King And I\ a reality. Excellent acting, marvelous singing, and splendid.' choreo- graphy .shared the stage with glittering costumes of breath- taking color. Accompanied by a JlS-member professional orchestra, \The King And I\ did not fail to impress even the most critical of its viewers. Yet the question must still be asked, was this a successful production? In light of the acclaimed artistic success of \The King And I,\ it is indeed unfortunate that such a memorable moment was missed by so many. As a result of poor audience attendance, future plans by the players may have to be curtailed or canceled fox lack of community support. Total audi- ence attendance for three perfor- mances of \The King And I\ was less than 400 people; far short of the projected goal of 900 and also well below the S65 who. saw last. summer's production of \Li'l Abner.\ Not only has this small turnout left the Hilltowns Players with a deficit of over $600, but, and perhaps more important, it.has left the impression that such efforts may not be appreciated in our communities. There is no greater discouragement for an entertainer than an auditorium that is only about one-third filled.. Several reasons can be cited as having contributed to this apparent lack of support. The scheduled dates were at a time when many people were away on vacation. There was also a problem with ticket availability and our publi- city could have covered a larger area. It also became most obvious that ticket prices were too low. Many people commented to cast members that the performance was worth \twice the, admission price.\ The Hilltowns Players hope to learn from these mistakes should the- opportunity • become available. If the members of our communi- ties would like to see The Hilltowns Players continue to present theatre and other performing arts, then the Players hope they will make that support known. Since The Hill- towns Players, Inc. is a not-for- profit public corporation, any contributions made to the organi- zation are tax deductible. Anyone wishing to show support can'send their contributions to The Hilltowns Players; P.O. Box 57, Berne, N.Y. 12023. But, of even more importance to the organiza- tion, is the verbal support that is needed. Let The Hilltowns Players know you appreciate their efforts. A card or a note with some kind words will help give direction to possible future projects. The Hilltowns Players hope to hear from you soon, whether it be with monetary . contributions or words of support and ideas. But, if you are really enthusiastic about theatre, why not come to the annual meeting on Sept 28 in the music room aj B-K-W and become a member. Please help; we need to bear from you. Mitchell Haverly President, Hilltowns Players HONESTFIREMEN To the Editor: I would like to express my appreciation to the New Salem Fire Department and especially Peter Hart for the effort they made in locating me as the winner of a 10-speed bike at this summer's Punkintown Fair. I was on vacation and they took the time and extra effort to notify me when I'm sure it would have been just as easy to draw another ticket. Again, I thank everyone involved for their effort and honesty. Joseph E. Paraso R.D. 2, Voorheesville The Altamont Enterprise — Thursday, September IS, J983 By RICHARD J, CONNERS Assemblyman, 104th District In attending the annual Com- munity Housing Resource Board .meeting at Tom Sawyer Inn, McKownville, Sept 9, I was delighted to learn the very top priority was to be expended this year on the Hilltowns Project. Federal and State Housing Author- ity officials were on hand to hear rationale for the Community Board's application for funding and to announce its. approval by H.U.D. The major goal of .the Hilltowns Project is to provide the vehicle for informing' residents, of the Berne, Knox, Westerlo and Rehsselaer- vJUe area of Albany County on the mechanics of home financing, mortgage availability and rehabili- tation assistance. In an area which grew 27.3 percent in population between the 1970 and 1980 census, CHRB feels in conducting a series of workshops in the Berae-Knox-Westerio-Rerisse- laervilie area they will address these concerns: (1) Mortgages — types available for unique needs such as FHA, VA, FMHA, Conventional and Federal Land Bank and Production Credit, (2) Availability of rehabilitation and weatherization assistance through Albany , County. Rural Housing Alliance and others. (3) Restoration funding — where and how to apply. (4) Responsibilities of bomeown- ership. President of Community Hous- ing Resource Board this year is Dick Wooster of First Federal Savings and former Voorheesville resident. The invocationist was Rev. William Roland, president of the Interdenominational Ministers Alliance of Albany. The Automobile Association and the police departments advertise their admonition: \Motorists Drive Carefully, School is Open,\ watch for pedestrian crossings, flashing yellow lights on school buses that cry \full stop.\ These voices also ask for care and urge parents and teachers contribute their most necessary part in the development of their own, and their children's^safety habits. The American Automobile Asso- ciation through its affiliate, the Hudson River Valley Auto Club in Albany, distributes a number of safety pamphlets. Seven student safety rules are particularly ap- propriate now. The coming change in time causes an additional hazard in the use of today's heavily traveled roads after dark. These rules, with my little additions, could well be called \Jogging Rules\ or \Adult Walking Rules\ as well as \Student Rules:\ (1) Carry a lighted flashlight or lamp or wear reflective clothing • when traveling'on foot after dark. (2) Cross at crosswalks, keep right-in crosswalk. (3) Before changing .direction, look all ways— be sureyour way is clear. (4) Cross only on proper signal. (5) Look for turning cars. (6) Never go into traffic from between parked cars without the greatest degree of caution. (7) Where there is no sidewalk, it is necessary to walk or run on the left side, facing traffic. We older citizens admonish our children on how they should walk or use the roadways. It behooves us to give them good example whether on foot or behind a wheel Commissioner Lillian Roberts represented Gov. Mario Cuomo and read the governor's Labor Day proclamation. Met Ruth Leverett, executive director of the State Temporary Commission on Dioxin Exposure, and a marcher. The commission will expire on Sept. 30 and its duties will be retained in the State Department of Health. The Veterans Affairs Committee play- ed a very important part in the urge to develop information on Dioxin, particularly as it appears to have caused suffering to our soldiers in Vietnam. \Don't pull the plug on the canal\ was one of the signs carried 1 in the Albany Labor Day parade. The long parade ended with a speech by labor leaders and representatives of state govern- ment in the West Capitol Park. President Harold Joyce of the electrical union was everywhere at once from the corner of Partridge St. to the speaker's stand in Capitol Park. President Bill McGowan ably presented the desires of the Civil Service Employees Associa- tion. Music by the Yankee Doodle Military Band lightened the steps down Central Ave. and presented with the voices of Bobby McGee and Marsha Lee in a Tally of interest and entertainment. Herb Hennings was in the vanguard of thejPEF. ,? J.' . ..\ '• \ ,.\\\ The \tin Lizzie/' the \Ford'in your Future;** \anjTcbldr aS long as the color is black\ and how. \The better idea\ comes to mind when I visited with Alice Cantwell of the Ford Motor Co. at the unveiling of a billboard promoting the company's products and paid for \by the workers of Ford; Green Island, Sept. 2. Met Bill Chattin of Clarksville, 80 years young, who owns a 1926 Model T Ford and had it on display in Green Island. Says he learned to drive on a Reo. He was born in Beech, N.D. He swears the following story is true: \My father traded a blind horse to a fellow in exchange for a car. Three days later the fellow came back and told, my father that the horse had dropped dead, to which my father replied, \Gee that's funny, he' never did that before.\ Trading a Ford for a Reo in the long run would have been the same type of deal. A Dakota tale? Harvesting of apple orchards is in full swing. Television station Channel 10 carried a story during the past week about \gleaning.\ From a quotation in the Bible to harvesting vegetables in the State • of Washington is quite a time and place span and yet up to the minute. Unspoiled missed vege- tables were gathered by unemploy- ed families as guests of local farmers and with the cooperation of self help organizations was processed and saved for the coming winter. The \gleaning\ of the Bible days and its application to the fields of America is neighborlhiess in practice, I re- member old people telling of the orchard owner who always left some apples on the trees for the birds or the day he would want an. apple and not be near the apple barrel in the barn. People In Service SCHUMACHER — Pvt. George B. Schumacher recently completed the wheeled-vehicle mechanic course atFt. Jackson, S.C. The son of George B. and Mary E. Schumacher of Selkirk, he is a 1961 Raveria-Coeymans-Selkirk High School graduate. EMUIS TO Comt Events listed below are open to the public. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 Blsssd Pressure Screening Clinic, 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m., Guilderland Town Hall, Route 20 -west of McCormack's Corners, sponsored by Heart Association. Free. Guilderland Historical Society meeting, 8 p.m., Mynderse- Frederick House, Route 146, Guil- derland Center. Program: Slide talk, by Town Historian Roger Keenholts on Federal-period furni- ture in New York State. Albany County Audubon Society meeting, 8 p.m., Five Rivers Environmental Education Center;' Game Farm Road, Delmar. Pro- gram: slide lecture by Don Rittner on geology, natural history, land use and politics of the Pine Bush. Square Dance demonstration night for beginners, 8 p.m., Schoharie High School, Route 30, sponsored by Schoharie Valley Hayshakers. Club classes will begin Sept. 22. Golf Tourney-Dinner to benefit Chapter 13, Mended Hearts, Schuy- ler Meadows Country Club, Lou- donville. Open to all (no limits on number of particiDants): golf and. dinner $50 (tax-deductible) golf/ dinner $30 separately. Phone Heart Association at 869-1961 for info. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 . Turkey Supper, 3:30p.m. until all are served; Helderberg Reformed. Church, Route 146, Guilderland Center. Donation: $5.50 adults, $3 children under 12. Menu: turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes, boiled onions, squash, cranberry sauce, pickles, rolls, butter, homemade, apple and pumpkin pie, beverages. Bowhunter Safety Course, Rako- wana archery course/. Picard Road, New Salem. Free, but pre-registration required;, phone AT Dwyer at 4393997 or Chet; Bpfehlke at 43>4498. . ;: V]'' 28th Lord's Ac*e auctfth,&ir aid* chicken barbecue, Trinity\'.;Unife&: Methodist CfiurcnV Route '143, Coeymans Hollow., Lord's Acre Sale, Knox Reform- ed Church, Route 156. Booths (open 10 a.m.) will offer fancy work, baked goods, books, toys, knick- knacks, plants.; rumipsge sale begins 9 a.m. in basement; auction 11 a.m. on. Pickups: Herbert Quay at 872-1696, Marshall Stevens at 872-0092. B-K-W Alumni Banquet, Route 7, Cobleskill. Phone Delores Durfee at 872-0326 for information/reser-; vations. 35th Dutch Fair of First Reform- ed Church, Scotia, 9:30 a.m. on. Daylong auction, next-to-new clothing shop, turkey dinner servings 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., homebaked and canned goods, quilts, and children's carnival. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Archery Shoot And Picnic, Rakowana Archers course, Picard Road, New Salem. For information phone Bob Weatherwax at 355-1299 or George McKim at 355-6855. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Movie, \Comanche Station\ (Randolph Sc'ottr, 10 a.m., Guilder- land Free Library, 1873 Western Ave., Westmere. Free. 'The Arts And Disarmament,' panel presentation, 7:30 p.m., Capital District Psychiatric Center, little theater, 75 New Scotland Ave., Albany, sponsored by Capital District Non-violence Project. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Tri-Chem Paint Crafts Party, 8 p.m., Altamont Fire House, Main St., sponsored by ladies auxiliary. Demonstrator wiil have samples. Refreshments, > ' •'- i Western Square Dance fun night for singles 18-39, 8 to 10 p.m., Farnsworth Middle School, Route 155 ( ME mile south of Route 20). No partner .needed.' » Movie, '-'A Separate Peace,\ 7 ? p.m., Berne Free Library, Route 443. Free. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Convention of Albany County Volunteer Firemen's Association begins (first of four days) at North (Continued on Page 10)

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