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Local folks had hearts in right place in February ’78

Monday, February 11, 2013
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Tom Czaban, kneeling right, proprietor of Czaban Motors on Freeman’s Bridge Road in Glenville, and pals Dennis Schaefer, left, and John Vogel, show off hubcaps collected in February 1978. Potholes in the road had liberated caps from their vehicles.
Tom Czaban, kneeling right, proprietor of Czaban Motors on Freeman’s Bridge Road in Glenville, and pals Dennis Schaefer, left, and John Vogel, show off hubcaps collected in February 1978. Potholes in the road had liberated caps from their vehicles.

Tom Czaban had a heart when it came to hubcaps.

During the winter of 1978, a large pothole in front of his Freeman’s Bridge Road business caused shakedowns for dozens of wheel covers. Czaban and friends Dennis Schaefer and John Vogel picked up the hubcaps, and Czaban made the accessories an advertised special in front of his used-car lot.

Czaban put up a sign for motorists whose cars and trucks had sustained bumps and losses — hubcap retrieval was free.

For other people, valentine hearts and fire hydrants were more important in February 1978. Fathers and daughters attended a Valentine banquet at the Southern Saratoga County Family YMCA.

Terri Vandewalker, 14, cleared snow from the hydrant near her Linden Street home. She made friends with city firefighters, who appreciated all efforts to clear city equipment.

Flags and rifles were key components for Mont Pleasant High School teens on the school color guard. The group had formed in late 1977.

Kari Ratzel, 101⁄2, was happy with pen and paper. The fifth-grader at Howe Elementary School in Schenectady had just become a published author. Her “Miss Webber and Her Sewing Machine” was a 12-page story that appealed to young readers.

 

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