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Amsterdam middle school auditorium named to honor 1966 graduate

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Nearly a half-century after Michael Lynch played a redeemed Mr. Banks in Amsterdam High School’s production of “Mary Poppins,” the very auditorium that witnessed his performance will bear his name. The auditorium recently got a substantial touch-up, with new seats and paint, and a generous helping of past grandeur. The facelift got former high school principal and theater director Umberto “Bert” DeRose thinking about Lynch. In the mid-1960s, Lynch was one of the best actors ...

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