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Memories of downtown days past

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Amsterdam native Bob Belive’s band, The Dynamics, played at the Columbian Hall in the 1960s while he attended Amsterdam High School. The hall was on East Main Street near Schuyler Street, over Amsterdam Rug. Belive also recalled businesses around the bus terminal then — Rapello’s Pharmacy and Frank’s Pool Hall, above the Sears store. Belive was a Friday night regular at Rapello’s, and said, “You could get a soda for a dime and hang out ...

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