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Proposed Maine-to-Amsterdam highway fell through

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015
For a time, serious thought was given to the idea of making Amsterdam the western end of a 419-mile, four-lane road informally called Interstate 92 or the East-West Highway.

Amsterdam tragedies remembered

Friday, Oct. 16, 2015

Three tragedies which occurred in Amsterdam during his lifetime haunt local native Sam Vomero to this day.

Pioneer female broadcaster helped with historic preservation

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015

A pioneer woman broadcasting executive became town historian in Charleston, Montgomery County, and spearheaded restoration of an eighteenth century building there through the town historical society.

Historic sites making use of social media

Friday, Oct. 2, 2015
Brian Mack of the Fort Plain Museum and other promoters of Revolutionary War tourism in western Montgomery County are regular users of social media.

Utica mental health facility known far, wide

Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015

Do you remember being told in the middle of the last century that you were so addled that you were going to be sent to Utica?

Two dogs named for ‘genial’ state legislator

Friday, Sept. 11, 2015

State Sen. William T. Byrne from Albany gave a spaniel to the Huston family of Amsterdam in the 1930s.

Amsterdam woman was union pioneer

Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015

An Irish immigrant woman became a leader in the fledgling union movement while living in Amsterdam in the nineteenth century.

Area history book finally published

Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015

Columnist and reporter Hugh Donlon labored for eight years writing “The Mohawk Valley,” what he described as a history of the valley from the last ice age to 1940.

Clergymen on bicycles and the summer of 1886

Friday, Aug. 14, 2015

A clergymen’s group called the Clerical Bicyclists reached Amsterdam on August 10, 1886 and stayed at the Warner Hotel on Main Street, according to the Daily Democrat newspaper. T

Unraveling a family history

Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015
Patricia Bush of Rotterdam has found stories of heartbreak and resilience while researching her family’s past.

Johnstown man was talk show phenomenon

Friday, July 24, 2015

Richard W. Stander Sr. of Johnstown, who almost made it to his 101st birthday, was an opinionated and entertaining caller to radio talk shows from the 1960s until shortly before his death in April 1993.

Sweet memories of soda fountain

Friday, July 17, 2015
Amsterdam native and retired Fulton County Historian Peter Betz has sweet memories of a soda fountain on Amsterdam’s Market Hill.

Lafayette’s visit to Fort Hunter

Friday, July 10, 2015

If you visit Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site in Fort Hunter during this weekend’s Canal Days, you will be following in the footsteps of Marquis de Lafayette. Lafayette, though, actually visited by canal boat in 1825.

Highlights of 235 summers

Friday, July 3, 2015
The summer of 1780 was not peaceful in the Mohawk Valley — the American Revolution was underway. T

Amsterdam inventor was the furniture repair man

Saturday, June 27, 2015
While Amsterdam’s carpet industry was starting to decline after World War II, Lawrence Pabis, a local man of Polish descent created a multimillion dollar company that made furniture repair products.

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