Capital Region Scrapbook: In the mix in ’66

Scouts, sales, singers and salutes all were in the news during January 1966.
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Scouts, sales, singers and salutes all were in the news during January 1966.

Boy Scouts in Troop 21 were goin’ west — a bunch of the guys were making plans to visit the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M., during the summer. Hiking, mountain climbing, conservation, archaeology and horseback riding were among the attractions.

Paint brushes, hammers and floor tiles were goin’ on sale at Grossman’s on Erie Boulevard in Schenectady. The new store opened on Jan. 19 in quarters once occupied by the Delaware & Hudson Railroad. Lumber, heating and plumbing tools, kitchen cabinets and roofing shingles were all in stock. The store was Grossman’s 48th in its Eastern chain.

The store remained an Erie Boulevard fixture until Grossman’s moved to a larger space in Crosstown Plaza.

Forty-five years ago, the Octavo Singers were busy, preparing for a Jan. 17 performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at the Union College Memorial Chapel. The show was the group’s 32nd annual performance of the piece.

Salutes came to — and from — high school students.

Sylvia Petraske, a junior at Mont Pleasant High School, and Tina Ladd, a junior at Linton High School, won prizes in an essay contest sponsored by Mayor Malcolm Ellis’ Committee for the Employment of the Handicapped.

Rotterdam Elks Lodge 2157 presented savings bonds to Draper High School students Maryanne Cunningham and Robert Vitrikas, winners of the group’s leadership contest.

Some students paid respects to their elders. Karen Montgomery, president of the Distributive Education Clubs of America at Linton High, presented Clarence B. Heisler of The Carl Co. with a DECA pin for his interest and participation in DECA programs at both Linton and Mont Pleasant. Teens interested in marketing, management and business entrepreneurship belonged to DECA clubs.

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