Spring always brings new beginnings. In the past, spring also has brought new music, new nurses, new fraternal Elks and new golfers to Schenectady.
In 1966, the mod sounds of “The Pastels” filled the Draper High School auditorium. The student-powered rock ’n’ roll outfit teamed up with Draper majorettes for the annual Draper Follies. At another Rotterdam school, Schalmont, folksingers Chris Musella, Nancy VanValkenburg and Alan Dietz wowed crowds at “April in Paris,” a school PTA-sponsored show at the Schonowe Fire Hall.
Ellis Hospital welcomed new nurses during the spring of 1966. Helen Haskins was selected “Ideal Student Nurse” at the hospital’s school of nursing honors dinner. Haskins’ classmates included Carole Dunn, Carol Fitzsimmons and Laurel Zea.
The Schenectady Elks installed new officers during April of 1966. The new team included exalted ruler David Sykes and Louis Adelson, chairman of the board of trustees.
With snow gone for another season in 1968, golfers returned to green havens. Joybelle Shapnek looked like she wanted to join the club — she smiled as she held an iron and listened to words of encouragement from Sanger Steel. Steel was a school teacher, but also taught people ways to swing outdoors.
New goals can also be part of springtime news. In 1968, Episcopal rectors from the Capital Region banded together and announced a $2 million Second Century Episcopal Diocesan Campaign to meet church needs and diocesan programs.