Aluminum and Arongen. Science, “Stardust,” scholars and spokes. All these, plus an appearance by Dilly the Clown, were part of the Schenectady Gazette during the spring of 1989.
The aluminum initiative was Tim Sweeney’s project at the State University of New York at Cobleskill. The freshman student and some of his friends wanted to help cut the federal deficit, and decided to collect cans and bottles to raise some dough. The plan was a response to President George H.W. Bush’s call for more volunteerism in America.
Arongen, the elementary school in Clifton Park, made news for its annual carnival. Jessica Tomassi and her pals promoted face-painting, a teddy bear toss, shooting gallery and dart balloon games at the party, which was held on April 28.
Kids at the Hartland School in Glenville blinded people with science. The school’s science fair was held April 12.
“Stardust” was the stage name used by Amy Film, who entertained during an open house at the Ballston Spa Youth Center on April 22. The scholars were brainy young men and women who won prizes at the annual Business Day at Schenectady County Community College.
Mary Ellen and Loren Rucinski rolled their spokes on the bike path in Niskayuna. Their sons Kevin and Tom were also aboard for the spring fling in April.
As for Dilly, he — or she — appeared with “Stardust” at the Ballston Spa Youth Center. Exhaustive research by The Daily Gazette’s history department has uncovered Dilly clowns in Rochester and British Columbia, but none in the Capital Region.
Anyone with any information about possible Dilly dalliances in the newspaper’s circulation area are asked to contact Jeff Wilkin at 395-3124 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.