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In January '78, Scouts, Scots, cops were on docket

In January '78, Scouts, Scots, cops were on docket

This week's Capital Region Scrapbook visits Eagle Scouts, Scots and cops in January 1978.

The Eagles were big on stage during the 1970s.

Another aerie was big at Mohonasen High School. But these guys didn’t sing.

Five members of Boy Scout Troop 52 received Scouting’s highest honor in January 1978. Andrew O’Neil, Lou Chow, Dean Chow, David Smith and David Helmin earned the awards. At the time, the troop was sponsored by the Carman-Bradt Parent Teacher Association. The “court of honor” was then believed to be the largest ever held by the Schenectady County Council.

Scots were also in the news 35 years ago this month. Capital Region residents with family ties to Scotland celebrated the 219th birthday of poet Robert Burns. Pipes were heard and Gaelic toasts were given at the Valhalla Country Club in Rexford — now the Mohawk River Country Club.

Schenectady police were also in a giving mood in early 1978. Police transferred record books that dated from the 1870s to 1951 to the city’s history center. “I am keenly aware of the storehouse of interesting yarns contained within those books,” said Larry Hart, city and county historian. “I am sure that students of history will be able to make good use of them in the years to come.”

Music was the key subject at St. Paul the Apostle school in Schenectady. Kids entertained with the ’70s rock opera “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat” on Jan. 17.

Ron Masi and his friends from Mont Pleasant’s Class of 1958 were thinking about different music — young men and women were planning their 20th anniversary class reunion. And shake, rattle and roll might have been on their minds.

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