Dwight Lindsey, John Hartley and Mark Swannie spent mornings delivering the Schenectady Gazette newspaper in 1967. The guys had to recruit subs for a week in July — they had won five-day vacations in northern Maine. The carriers earned time off by signing up the most subscribers during a spring competition. Young people had other forms of recreation on their minds in 1967. Folk singers were preparing for August vocals at Hillside Elementary School in Niskayuna. Pony rides were popular at Brookside Park, off Hetcheltown Road in Glenville. Kids who lived in Schenectady’s Germania Avenue neighborhood had their own “Tot Lot.” The playground had been established in 1966 and had a merry-go-round, slide, climbing wall and monkey bars. Swimmers in Schenectady were logging 50 miles worth of laps in the Mont Pleasant pool.
Three Schenectady Gazette newspaper carriers and their chaperone prepare for a five-day trip to Maine during the summer of 1967. From left are Dwight Lindsey, John Hartley, Gazette district circulation manager Carl Steinberg and Mark Swannie.
Jane Golub plays guitar and sings along with kids from Niskayuna’s Hillside Elementary School area in July 1967. Golub and the kids were warming up for a folk-singing program scheduled at the school for August. Terri Silverston, standing in rear with dark blouse, was a volunteer counselor for the program.
Donna Matthews, left, and Michelle Ganswith smile on their spots at the Germania Avenue “Tot Lot.”The playground had been founded the year before by citizens who wanted to provide a place where neighborhood children could play.
Brookside Park in Glenville was famous for pony rides in ’67. Chris Hunt leads ponies ridden by Ronald Altheiser, left, and Joe Gutierrez to kids waiting to ride. From the left in front are Sandy Altheiser, Angela Parente and Sandy Gannon. In the middle row, are Nancy Altheiser, Cheryl DesRoches, Tina Parente, Jeffrey Otis and Michael Altheiser. In the back row are Steve Savignano and Don Dennis.
Frank Binger, right, a member of the Guan-Ho-Ha Fish and Game Club in Glenville, preps young people for a camping trip at Camp Colby outside Saranac Lake during the summer of 1967. Steve Kodesch (holding bow and arrow) and Scott Quinn sit in front. Standing in the middle row, from left, are Tom Woodman, William Dobies, Tim Oathout and Schuyler Stewart Jr. In the back are Ted Pitrowski (left) and Gray Watkins. The club sent 10 local boys on vacation to the then all-boy camp.
James Wheeler of the YMCA’s Mont Pleasant branch in Schenectady holds a chart showing progress of 26 swimmers participating in a 50-mile challenge at the pool. Standing near the pool ladder is Mrs. Michael Pecoraro. Boys in the middle row are Joseph Badalucco, left, and Kenneth Ille. Cheryl Martiniano and Mrs. William Kozak float in front.