It was a little too early for ice in Schenectady on Thursday, Nov. 18, 1982. Glen Gibbs would have disagreed — he felt pretty frosty when he took a late autumn swim on Front Street. The city of Schenectady dedicated its new swimming pool in the neighborhood that day and Glen, a member of the city’s Planning Department, either volunteered or was ordered to try out the brand new outdoor bathtub. Neighborhood watches, community boosters, skiing fans, school personnel, local clergymen and a group of Elks were also in the news 30 years ago this month.
Everyone has a good laugh as Glen Gibbs of the city of Schenectady’s Planning Department tests the ice-cold waters of the new Front Street swimming pool on Nov. 18, 1982. The pool was dedicated that day; it probably was warmer when it opened for business during the summer of 1983.
Schenectady Mayor Frank J. Duci awards certificates of appreciation to neighborhood watch presidents in November 1982. From left are Michael Hilton of the Union Street group, Frank Bala of Mont Pleasant, Sgt. Ray Wemple of the Schenectady Police Department, Duci and Shirley Meuse of Central State Street.
Niskayuna Elks moved into new headquarters in November 1982 — the stately McLane Estate in Rexford. From left are John Young, a former leader of Lodge 2594; John McGovern, then exalted ruler of the lodge; John Humphrey, a past exalted ruler; and Thomas Kosinski, the lodge’s building chairman.
Erma Galick, also known as Patches the Clown, demonstrates face-painting for folks at Koda Elementary School in Clifton Park. From left are Kathy Dalton, coordinator of the school’s parent-teacher organization; Christine Alessandro; and Koda vice-principal Jack Lewis. The painting would be part of the school’s coming garage and craft sale.
Religious leaders plan a Thanksgiving gathering at Trinity United Methodist Church. From left are Rev. Paul Hayes of Tabernacle Baptist Church, Rabbi Michael Szenes of Temple Gates of Heaven, Ralph Boyd Sr. of First Baptist Church of Schenectady and Roger U. Day of Trinity United.
United Way volunteers young and old gathered as the organization’s 1982 campaign began to wrap up in November. From left are 90-year-old volunteer Saul King, campaign chairman Al Danzig and Craig School Girl Scout Lisa Abuaf.
Donna Huptick, a first-grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in Scotia, gives some wisdom for writing to members of her class in November 1982. From left are Rebecca Duel, Tim Messitt and Shannon Krug.
Sue Fairbanks tries on a ski boot during the fall of 1982, and gets ready for the annual winter sports equipment sale at Burnt Hills United Methodist Church. Sue’s parents, sale chairman Al Fairbanks and Elaine Fairbanks, seem to like the fit.