Tom Czaban had a heart when it came to hubcaps. During the winter of 1978, a large pothole in front of his Freeman’s Bridge Road business caused shakedowns for dozens of wheel covers. Czaban and friends Dennis Schaefer and John Vogel picked up the hubcaps, and Czaban made the accessories an advertised special in front of his used-car lot. Czaban put up a sign for motorists whose cars and trucks had sustained bumps and losses — hubcap retrieval was free. For other people, valentine hearts, clearning fire hydrants, writing and participating in the school color guard were big deals.
Tom Czaban, kneeling right, proprietor of Czaban Motors on Freeman’s Bridge Road in Glenville, and pals Dennis Schaefer, left, and John Vogel, show off hubcaps collected in February 1978. Potholes in the road had liberated caps from their vehicles.
Fathers and daughters gathered for a Valentine’s Day banquet at the Southern Saratoga County Family YMCA. From left are Tina DeLucca, Bob DeLucca, YMCA director Cindy Swadba, John Zalucki and Amy Zalucki.
Young women in the Mont Pleasant High School color guard kneel and salute. From left are Kim Hiller, Maria Marotta, Nancy Lawyer, Jill McLaud, Lori LaSalle, Vincenza Ciampi and Debby Williams.
Members of Mont Pleasant High School's color guard are ready for action in February 1978. Kneeling from left are Kim Hiller, Maria Marotta, Nancy Lawyer, Jill McLaud, Lori LaSalle, Vincenza Ciampi and Debby Williams. Among the members standing from left are Robert Daggs, Wendy Smith, Cheryl Flory, Colleen Messitt, Debbie Bradt, Denise Valade, Sue Valade, Kathy Smith and Donna Cituk. Two standing members are not identified.
Schenectady fifth-grader Kari Ratzel strikes a writer’s pose in February 1978. Kari, 101⁄2, had just published her first book.
A shovel and a smile are all Terri Vandewalker needs as she clears snow from a fire hydrant on Linden Street.