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Capital Region Scrapbook: Enjoying their space

In July of 1969, kids found happiness in fresh air or creative endeavors indoors

Monday, July 30, 2012
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“The Hunger Games” were still decades away, but some kids were already into archery. David Kiehl of the Guilderland Youth Commission shows Kevin Kenyon how to hold a bow and arrow.
“The Hunger Games” were still decades away, but some kids were already into archery. David Kiehl of the Guilderland Youth Commission shows Kevin Kenyon how to hold a bow and arrow.

Just about everyone watched the skies during the summer of 1969.

During the late night hours of July 20, the crew of Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk the lunar surface.

People like Gail Sykes, David Kiehl, Linda Harvey and Cindy Mendelsohn might have been space happy. They were certainly summer happy.

Sykes and Kiehl were members of the Guilderland Youth Commission. Kids from all over the Albany County suburb learned how to swim and shoot arrows, make handicraft, play dodge ball and play other games. Sykes and Kiehl were instructors.

Harvey was also in the swim of things. She was teaching kids how to splash down at Camp Lovejoy in Knox, in the Helderberg Mountains. Mendelsohn and her sister Sharri were entertaining a guest — Debbie Valentin of New York City was one of 148 Fresh Air Program children who visited the Capital Region for two weeks in July.

Not all the summer fun was outside. Young people in the singing and writing camps received awards from the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America and the Schenectady Gazette.

 
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