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Christmas in Amsterdam historically a time of sharing, caring, community

Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013
Stories abound from throughout the years of the people of Amsterdam coming together to celebrate and help others at Christmas.

Amsterdam site of visit from RFK

Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013
U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was expected in Amsterdam on or about June 6, 1968, the day he died.

Cornplanter’s father lived in the region

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013
John Abeel, father of the famous Seneca chief Cornplanter, had ties to our area.

Larrabee’s a well-loved local business

Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013
Larrabee’s hardware store, located on Market Street in downtown Amsterdam for more than 80 years, was a beloved institution.

Jack Ruby’s roommate was Gloversville native

Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013
Gloversville native George Senator was Jack Ruby’s roommate in Dallas on Nov. 24, 1963, the day that Ruby shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald.

Antlers golf course had its time in spotlight

Friday, Nov. 15, 2013
The Phil Kilfoil Company’s Woodland Players from New York City performed Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” on the grounds of the Antlers Club in Fort Johnson in 1904.

Opera House was prime spot to debut shows

Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013
According to historian Hugh Donlon, Opera House patrons sometimes loaded up on discarded vegetables before curtain time and showed disapproval by hurling rotten tomatoes at performers on the stage.

1960s singer and songwriter Buckley grew from local roots

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013
The 1960s singer-songwriter Tim Buckley spent his early years in Amsterdam and Fort Johnson.

Thar’s gold in them thar Adirondacks?

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013
In 1896, gold fever was so intense in northern New York that the New York Times reported, “There is not a guide in the whole Adirondack region who has not dreamed at some time of stumbling upon this fabled Golconda, and of coming forth in the end to astonish the world with his riches.”

Aviator got his start on local golf course

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013
Pioneer aviator Edward Bayard Heath tried to fly his first airplane at the Antlers golf course in Fort Johnson in 1910. Today, the golf course is called Rolling Hills.

Amsterdam’s hills lured bobsledders

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013
Being a city of hills, Amsterdam was ideal for the winter sport of bobsledding.

Black River Canal -- 'The Little Ditch'

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013
The Black River Canal helped inspire Walter Edmonds to write his first historical novel, “Rome Haul.”

Young lovers murdered at Phillips Park

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013
Two young lovers were murdered Oct. 1, 1950, at Phillips Park in the town of Florida; a Schenectady man went to prison eight months later for killing them.

Charleston’s Machin was a war hero

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013
When Gen. George Washington needed to get fortifications completed along the Hudson River highlands in 1777, he sought help from an English immigrant who would go on to become a leading citizen in the Mohawk Valley.

Johnstown museum remembers days gone by

Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013
Bob Landrio and his wife, Deb, have created the Town Line Museum on Route 29 in Johnstown, which remembers the 1950s and ’60s with memorabilia ranging from jukeboxes and arcade games to Pez dispensers.

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