Revisiting January 1966
Scouts, sales, singers and salutes all were in the news during January 1966. Boy Scouts in Troop 21 were goin’ west — a bunch of the guys were making plans to visit the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M., during the summer.
Paint brushes, hammers and floor tiles were goin’ on sale at Grossman’s on Erie Boulevard in Schenectady. The new store opened on Jan. 19 in quarters once occupied by the Delaware & Hudson Railroad. And Salutes came to — and from — high school students.
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Schenectady City Manager Peter F. Roan prepares to cut the “ceremonial plank” and open the Grossman’s lumber and building materials store on Erie Boulevard. From left are Ed Savage, store general manager; Joseph Fernald, Grossman’s construction superintendent; Arthur Hilliard of the Schenectady County Chamber of Commerce; Allen Zack, manager of the Schenectady store; and Mike Grossman, company owner.
The first Grossman’s work team posed for an informal, never-before-published photo in 1966.
Schenectady Mayor Malcolm Ellis, right, presents a monetary award to Tina Ladd during a meeting of the Schenectady Kiwanis Club in January 1966. Ladd won second place in an essay contest sponsored by the Mayor’s Committee for the Employment of the Handicapped. Also in the photo are Sylvia Petraske, who took first place; Fred Maune (far left) vice president of Schenectady Kiwanis; and Rev. Lee H. Howe of the committee.
Edward Krusze, exalted ruler of Rotterdam Elks Lodge 2157, presents savings bonds to Maryanne Cunningham and Robert Vitrikas in January 1966. The Draper High School students won the lodge’s leadership contest. Looking on are two contest judges, Thomas Miakisz and V. Dalton Bambury
Karen Montgomery, president of the Linton High School Distributive Education Clubs of America, awards Clarence B. Heisler a DECA pin in January 1966. Heisler was vice president of The Carl Co. Watching the ceremony are Beverly Bradley, personnel assistant at Carl’s; David Pause, teacher coordinator at Mont Pleasant High School; and Robert Ludwig, teacher coordinator at Linton High School.
The Octavo Singers rehearsed for their 32nd annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah” in January 1966. From left, organist Betty Valenta; Edwin W. Burne, Octavos vice president; Gordon Mason, founder and director of the oratorio society; and Lela Boville, the group’s corresponding secretary, prepare for the show.
Standing from left, James Miller, Steve Shrode and Russell Brooks, members of Boy Scout Troop 21, learn Western-style cooking as they prepare for a 1966 summer trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M. Clark Rutledge, assistant Scout master, supervises the tenderfoots.