Lozere Thompson, right, talent and music specialist for Schenectady’s recreation department, directs kids as they belt out a tune during the summer of ’68. From left are Debra Monticollo; Larry Monticollo; and Ronald, Harold and Leonard Bergeron.
Carol Barlette was thinking about horses on the run. She settled for a cat on the lam. Barlette changed her plans on Monday, July 8, 1968, and a small kitten was the winner. The young Scotia woman and her friend David Mongillo were traveling to Saratoga Raceway at 7 p.m. when they saw the cat enter a storm sewer opening under the railroad bridge over State Street. After enlisting the help of some city officials, the feline was saved and Carol had a new pet. There were other feel-good stories around during the summer of ‘68, including a visit from Blinko the clown, elementary field days in Niskayuna and a "Nutcracker" performance in the heat of the summer.