Things looking up in '88 and '89
Spring during the late 1980s was a great time if you knew numbers, academia, songs and Lena Spencer.
Teenagers and younger scholars won honors for their work with math, school subjects and story composition. Spencer, longtime proprietor of the famous Caffe Lena on Phila Street in Saratoga Springs, was honored with her own street sign.
Warmer weather of 1988 and 1989 meant people were doing more things outside. In Niskayuna, sports-minded Lions persuaded friends to pick up golf clubs, tennis rackets and baseballs. In Schenectady, teachers persuaded kids to give things away — a celebration marking Paige Elementary School’s 35th anniversary meant a balloon launch. Posted on April 22, 2013.
Linton High School student Amy Zywot hugs Diane Warner after stepping off a bus on May 1, 1989. Linton’s “Serenaders” had just won a gold medal in competition at the Liberty Bell Festival in Philadelphia. Warner was choral director.
Niskayuna Lions were ready for spring sports in April 1988. From left, Pete Button, Carl Blatnick, Harold Harlow and Roger Kerr sold used golf, baseball, tennis and other necessities during a sale at Niskayuna High School.
High school students show off awards for academic excellence during Schenectady County Com-munity College’s High School bus-iness Day in April 1988. From left are Scott Wachtel of Ballston Spa High School, Mary Rose McNearney of Niskayuna High, and Matthew Dunfee and Heather Creasy of Linton High. SCCC President Peter Burnham stands at top right.
Lena Spencer, longtime proprietor of Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, stands under her own street sign. The city honored Lena with the “Lena Lane” designation on April 29, 1988.
Young word lovers smile after receiving awards for top compositions in the National Library Week Family Story Contest during the spring of 1989. From left are Josh Taylor, David Moran, Michael Hughes, judge Susan Fantl, Laura Schultz, Julie Mason (behind Schultz), Emily Pilachowski, Amy Perreult and Rebecca Feyrer.
Paige Elementary School first-graders Marlene Jackson, Amanda Mercier and Anthony Dzikowski enjoy flying colors at the school’s 35th annniversary party on April 28, 1989.