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HOME TOWN NEWS ALPLAUS, NEW YORK 12008 April 2010 Vol. 134 No. 4 _________________________________________________________________________________ CAKE AND COFFEE SOCIAL COME TO THE FIREHOUSE ON FRIDAY EVENING, APRIL 23RD FROM 6:30-8 PM AND ENJOY SOME HOMEMADE CAKES AND COFFEE, TEA OR MILK. OPEN TO EVERYBODY! ONE PIECE OF CAKE OR 3 "SLIVERS" FOR $5 CHILDREN $2 What's inside Alplaus web address: http://www.alplaus.org On the Hill…….….………….…………….….....2 Alplaus Citizens of the Year…………………...2 Web input address: Alplaus12008@yahoo.com AFD News….……………………….…………...3 4th Of July Celebration Schedule…….……….3 HTN Editor/Publisher: Art Harris Alplaus Ladies Auxiliary………......……………4 PO Box 57 Home……………………………………………..4 Alplaus, NY 12008 Alplaus Bird Line………………………………..5 E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org How Aal-Platts became Alplaus…………..…...5 Notes from the Alplaus Church……….….…....6 Only in America……………….…………..…….6 The Boyce Store Story….................................7 2 On the Hill Spring has definetly arrived in Alplaus. We are ejoying the 70 degree days, shedding two layers clothing in the last week. April can turn cold and damp; even a late snow storm occasionally. But we are enjoying a wonderful spring break at the moment. There was a good crowd at the Annual Alplaus Residents Association last month. We congratulate Joe and Pat Beaver on their selection as Alplaus Citizens of the Year. Their long and strong support of so many community functions and the Ladies Auxiliary and Fire Department has long deserved this recognition.. With the advent of spring comes plans for spring and summer community events. A number of these are detailed in this issue of the Home Town News for you to mark on your calendars. A new event to add to the usual ones is a Cake and Coffee Social the Ladies Auxiliary has scheduled for Friday, April 23rd. Enjoy Spring in Alplaus!.…..AWH __________________________________________________________________________ ____ Alplaus Citizens of the Year, Joe & Pat Beaver, together with their proud family. Joe and Pat Beaver, Alplaus residents on Mohawk Avenue since 1966, were recognized as Alplaus Citizens of the Year at the Alplaus Residents Association Annual Meeting on March 18, 2010. They are two examples of the very best kind of people you could have as friends and neighbors. She is a charter member of the Ladies Auxiliary and he has been active with the Fire Company and Fire Department for decades, serving as Chief for eight years. They are always the first to volunteer their time, equipment and expertise to any fire Department or Alplaus community function. This award recognizes that their extensive contributions to the community make Joe and Pat an integral part of the fabric of Alpaus. 3 Alplaus Fire Department News By Mike Sheppeck, AFD Historian One of my favorite of the many & varied events where the AFD provides EMS support is the Indian Kill Fishing Derby. If you have children or grandchildren age 15 and under, it is a great excuse for families to get out and enjoy nature while creating treasured memories. The native trout are augmented with hatchery raised fish [including a few big ones] to help guarantee success even for novice anglers. Sorry grown- ups, no fishing allowed for you until afterwards. Preparations for our upcoming festivities surrounding the Fourth of July are under way. AFD will be lacking a couple of key people this year so we may have to scale back somewhat. Look for a parade entry form in an upcoming issue of the Home Town News. Schedule of events: Sunday, June 27th – Alplaus Firehouse Pavilion Ecumenical Community Church Service 10:30 AM Saturday, July 3rd – Alplaus Firehouse Pavilion Firefighter Skills Competition 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Block Party with DJ 8:00 PM – 12:00 PM Food, drink, conversation, music, and friends. Sunday, July 4th – Alplaus Avenue Line-Up forms at Glencliff School Road promptly at: 10:00 AM The Parade steps off promptly at: 11:00 AM 4 Alplaus Ladies Auxiliary by Jill Batson Happy Spring! We had a very busy meeting last This year the "Paddling for a Cure" event on week planning all of our spring and summer the river will be held on July 18th. This has activities! We hope you can come help support been one of our most successful events and it the auxiliary and even have some fun. is for a great cause; but we couldn't do it We are planning a Cake and Coffee Social on without help from our neighbors! Please April 23rd at the Firehouse from 6:30-8:00pm. consider volunteering this year, you won't All are welcome. Adults: $5 for one piece of regret it! Contact Kathy @ cake or 3 "slivers". Children $2. Come out on a email@example.com or Shawna @ nice spring evening and enjoy some homemade Swankalaka@aol.com for more information. cakes and company! Please help keep our hamlet clean, as you walk The Village Wide Flea Market and Garage through our village pick up any garbage or Sale is scheduled for June 5th. This is always a unsightly items. Earth day is April 22nd. Let's great way to unload all those items that you keep our corner of the earth beautiful! just don't use anymore and maybe even make a This is a very busy time for the Auxiliary - little money. Please join us for some lunch in please consider joining us on April 26th at 7pm the cook shack! For info on reserving space / for our next meeting and see what we are all table contact Pat Beaver @ 399-0468. about. _______________________________________________________________________________ HOME Home, to me, is a word full of meaning. When I think of home, I think of all the places I dearly love. Home is the tree in which I sit, at peace with myself, watching the world go by. Home is the glider soaring in the sky, where everyday problems drop away as I realize what a small part of the universe I really am. Home is the hilltop where I sit, the cool evening breeze on my face, watching darkness creep over the valley, and the stars coming out clear and twinkling. Home is the small village church. When I was a child, it meant gold bars for attendance; now it is a place of prayer and contemplation; a nearness to God which is a vital part of my life. Home is the outdoors, because I love the freedom of the mountains, the blue lakes and the open sky. Home is my house which provides for sleeping, eating, protection and rest; for privacy from the community and pursuance of my personal interests. I never realized how much this home meant to me until I came back from my first long vacation. I was happy doing anything because I was so glad to be home. All the familiar things taken for granted before seemed new and vital to my life. But most of all, home is my family. It is my mother and father, who have made their home a happy one, full of love, warmth, content and gaiety. It is my brothers and sisters, who add color and fun. My family, to me, means love, and companionship. A happy home can be one of the most important influences of a person's life, for it is there that most of the true personality develops, under the influence of harmony and respect for other people's rights. Home, to me, is the people and places I love; especially the wonderful group of people with whom I live, --my family. Suzanne Bundy (Daughter of Hazel and Frances Bundy--formerly of Alplaus Avenue) 5 Alplaus Bird Line by Shawna Thompson The Red-Winged Blackbirds did it again! posted to the Home Town News website, so As many of you know, I track when they you can check it out too. return to the Alplaus Creek and there is It isn’t clear yet if there is a break in almost always one more snowfall after their tradition or a coup happening at my house. arrival. March 13 was the return date this Eastern Phoebes have nested on a shelf under year, and we had a dusting of snow on the the eaves for at least 25 years. This week ground on the morning of March 26. If these there has been a lot of activity there with the birds are to be believed, you can put your Carolina Wrens, and it’s possible they are snow shovels away and get the lawn mower building on the site. No Phoebes have been tuned up. seen yet, but they can be pretty defensive if Great thanks to Harry and Lea Darling for they want to be. Are there squatters at the their wonderful pictures of a flock of Turkeys prime building site? Did the Phoebes find a on Maritime Drive. There were 3 or 4 Toms in new location? Will there be a War? More on full Spring regalia, with their tails spread this next month… wide, their chests all puffed up, and their Thanks also to Elizabeth and Jim Burke of heads brilliantly colored. They were strutting Bath Street. They sent some nice photos of a about in front of a group of females, showing Hawk in their yard. In one he has his mouth off for all they were worth! Unfortunately for wide open as if he were yawning, but in the them, the females were much more other you can see just how fierce and wild interested in pecking around on the ground, they are. Check the Home Town News and not a one was paying any attention! They Website for these pictures too. will probably change their minds soon, as If you have a picture or a good bird tale, Spring fever hits. I’ll try to get the pictures send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 399-0490 so everyone can enjoy it too. ________________________________________________________________________________ How Aal-Plaats Became Alplaus Written by Mrs. Novella Spoonogle (date unknown): How Aal Plaats changed its name to Alplaus: Told to me by Mrs. Harry Schermerhorn whose father Alexander McBride and Joseph Hanigan saw the need of a Post Office. They wrote to Washington. The reply was the name would keep them from making the request on account of the spelling making a mix-up in mail and if they could simplify the spelling. They, Mr. McBride & Mr. Hanigan decided to pronounce it the same and spell it Alplaus. Washington granted the request. The mail came out on the D & H train. The Post Office was in Hanigans hay & coal office (Atlantic Crane, 209 Alplaus Ave). John Oliver was the post master and tended the mail, he worked for Mr. Hanigan. He, Mr. Hanigan, was a hay buyer, coal & fertilizers. Some of the families who rec'd mail was McBrides, McDougall, Marsh, Cooper, Berning, Hanigans, Stevens, Olivers, Bath, LaGrange, Merrick, Diggins, Bouk, Klines, Browns, Palms, Clute, Birch, Martins, Kohring, Bradt, Flansburgh. Original copy resides in the Efner library SHS Clifford W. Hayes Page 1 3/25/2005 6 Notes from the Alplaus Church Eastertide! Not a term we are used to hearing. It‟s the period from Easter morning to Pentecost, the time when the risen Christ again walked the earth, proving he was really alive and giving his followers final instructions. It‟s a season we tend to lose sight of in our excitement over the arrival of spring at last. We get busy raking the lawn, preparing the garden plot, buying our flowers to plant, servicing the lawn mower, watching spring training… I urge you (using a phrase usually heard around Christmas) to “not forget the reason for the season.” I‟ve spent a lot of time the past month taking care of my mother who had a series of heart attacks. I thought I sympathized with other caregivers in the past, but I have a whole new appreciation now for how this can consume your time and your thoughts. Fortunately, I‟ve received a lot of help from family and from the members of my congregation. If you know someone who is a primary caregiver, ask them what you can do to help or to give them a break. Oftentimes they just need someone to be there. At the church we‟ve now been through the excitement of the Easter Egg Hunt, the celebrations of Palm Sunday and Easter, the solemnity of Good Friday. We now slow down and take a little breather, so there‟s not a lot on our calendar - other than a whole series of meetings of the Methodist Church. But we are still holding our monthly Community Luncheon on April 13th at 11:30 AM. Attendance at these has been growing and we have a great time. Bring a dish to share or not - just come and join the fun. And of course the knitting group continues to meet on Thursday afternoons 1:00-3:00 PM as a ministry providing knit goods for a number of causes. In fact, they just made a prayer shawl for my mother. They would be delighted to welcome knitters from beginners to experts. Wishing you a blessed springtime! ________________________________________________________________________________ Only in America......do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front. Only in America......do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage. Only in America......do we use the word 'politics' to describe the process so well: 'Poli' in Latin meaning 'many' and 'tics' meaning 'bloodsucking creatures'. 7 The Boyce Store; Now Home of the Alplaus Post Office by Cliff Hayes A talk was given recently by Merrill Negus, the grandson of Jacob Boyce, the original owner of the first grocery store operated in Alplaus. (Currently, the Alplaus Post Office). Jacob and Nettie Boyce and their 3 young daughters (Pearl, Gertrude and Ida) were well established in Alplaus by 1910. Jacob, born in Ballston Lake, managed a grocery store in Rexford for a period of time before settling in Alplaus. Much information on the store itself has been lost to history due to Jacob‟s premature passing in 1922. However, from newspaper accounts, census, tax documents, etc., the store was active as a dry goods grocery. It appears no meat or dairy products were sold, however, it was probably a good bet cookies and candy were available in their individual storage bins. From the newspaper, the store issued Carl‟s gold bond stamps with purchases, redeemable at the Carl‟s department store in Schenectady. Those stamps were quite popular with shoppers in the „big‟ city. Another account was the Boyce store sold Angelus flour in bulk sacks which was advertised as the „Gold Medal‟ of present day baking. Early delivery of groceries was made by horse and wagon, later by a Model T Ford truck. All three daughters attended the grade school which Jacob paid $8.40 according to the 1914 Glenville tax assessment rolls, Alplaus being school district #15 at the time. Speculating the girls not being interested in continuing the store as a grocery, the business probably phased out by 1930. Pearl and Ida had opened a beauty shop above the store in 1928 continuing for a short period. Later Ida married, but lost her husband suddenly two months prior to Merrill‟s birth. Ida applied for and was granted the open position of US postmaster commissioned by Franklin D. Roosevelt in the mid 1940‟s. By 1945, Ida, being a single mom and having to care for an elderly mother, moved the post office to its present location at a reasonable rent to the US Postal Service. With the post office replacing the inactive grocery store, changes were made to the utilities of the 1908 ca. building. The old coal furnace was replaced with a gas space heater and associated duct-work. Indoor plumbing was installed, a bathroom replaced the old beauty parlor room, and the out-house near the barn at the rear of the building was deactivated. The hand-dug water well became less dependable and even the cistern in the cellar was used to catch rain water for washing. For a short period during this time, a gift shop business operated by Mrs. Maynard had space in the building. In the early 1950‟s, Ida married Joe Dillman. Joe, who was a conductor on the electric trolley that passed through Alplaus, worked for the railroad and later was an expert machinist at American Locomotive (ALCO). Not necessarily involved in the bicycle craze during those times, Joe, a natural tinkerer opened his bicycle shop in 1953 within the post office building including a workshop in the back room. At the time, it was more of a second job and hobby to Joe, but a flourishing business developed. When ALCO left Schenectady, Joe retired and maintained the bicycle shop as a full time operation. My friend, Bob Stote, bought probably the first Raleigh bicycle Joe sold with money saved from his newspaper route. Ida was postmaster just shy of 30 years retiring in 1972. It's noteworthy during her tenure that residents east of the creek received mail at the post office as there was no rural delivery in this area. Residents on the west side received mail via the Scotia dispatch rural delivery, but could rent a box at the post office if need be. Merrill, as a young child, greeted most box holders as his playpen was set up on the east end of the front porch; weather permitting of course. The configuration layout of the post office is basically the same as present day. When Ida moved the post office from the Samuel‟s location in the mid 1940‟s, the postal service supplied new boxes. Later combination boxes from the Ballston Lake post office were obtained. Since that time the post office went contract after a „save the post office‟ campaign in 1973 and the bicycle shop stock sold. The building also has been occupied by an insurance office and gift shop. The AFD has used the upstairs area for fire training and a meeting room downstairs. Thanks to Merrill for volunteering his time providing information on the Boyce store, certainly an Alplaus landmark.
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