< i ! C T « S R L t B B M t ' ! f I . Y . 1 2 8 3 4 F Established in 1842 - Washington County's hometown newspaper The Greenwich Journal The Salem Press V O L . 157 - NO. 28 G R E E N W I C H , N E W Y O R K - T H U R S D A Y , A P R I L 15,1999 IS S U E N O . 8157 60 C E N T S C a p ita l F o r d - N e w H o lla n d h o s te d to u r f o r FFA stu d e n ts Pictured ^bove are the Greenwich FFA club members who went on a tour sponsored by Capital Ford New Holland. Pictured are the members of Schuylerville F F A club who toured the Amish country. Members from Hartford and and six FFA students from Salem also took the trip FFA students from Greenwich, Hartford, Salem and Schuylerville traveled to the Amish country in Pennsylvania on March 18 and 19. The trip was sponsored by Capital Ford New Holland located in Greenwich. Upon arrival, the students took a tour of the New Holland Manufacturing plant where they saw the manufacturing line for new Holland round and square balers, seeing how the technology is involved in the assembly line. While at the New Holland plant, they visited the Research and Design Center where they saw how new farm machinery is designed and tested. The group toured the back roads ofthe Amish country to see how the Amish people live. The tour guide was able to answer the many questions the students had about the Amish way of life. A stop was made at an Amisli farm during chore time and the students were surprised that the farm had a modern dairy. Their electricity is generated from a diesel engine. There was time for the students to browse through their farm store where baked and homemade goods are sold. The Pioneer Seed Research farm was also a stop on the tour. There the FFA students learned how corn seed is selected and what trials it goes through before reaching the market. The last stop was at the Green Dragon flea market w here there was time to browse and shop. ' The New Holland experience showed the students how the technology and science they study in class is actually applied in industry. Capital Ford New Holland hosts the trip every two years so that every junior and senior FFA member in the area can attend. This year seventy-one students and chaperons from the four schools took the trip. V I C A stu d e n t s w in R e g io n a l I I I tro p h y Several area students attending BOCES Southern Adirondack Educa tion Center in Hudson Falls scored enough wins in the 1999 Area 111 Re gional competition of the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, v\ ch was held at Schenectady Community College on March 24 to bring home the Regional trophy. There were forty students scoring as follows: six wins, four second places, 12 third places, six fourth places and eight fifth places. They competed with students from nine other Tec centers in 15 counties. There were written and oral tests and technical performance. On April 19-21, a contingent of SAEC students will compete in Syra cuse in the New York State VICA com petition. The VlCA Nationals will be held in June in Kansas City. Argyle - Jessica Carpenter, second place, Action Skills. Cambridge - Randy Bates, first place and Anthony DeMarco, fifth, in Diesel Mechanics. Greenwich - Wiih'am LaFreniere, third place in Electronics Tech. - Salem - Jessica Rogers, fourth place in Floral Arrangement. The students who are VICA Regional delegates are: Miranda Johnson arid Jessica Montello, both of Argyle, Statesmanship - award, and Melinda Richards, Area HI Vice President, of Argyle. Corrie Sweet of Glens Falls and Rob ert Ellis of Granville, Statesmanship award. Others who placed in the top five places were from Fort Ann, Fort Ed- ward, Glens Falls, Granville, Hartford, Hudson Falls, Johnsburg, Lake George, Minerva, North Warren, Queensbury, South Glens Fails and Warrensburg. Their fields of expertise included Office Computer Tech, Cosmetology Model, Promotional Bulletin Board, Auto Service Tech, Job Skills Demo, Carpenter's Helper, Carpentry, Food Prep Assistant, Welding, Prepared Speech, Cosmetology Junior, Culinary Arts, Prepared Speech, 'Nurse Assist ing, Commercial Baking, Job Inter view, Practical nursing, Security/Law Enforcement, Diiiing Room Service and Extemporaneous Speaking. Federal Chapter Royal Arch Masons On Thursday, April 22 at 8 p.m. Federal Chapter No. 10 of Cambridge will host the visit of Thomas Nesbitt, Assistant Grand Lecturer of the 14th District. There will be a pot luck dinner at 6:45 p.m. with the Convocation to follow at 8 p.m. All area Royal Arch Masons are urged to attend this Convo cation to hear the message of the AGL. Magazine article features two area old book stores An article in the current issue of Adi rondack Life magazine (the June 1999 edition now on magazine racks) includes a feature article by Sandra McClellan of Salem concerning four northern upstate New York book stores offering vintage volumes. Featured prominently in the article are the Owl Pen of Greenwich and the Salem Old Book and Paper Emporium of Salem. Sandra, a free lance writer, has con tributed a number of articles to the peri odical over the years, including a feature which focused solely on the Owl Pen. Her first contribution to Adirondack Life was a story about Granville’s Pember Museum - in the December 1979 issue of the regional publication. At that time Sandra was also editor of The Journal- Press “Shelf Life.\ the new article makes considerable reference to Barbara Probst (who passed awa\ at age 82 last \ear)and her establishment ofthe Owl Pen book store in I960. McClellan quotes Miss Probst a number of times in her introduc tory paragraphs in the article. Following are in depth descriptions of the four stores that she and her husband, Jon, visited while she was preparing the article. She recounts each establishment’s history and discusses the stocks, special ties, and views of the proprietors. The other two stores covered are Lake Placid’s With Pipe and Book and the Birchbark Bookshop of Parishville Cen ter, St. Lawrence County. Photographs included with the article include one of Tom Liotta at the Salem store and one of the interior of one of the book barns at Owl Pen on Riddle Road, Greenwich. The magazine is available at most book stores in our area. Retired teachers to be honored The Fort Edward Historical Asso ciation is currently seeking nominations ' of candidates to receive their Riverside School Retired Educators Award. The association, after moving the Riverside School to their site on Broad way, Fort Edward, in 1996 established the award program to honor retired educators \who inspired us, made a dif ference in our lives, and continue to en hance our communities.\ The awards event will be held on Friday, June 4, at the Old Fort House Museum, 29 Broadway. The awards are believed to be the only regional ones presented to retired teachers of our area. More information about the pro gram and nomination forms may be ob tained by contacting the Fort Edward Historical Association, P.O. Box 106, Fort Edward 12828. The deadline for nominations Ls April 30. Turn-off TV Week April 22-28 National TV-Turnoff Week is scheduled for April 22 through 28. The event is being sponsored by Henry La- balme, executive director of TV-Free America. Labalme says that in working with thousands of teachers, they feel strongly that TV stifles creativity, shortens attention spans and increases aggressive behavior and hyperactivity. It is estimated that six million peopie across the country plan to go without T V for at least one week. This will be the fifth annual TV-T\imoff Week. Former participants have found it to be richer, healthier and more connected lives, families and communities. Annual plant sale The Washington County Soil & Water Conservation District will be holding its annual tree, shrub and groundcover sale, along with the distri bution of plant materials that were re cently ordered and pre-paid. All plants are bare-root stock ramg- ing from 1 - 5 years old and 6\-30\ in height, depending on species. Some of the varieties available include Pine, Spruce, Fir, Hemlock, Larch, Siich, Dogwood and Periwinkle groundcover. The sale will be held at the rear loading dock of the USDA Service Center, Route 40, Greenwich, just north of the Agway Energy complex. Pro ceeds of this sale help support various natural resource conservation programs around the county that are administered by the Soil & Water Conservation District. The event will be held on April 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and April 24 from 9 a.m. to noon. Tragic fire claims five lives Two adults, three children die in Cossayuna trailer blaze Only a mass of charred debris remained after Monday's fatal fire on Kilburn Road in the northeast section of Greenwich. The entire site was cordoned off by police until the official investigation into the fire -was completed. The worst fire in terms of its toll on human life in recent memory in this area raced through a trailer in the northeast section of the town of Greenwich early Monday morning, April 12, and swept away the lives of the mobile home’s five occupants, two adults and three children. Killed were John C. Waite, Jr., age 41; Cheryl Jasper, age 38; Amber Jasper, age 11; Autumn Waite, age 5; and Tyler Waite, age 3. Two of Waite’s older children were safe else where at the time of the fire. Aut|| 3 sies conducted on the bodies of the victims Mon day at Glens Falls Hospital indicated that all had perished from smoke inhalation. Dental records aided in the identifi cation process. The blaze broke out at around 3:30 a.m. at the trailer on the corner of Kilburn Road and John Sears Road (formerly Skellie Road), about a mile east of the hamlet of Cossayuna. Reports indicate that it may have begun in the area of the trailer’s kitchen and living area, but no cause was immedi ately determined by fire investigators. The bodies of the victims were found in the charred re mains of the trailer after it was entirely destroyed by the fire. T3»8$e of Waite and the three children were located near a rear exit door, which, reportedly had been blocked by the bulk of a washing machine. Cheryl Jasper’s body was found in the trailer’s bathroom, from which she had apparently attempted to effect an escape route. Apparently all of the victims were overcome by smoke inhalation before they could secure a means of escape from , the blaze which quickly consumed the entire trailer. Neighbors discovered the fire soon after it started, but no one was able to attempt a rescue before firemen arrived be cause Of the intensity of the blaze. The victims apparently succumbed Within minutes of their own discovery of the fire. The Fire site on the hillside east of Bunker Hill Road be came overwhelmed with media coverage from mid-morning to early evening. City newspaper reporters, radio newscast ers, and television cameramen and reporters all converged upon the scene to interview neighbors and relatives of the victims outside the cordoned off area where the trailer had stood. Washington County Sheriff’s Department officers secured the scene. Nothing but the charred remains of the trailer and its contents was left at the site. The victims were discovered by firemen after they put down the fire in the early morning hours. They were able to determine that Waite and Jasper and the three children had attempted to flee the blaze. The fire’s cause continues under investigation by Wash ington County FiTe Investigators and investigators from the state fire bureau. Fire departments at the scene included those of Cossayuna, Salem, Greenwich, and Hebrcrt. Rescue units from Salem and Argyle also responded. The bodies of the victims were released Monday to the family for burial arrangements. Obituaries for the five ap pear on page two of this newspaper. Other fatal fires in Greenwich Other fatal Fires have devastated Greenwich before, but in recent memory, none exacted the toll that Monday morning’s blaze did, On February 13, 1971, fire swept the White Swan Hotel in the village of Greenwich and claimed the lives of three men who had been living in the building: Gail Gilchrist, 83; Edward A. Tefft, Sr., 75; and Raymond Worden, 71. Six years later, on February 11,1977, a fire that destroyed the old Shapiro block at the corner of Main and John Street in Greenwich took the lives of two: Carl M. Johnson, 39, and Ronald L. Johnson, 16. Summer Ann Grimes, 2. and John D. Fiolich.4, died in a fire at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Grimes III in the town of Jackson at Center Falls two years later, on the night of February 8 , 1979. Since those tragic fires area fire departments have stepped up their fire education programs at all area schools and the record of tragedy had been mostly contained until this week's fatal conflagration. All homeowners, especially parents with children living at home, are urged by firemen to review their fire safety plans and practice escape procedures so that similar tragedies may be avoided. Sheep and Fiber farm tour 7th annual event Cornell Cooperative Extension will join the 7th Annual Sheep and Fiber Farm Tour this year on April 24 and 25. The tour takes place at a number of farms across Washington County be tween 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day. There will be demonstrations, products and information at each stop. The twist that Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) plans to bring to the event is instruction about topics related to sheep and Tiber animals, as well as gardening, composting, water quality and personal finances. Handouts about many resources available at CCE will provide information to attendees of many interests. The agricultural heritage of Washington County is extremely im portant and contributes to our ability to farm here. Everyone should take this opportunity to explore the farms and back roads of the county. For more in formation about the farm tour and directions to the farms, contact the Ex tension office. WEATHER When the weather encourages an early season, nature seems to take over cool ing the temperatures to allow plants and trees to maintain their normal develop ment. April Winds and less snow are making for very dry ground conditions. Temperatures and conditions for the past week follow: Date Conditions High Low April 7 Sunny 65 44 8 Sun & wind 64 35 9 Mostly overcast 64 34 10 Sunny 44 30 11 Sun/overcast 48 22 12 Sunny 52 26 13 Sunny 52 26 H o s t f a m ilies n e e d e d ASSE International Student Ex change is now accepting applications fiom host families for the 1999 aca demic year. By hosting a foreign ex change student from Europe, Asia, North and South America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, you provide a rewarding opportunity to a special teenager. These personable and academically select exchange students are bright, curious and anxious to learn about this country through living as part of a family, attending high school and sharing their own culture and lan guage with their newly adopted host family. Ail students are well screened, insured, speak English and come with their own spending money. The stu dents arrive from their home country shortly before school begins and return at the end of the school year. Host families provide room and board and guidance for their student while experiencing the joy of watching a child grow academically and cultur ally. Each exchange student expects to bear his or her share of the household responsibilities as well as be included in normal family activities. When shar ing your home with a student from an other culture, your lives are enriched forever by your new lifelong friendship. Couples, single parents and families without children are encouraged to ap ply. For additional information about hosting an A S S E exchange student con tact Monica Buriello-Walsh, 81 W. Main Street in Cambridge. Student Art Show and competition The Fort Edward Historical Asso ciation Art Center Student Scholarship Competition show will be held May Where is it? 16-21. High school seniors in Warren, Washington and Saratoga Counties, Bulletin Board ...................................... who will be furthering their art educa- Card of Thanks ..................................... 9 t}(m ^ tQ ^ assi e s •••••••••• .................................. Entry forms are available now from Crossword Puzzle ................................. 4 h_gh ^ teachers and gujdance t ;63 r6S ............................. R o counselors and are due no later than Legal Notices .................... * .............. 8 ,9 m „ Letter .................................................... 4 May 7, NEWCO 4 Two scholarship awards, three gDOrts ................................................. 5 honorable mention awards and the Vicinities- ............................... ....................... Karen Creaser, Frances DeGroot and Argyle 7 *?an Trceber memorial awards will be Bitekitk 7 offend. Cambridge ....................................... 7 An opening reception and presenta- gaston . .................... jo t *011 awards and certificates will be Port M iller ..................................... 10 held oti Sunday, May 16 at 1:30 p.m. at Greenwich .............................. 2 ,3 ,8 the F°rt Edward Art Center, 83 Hebron ......... .' .................................. 8 Broadway. Salem . .................. . ........................... 6 The Art Center will be open the Schuylerville ................................. 10 week of May 16-21 everyday from 1 - Shushan ...................................... 5, 6 4 p.m. and on Wednesday evening from' Victory ......................................... 10 7-9 p.m. also, for public viewing of the West Hebron .................................... 8 art work.