Village of Scotia https://www.villageofscotia.org The Official website of the Village of Scotia, NY. Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:00:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Archaeology for Kids and Adults https://www.villageofscotia.org/news/archaeology-for-kids-and-adults/ Tue, 03 Jul 2018 15:43:02 +0000 https://www.villageofscotia.org/?p=3925 SUNY-SCCC Community Archaeology Program Two programs will be offered this summer at our historic Flint property, through SUNY-SCCC, exploring the aspects of archaeology. Hands-on Archaeology for Kids CRN#60261, CFP 314–01    July 9-13, 2018  Fee:$250 Young archaeologists ages 9-13 will have the opportunity to participate in an actual excavation at the Flint House.  They will... Read more »

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SUNY-SCCC Community Archaeology Program

Two programs will be offered this summer at our historic Flint property, through SUNY-SCCC, exploring the aspects of archaeology.

Hands-on Archaeology for Kids
CRN#60261, CFP 314–01    July 9-13, 2018  Fee:$250

Young archaeologists ages 9-13 will have the opportunity to participate in an actual excavation at the Flint House.  They will learn the methods and skills used by archaeologists, with an emphasis on observation and deductive reasoning.

Hands-On Archaeology for Adults
CRN#60263, CFP 111-01    July 19-20, 26-27, 2018 Fee:$125

Explore all aspects of archaeology, including planning, analysis, and reporting of results through class presentations and hands-on activities.

Find registration information on the Schenectady County Community College website www.SUNYSCCC@edu under Work Force Development and Community Education Summer Courses or call Maria Kotary 518-595-1101 ext 4.

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Open House on Saturday, June 23 https://www.villageofscotia.org/historian/open-house-on-saturday-june-23/ Wed, 20 Jun 2018 20:06:46 +0000 https://www.villageofscotia.org/?p=3918 Stop by this Saturday, June 23, for Open House at the Flint House. From 1-4 p.m. we will be open for tours and the SCCC Archaeology class will be showing what they have discovered during their exploration of the Flint House grounds this spring. There will be a craft project for kids, and in honor... Read more »

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Stop by this Saturday, June 23, for Open House at the Flint House. From 1-4 p.m. we will be open for tours and the SCCC Archaeology class will be showing what they have discovered during their exploration of the Flint House grounds this spring. There will be a craft project for kids, and in honor of  High School graduation we’ll also bring out some of our Scotia school memorabilia.

The Flint House is at 421 S. Reynolds St., and is one of the oldest buildings in the Village.

Hope to see you there!

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The Camp https://www.villageofscotia.org/historian/the-camp/ Mon, 04 Jun 2018 14:08:46 +0000 https://www.villageofscotia.org/?p=3908 Schenectady was, from the beginning, a busy place, standing at the intersection of the north-south and east-west water routes through New York. Before 1800, the fastest and easiest way to move people and goods was by water, and travelers to and from the west came through here. The Camp was a large area along the... Read more »

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Schenectady was, from the beginning, a busy place, standing at the intersection of the north-south and east-west water routes through New York. Before 1800, the fastest and easiest way to move people and goods was by water, and travelers to and from the west came through here. The Camp was a large area along the Mohawk River (today the area to the west of the Glen-Sanders Mansion, from Mohawk Ave. south to the river’s edge, and west to approximately S. Reynolds St.). The Camp was used as a mustering ground for almost 150 years. Native war parties camped here, colonial forces during the French and Indian Wars, and the Continental Army in the Revolution. The Mohawk Valley Militia, active during the War of 1812, also camped here.

The largest force was that of Sir Jeffery Amherst in 1760—6000 Americans and 4000 British with 200 boats—on their way to capture Montreal. That’s many more people than live in Scotia today.

The Markers Speak, John J. Birch

The sign is at the corner of S. Ballston Ave. and Sanders Ave.

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Welcome summer https://www.villageofscotia.org/historian/welcome-summer/ Tue, 29 May 2018 13:53:20 +0000 https://www.villageofscotia.org/?p=3894 Celebrate summer at the Flint House Open House on June 23, 1-4. More info soon! We will be growing broomcorn, flax, and hops this year.

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Celebrate summer at the Flint House Open House on June 23, 1-4. More info soon!

We will be growing broomcorn, flax, and hops this year.

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SCTA Summer Tennis Program at Collins Park https://www.villageofscotia.org/news/scta-summer-tennis-program-at-collins-park/ Fri, 18 May 2018 14:56:18 +0000 https://www.villageofscotia.org/?p=3887 Schenectady County Tennis Association In Cooperation with “15-Love” 2018 Summer Program at Collins Park for Children Dates: Weekly sessions from July 9 to August 2 Days and Time: Monday through Thursday, 9:00 to noon (Friday rain date)             The Schenectady County Tennis Association in cooperation with “15-Love” will present a tennis instructional camp for youngsters... Read more »

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Schenectady County Tennis Association

In Cooperation with “15-Love”

2018 Summer Program at Collins Park for Children

Dates: Weekly sessions from July 9 to August 2

Days and Time: Monday through Thursday, 9:00 to noon (Friday rain date)

            The Schenectady County Tennis Association in cooperation with “15-Love” will present a tennis instructional camp for youngsters ages 7-16.  The camp will run for four days a week and will offer three hours of daily instruction.  Children may sign up for the week that is appropriate for their age level.

Session 1                                             July 9 – 12                                           ages 7-16

Session 2                                             July 16 – 19                                          ages 7-16

Session 3                                             July 23 – 26                                          ages 7-16

Session 4                                             July 30 – Aug 2                                     ages 7-16

2018 Summer Tennis Registration Form

The SCTA will offer comprehensive instruction through daily lessons, drills and games.  Each session will culminate in a weekly tournament.  The lessons will be sequential – starting with footwork and eye-hand coordination drills, then moving on to the basic forehand, backhand, volley, and service strokes.  Lots of drills and games are employed to teach these fundamentals.  For the more advanced player – lobs, overheads, approach shots and spins are taught.  Players are also introduced to proper tennis etiquette and sportsmanship, how to keep score, how a tournament is run and the proper stretching and exercise techniques.

Applicants are encouraged to bring racquets, but if they don’t have any, one will be provided.  Balls will be provided.  They should also bring a water bottle and a fruit snack.  There will be 15-minute hourly sit-down breaks.

Jim Neal will be the instructor this year.  He will have at least two assistants.  Jim is an experienced instructor from Sportime and is currently the Niskayuna High School boy’s and girls’ Varsity Tennis Coach.  Jim is a USTA clinician.  He is a board member of both SCTA and USTA Northern Region; Eastern Tennis Association.

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SCCC at the Flint House https://www.villageofscotia.org/historian/sccc-at-the-flint-house/ Tue, 15 May 2018 20:40:38 +0000 https://www.villageofscotia.org/?p=3877 The Flint House is welcoming the Archaeological Field Work class from SCCC on Tuesday evenings until the middle of June. They will be exploring mostly in the back of the house and we hope they find some interesting artifacts.

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The Flint House is welcoming the Archaeological Field Work class from SCCC on Tuesday evenings until the middle of June. They will be exploring mostly in the back of the house and we hope they find some interesting artifacts.

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100 Years Ago at the Village Board, March-April, 1918 https://www.villageofscotia.org/historian/100-years-ago-at-the-village-board-march-april-1918/ Fri, 04 May 2018 15:41:07 +0000 https://www.villageofscotia.org/?p=3858 Minutes of the Village Board, March-April 1918 March 4 Office of the Village Treasurer will be at the Village Hall; all materials will be kept there; all monies collected there; Village Clerk will collect in Treasurer’s absence. Salary for the Treasurer, $150 per year; salary for Clerk, $1400 per year. Village election will be on... Read more »

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Minutes of the Village Board, March-April 1918

March 4
Office of the Village Treasurer will be at the Village Hall; all materials will be kept there; all monies collected there; Village Clerk will collect in Treasurer’s absence.
Salary for the Treasurer, $150 per year; salary for Clerk, $1400 per year.
Village election will be on March 19 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Petition to be put up for vote: to install a Fire Alarm System for the Village, not to exceed $2500.
Annual reports from Street, Water, Sewer, Light, and Fire Commissioners; Finance Committee; and Village Treasurer read and put on file. Copies to be printed and sent with water bills.
Salary of the Street Commissioner will be $450.
Budget estimates adopted:
General Fund, $9342.99 (includes special contingent war fund of $1128)
Water Fund, $19,918
Sewer Fund, $13,416
Street Fund, $9133
Drainage Sewer, $1607
Fire Fund, $2604
Light Fund, $2670 (street lights)
Health Fund, $1188 (Plumbing inspection, milk inspection)
Total needed: $45, 317 [above numbers will not add up, some summarization was done (past due amounts, surpluses, etc.)—ed.]

March 18
Bill from W.W. Chadsey for extra engineering services on the Outlet Sewer & Screening Chamber ($180) was referred to Village Attorney about legality of claim.
Bills and payroll approved.

March 25, Annual Meeting
Elected:
President, Augustus H. Lasher
Trustees, Stanley E. Ford, Horton S. Potter, Jacob Schuler, Fred L Sturdy
F.F. Lamboy appointed Superintendent of Water & Sewers and Plumbing Inspector.
Charles W. Matthews appointed Assistant, Water & Sewers, to be paid $1150 and he will pay rent at the pumping station house of $12.50 per month.
The Street Commissioner will employ George Kiefer as driver of the village team at $75 per year. He can also hire labor, at not more than 30 cents/hour for ordinary work, and not more than $3 per day for special work.
Schenectady Trust Co. will be the official Village bank.
The President can provide for police protection at not more than $25 per month.
The President is given full power to direct the Village Engineer to furnish grade stakes when he deems it necessary and proper.
The Superintendent of Water & Sewers may hire a utility man for $75 per month, with additional ordinary labor at $2.50 per day, or special work at $3 per day.
Fred R. Lindsey will be the Village Engineer at $7.50 per day for engineer and 1 assistant, and $10 per day for engineer and 2 assistants.
The Schenectady Gazette is the official Village newspaper.
The Village safe deposit box is at the Schenectady Trust Co.
Burglar insurance will be purchased for the Village Hall.
Maurice B. Flinn will be the Village Attorney at $800 per year.
The Finance Committee report was read and approved.
The resignation of the Village Assessor, Frank E. Haselo, was accepted. Samuel M. Hillis was appointed.
The President is authorized to purchase a new steel tank for the street sprinkler and a new dump wagon for the Street Department, not to exceed $350.
The attorney determined that the bill from W.W. Chadsey for engineering services was not legal and it was disallowed.
The Water Committee will be instructed to provide a second vacuum pump rotor and switchboard for pump #3, other changes as necessary, not to exceed $600.
Roof of Village Hall to be reslaged [sic] and coated, not to exceed $165.
Clerk to purchase one or 2 boat pumps for Street Department, not to exceed $20.
A committee of 2 (Lasher & Ford) was appointed to select a team of horses, get an option, and report back.
Standing committees for the year are Finance, Water, Buildings, Sewer, Light & Railroads, Streets.

April 2
R.C. Weaver declined the Treasurer position and  LeRoy R. Wood was appointed.
The sixth installment of the Schon-o-wee Rd. assessment is due May 1; also the fourth installment of Ballston St. assessment.
Accounts for the Street Commissioner and Clerk for last year were approved.
A petition from 4th Street for sewers was referred to the Sewer Committee.
A petition for a cement sidewalk on the NW side of Ballston St. was received; hearing to be held May 6.
A vote of thanks to the Scotia Home Defense League for their offer to assist in maintaining order in the Village; the Village President will make arrangements as he is Chief of Police.
Application of Fred Borelli for sewer on Wallace St. referred to Sewer Committee.
Application for light on Meriline St. referred to Light committee.
Application for water main in 5th St. east of Wallace referred to Water Committee.
Payroll and bills approved.

April 15
Stanley E. Ford resigned as Trustee: Walter W. Miller appointed for 1 year.
Harry Van Epps appointed Fire Commissioner for 3 years.
Applications for sewer extensions were approved where most needed: Lark, Toll, Robin, and Jay Streets. Tile to be purchased at bid price from George E. Van Vorst. Superintendent of Sewers will do the work.
Clerk to purchase 3500 stamped envelopes for the Water Department, not to exceed $75.60.
Materials for the extension of the water main on 5th St. east of Wallace will be purchased and Superintendent of Water will install.
Village Clerk to purchase new cutter blade for street scraper.
New street lights will be installed at: SE corner of 4th & Huston; 4th St. halfway between Huston & Root; corner of Sacandaga and Toll; corner of Wallace and 5th.
Paper and muresco [paint] will be procured for the village house at the Pumping Station.
The President will look over the grade conditions between Vley Rd. and the Schoolhouse on First Street with the Village Engineer.
The Water & Sewers Superintendent is authorized to employ one extra utility man not to exceed $2.90 per day.
Clerk will send letter of regrets and thanks for 3 years service as member of board and 3 years service as Fire Commissioner to Stanley E. Ford.
Payroll and bills approved.
Committee changes: Jacob Schuler will chair Finance and Buildings; Walter W Miller will serve on Sewer and Finance in place of Schuler.

April 26
Special meeting
Report of the committee on obtaining horses. They have an option on a team of sorrel [reddish-brown] horses weighing approximately 2600 pounds, priced at $550, recommend purchase from Patrick Myers. Approved.
President authorized to purchase one set double harness at $110.

 

 

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Spring at the Flint House https://www.villageofscotia.org/historian/spring-at-the-flint-house/ Fri, 04 May 2018 15:34:15 +0000 https://www.villageofscotia.org/?p=3855 It only took a couple of warm days for the magnolia to start blooming! 

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It only took a couple of warm days for the magnolia to start blooming! 

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Household Hazardous Waste 2018 Collection Program https://www.villageofscotia.org/news/household-hazardous-waste-2017-collection-program/ Thu, 03 May 2018 10:02:07 +0000 http://www.villageofscotia.org/?p=3126 2018 Schenectady County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program HHW Flyer 2018 All collections are from 8am – 12noon The program is for Schenectady County residents only. Register on-line at www.schenectadycounty.com/hhw or call 372-1622 x264 This program is by pre-registration only (at www.schenectadycounty.com/hhw ) Registration closes at noon one week before the event or when it is... Read more »

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2018 Schenectady County
Household Hazardous Waste
Collection Program

HHW Flyer 2018

All collections are from 8am – 12noon

The program is for Schenectady County residents only.
Register on-line at www.schenectadycounty.com/hhw or call 372-1622 x264

This program is by pre-registration only (at www.schenectadycounty.com/hhw )

Registration closes at noon one week before the event or when it is full, whichever comes first.

The purchase of a County Compost Facility Permit prior to the date of the collection event is also required regardless of where the event is held. Information on purchasing the permit is at: http://www.schenectadycounty.com/node/584 .

 

 

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April Mystery Tool Answer https://www.villageofscotia.org/historian/april-mystery-tool-answer-3/ Wed, 25 Apr 2018 22:54:04 +0000 https://www.villageofscotia.org/?p=3847 This is a shingling hatchet–it could trim wood, serve as a hammer, and the notch could remove nails. (The shingles would have been wooden ones.) It is marked “Underhill Edge Tool Co.” Underhill Edge Tools was founded by George Underhill in 1852 in New Hampshire. There were several companies that merged throughout the 1800s, and... Read more »

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This is a shingling hatchet–it could trim wood, serve as a hammer, and the notch could remove nails. (The shingles would have been wooden ones.)

It is marked “Underhill Edge Tool Co.” Underhill Edge Tools was founded by George Underhill in 1852 in New Hampshire. There were several companies that merged throughout the 1800s, and this name was probably not used after 1890. There may have been Underhills making tools in New Hampshire as early as the late 1700s.

Some sources call this a carpenter’s hatchet, and you can find a few YouTube videos about using this type of hatchet for any small wood-shaping task, such as trimming pieces to make camp furniture.

(Illustration from A Museum of Early American Tools by Eric Sloane)

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