November 15 – Happy Birthday Howard L. Shuttleworth

howardshutt22The Sanford Family ruled one of Amsterdam’s two world-famous rug companies and the Shuttleworth’s ruled the other. Howard L. Shuttleworth ran that company from 1945 until 1966.

I describe how he got the top job and what he accomplished during his tenure at the helm in the new 2nd Edition of my book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam NY Birthdays” which will be available for sale on Saturday, December 10, 2016. If you’d like to receive a copy from the first printing, fill out this reservation form and someone will contact you. The book will also be on sale at Liberty Fresh Market (4867 NY Route 30, Amsterdam, NY 12010) beginning that same day!

November 14 – Happy Birthday W. U. Chase

welcomechase222I always thought Amsterdam’s Masons called their organization’s meeting place the “Welcome” Lodge to make everyone feel at home. Then I learned about today’s birthday celebrant.

I share his story in the new 2nd Edition of my book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam NY Birthdays” which will be available for sale on Saturday, December 10, 2016. If you’d like to receive a copy from the first printing, fill out this reservation form and someone will contact you. The book will also be on sale at Liberty Fresh Market (4867 NY Route 30, Amsterdam, NY 12010) beginning that same day! 

November 10 – Happy Birthday Frank A. Greco

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Today’s November 10th birthday celebrant is Frank A. Greco, who, along with his wife Jennie, operated Greco’s Market from 1949 to 1968. Greco’s Market was located at 313 Division St. and was the typical neighborhood grocery store at the time when family-run businesses thrived because of their loyal, local customers.

Frank’s youngest son, Bobby Greco wrote a wonderful story about his dad and Greco’s Market. I include it in the new 2nd Edition of my book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam NY Birthdays” which will be available for sale on Saturday, December 10, 2016. If you’d like to receive a copy from the first printing, fill out this reservation form and someone will contact you. The book will also be on sale at Liberty Fresh Market (4867 NY Route 30, Amsterdam, NY 12010) beginning that same day!

 

November 9 – Happy Birthday Joseph Hand

jhand222Joseph Patrick Hand was born in Amsterdam, NY on November 9, 1961. He graduated from St. Mary’s Institute in 1914. After high school he worked for a Boston based Wool trading company before enlisting in the Army in April of 1918 during World War I. The war ended before he was sent into battle and he returned to Amsterdam in 1919. In 1922 he began a 34-year career selling insurance for the John Hancock Mutual Life & Insurance Company. He was also at one time the Mayor of Amsterdam.

I tell you all about how he won his election who he beat in the new 2nd Edition of my book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam NY Birthdays” which will be available for sale on Saturday, December 10, 2016. If you’d like to receive a copy from the first printing, fill out this reservation form and someone will contact you. The book will also be on sale at Liberty Fresh Market (4867 NY Route 30, Amsterdam, NY 12010) beginning that same day!

November 8 – Happy Birthday Sarah Jane Sanford

sjsan333Even though she was married to an Italian diplomat who taught a crude and brutish Benito Mussolini how to dress and use a knife and a fork, Sarah Jane Sanford probably led the least adventurous life of the three children of John and Ethel Sanford of Amsterdam, NY. By the time the three of them were born, the Sanford family had more money than they could spend in a lifetime, though they certainly gave doing so their best try.

You can read my complete story about this Amsterdam heiress and her Italian diplomat hubby in the new 2nd Edition of my book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam NY Birthdays” which will be available for sale on Saturday, December 10, 2016. If you’d like to receive a copy from the first printing, fill out this reservation form and someone will contact you. The book will also be on sale at Liberty Fresh Market (4867 NY Route 30, Amsterdam, NY 12010) beginning that same day!

November 3 – Happy Birthday Richard Case

dickcaseHe and his wife retired to Florida after spending their whole lives in Amsterdam, NY and raising their three boys here. But Dick Case left behind a wonderful sports organization he helped co-found back in the late 1960’s.

I tell you what that organization is in the new 2nd Edition of my book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam NY Birthdays” which will be available for sale on Saturday, December 10, 2016. If you’d like to receive a copy from the first printing, fill out this reservation form and someone will contact you. The book will also be on sale at Liberty Fresh Market (4867 NY Route 30, Amsterdam, NY 12010) beginning that same day!

November 2 – Happy Birthday Stan Burza

stanburza222He was born on November 2, 1918 the son of Tom and Mary Kupiec Burza. He graduated from Amsterdam High School in 1936. During World War II he served in the US Navy and took part in the liberation of the Philippine Islands.

We all know Stan Burza opened a very successful tavern at the very top of Locust Avenue in Amsterdam, NY, but do you know where he worked before he opened Burza’s Highland House?

I tell you in the new 2nd Edition of my book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam NY Birthdays” which will be available for sale on Saturday, December 10, 2016. If you’d like to receive a copy from the first printing, fill out this reservation form and someone will contact you. The book will also be on sale at Liberty Fresh Market (4867 NY Route 30, Amsterdam, NY 12010) beginning that same day!

November 1 – Happy Birthday Kim Brumley

kbrumley222One thing is for certain, Kim Brumley is not afraid of a professional or personal challenge. She happens to be the only person in the history of Amsterdam to..

Can you guess? You won’t have to if you purchase the new 2nd Edition of my book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam NY Birthdays” which will be available for sale on Saturday, December 10, 2016. If you’d like to receive a copy from the first printing, fill out this reservation form and someone will contact you. The book will also be on sale at Liberty Fresh Market (4867 NY Route 30, Amsterdam, NY 12010) beginning that same day!

October 31 – Happy Birthday Francis Cuda

cudaBorn in Utica on October 31, 1920, Cuda graduated from that city’s Proctor’s High School in 1938. He next attended the Hudson River State Hospital School of Nursing in Poughkeepsie and began his career as a nurse. After serving in the Pacific with the US Navy during World War II, Cuda took advantage of the GI Bill and earned his BS degree in business administration from Union College. He then relocated to the Washington D.C. area where he worked as a nursing supervisor at several area hospitals while earning his masters in hospital administration from Catholic University. He then accepted a position as Assistant Director of Nursing at a hospital in Crownsville, Maryland…

So when did Cuda move to Amsterdam and where did he go to work?

I tell you in the new 2nd Edition of my book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam NY Birthdays” which will be available for sale on Saturday, December 10, 2016. If you’d like to receive a copy from the first printing, fill out this reservation form and someone will contact you. The book will also be on sale at Liberty Fresh Market (4867 NY Route 30, Amsterdam, NY 12010) beginning that same day!

October 30 – Happy Birthday Mike Villa

mikevillaI have to admit that Mike Villa was probably the last person I ever thought would run against Amsterdam Mayor Ann Thane in the 2015 campaign for the big office at City Hall. I first met Villa over 40 years ago when I used to play softball for Shorty’s Tavern and he used to bar tend at that landmark South Side tavern part time. He was a nice kid back then and he’s grown up to become a nice guy…

So what were the key’s to Mike’s successful campaign versus Ann Thane?

I tell you in the new 2nd Edition of my book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam NY Birthdays” which will be available for sale on Saturday, December 10, 2016. If you’d like to receive a copy from the first printing, fill out this reservation form and someone will contact you. The book will also be on sale at Liberty Fresh Market (4867 NY Route 30, Amsterdam, NY 12010) beginning that same day!