February 17 – Happy Birthday Bear Baia

387217Bobby “Bear” Baia was an Amsterdam original. His Baia’s Tavern on Lyons Street had to be one of the most popular bars in the history of our City. Its heyday was the the 1960’s and most of the 70’s, when climbing up the multitude of steep front stairs to the main entrance of that hillside establishment always seemed to be a lot less difficult and treacherous than coming back down would be a few hours later…

You can read the rest of this story in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

February 10 – Happy Birthday Seely Conover

seely2…Seely Conover first came to Amsterdam as a teacher in 1879, filling a vacancy in the Amsterdam Academy during the spring term. That summer he partnered with a gentleman named Seward Kline to purchase a book store which was located very close to where The Book Hound Bookstore is now located in downtown Amsterdam. After several partnership changes, the business came to be known by its present-day name, The Seely Conover Company in 1903…

You can read the rest of this story about Conover’s remarkable life as a war hero, educator, businessman and politician in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

February 8 – Happy Birthday Tullio DeMartinis

tullioHe was an Amsterdam original. It wasn’t just his cooking that drew generations of Rug City residents to his downtown diners, Tullio DeMartinis had that smile, that twinkle in his eye, and an amazing way of making everyone who walked into his eateries feel instantly welcome and at home. He came to our town in 1953 from his native Italy and began …

You can read the rest of this story in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

February 3 – Happy Birthday Edward J. Kelly

Long before Home Depot and Lowe’s built their big box stores on Route 30, Amsterdam was the home of several family owned lumber yards. One of the most successful was Kelly Lumber. Many of us can well remember Kelly’s pristine, well-organized yard located on Edwards Street in Amsterdam. It was the go-to place in this town for the latest in building materials and today’s Amsterdam Birthday Blog celebrant Edward J. Kelly, was a big reason why…

You can read the rest of this story in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.