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The Way Things Were - 01/08/2014 By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, January 08, 2014 - Updated: 3:02 PM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF JAN. 8, 1965, a comprehensive study of public use of snowmobiles to determine their impact on the Forest Preserve would be conducted during the winter by the Conservation Department, Commissioner Harold G. Wilm announced. "Recreational use of snow vehicles is on the increase and indications are that the use will grow at an even faster rate in the future," the commissioner said.

Rangers, conservation officers and department airplanes would be used to spot-check snowmobile routes and users would be interviewed. Wilm reminded operators of snow vehicles that restrictions on the use of snowmobiles would be enforced.

They were not allowed to go cross-country on Forest Preserve lands or be used on trails designed and used exclusively for foot or horseback travel or on state fire truck trails. Snow vehicles could be operated on snow- or ice-covered trails and roads normally open to conventional vehicular travel by the public, the iced surface of frozen rivers and lakes that could be reached by such a road; and also on roads that were closed to other forms of vehicles by department order. Snow vehicles traveling on public roads or highways had to be licensed for such travel.

At INLET, two fire halls in the Central Adirondack area had facelifts during the fall. In Blue Mountain, contractor Bob Watson built a 25- by 50-foot addition to the fire hall located in the heart of the little lakeside hamlet. The décor was matched beautifully with the existing building. A recreation room, kitchen, two bathrooms and a vestibule were included in the new edifice. A shingle roof bedecked the addition, and Bob put a cupola around the siren to beautify the fire hall.

In Inlet, Contractor Alfred Thibado erected a spanking new 40- by 57-foot fire hall to replace the old monster below the post office. This building had a cement block base with trussed roof and a stone façade with redwood gables adding an aesthetic touch to the exterior. A three-stall area had been erected for the fire equipment. There were also meeting rooms and a shower area. Another garage area of 6 by 70 feet had been provided on the ground level in the rear portion of the new building. A metal standing seam roof protected the body of the Inlet's firemen's new baby.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Payne announced the engagement of their daughter, Lynda L. Payne, to John S. Levi, Herkimer. Miss Payne was a graduate of the Town of Webb High School, Class of '64. Mr. Levi graduated from Herkimer Central School and was self-employed as a co-owner of Payne and Levi Sawmill. The couple would be married Feb. 13 at Church of the Lakes.

John McGuirk and his wife, Mabel, of Rego Park journeyed to Inlet during the Christmas season to visit his sister, Marge Thibado, and her family. John was having a summer home built in the 7th Lake area and came up quite often to check the progress.

Mr. McGuirk had become an avid golfer during the spring and played as often as time would permit during his weekend sojourns. He certainly didn't expect to have grass available for a round over the Christmas weekend, but it was. He didn't hesitate to invite his brother-in-law, Al Thibado, to join him. The only thing that wasn't conductive to the game was the clothes that had to be worn, as the climate did not permit Bermuda shorts and Banlon short-sleeve sport shirts.

Their scores were not gratifying, but the ability to go out and swing the clubs was reward enough. This seemed to be the latest that golf was played in the area. Dr. Bob Lindsay and a group of golfers had played a round of 18 holes Jan. 13, 1932.

Norton "Buster" Bird of Inlet won the Huski Sno Traveler raffled by Inlet Fire Department. Proceeds would be used for expenses of the new fire hall.

At LAKE PLEASANT, Seaman Recruit Chauncey James Bernier, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Bernier, Lake Pleasant, had completed basic training at the Great Lakes Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill.

Yeoman 1st Class Ranson C. Slack USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Slack, Lake Pleasant, was a crewmember of the submarine USS Albacore, completing a two-month overhaul in Portsmouth Navy Yard. The Albacore is the first submarine to be designed for optimum submerged speed and to employ high speed submerged techniques.

At LONG LAKE, Radar 3rd Class Joel Morley, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Morley, Long Lake, was serving aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Tattnall, which sailed Nov. 28 for duty with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean area.

Seaman Apprentice David E. Bean USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard C. Bean, Long Lake, was attending Radioman School at the Naval Training Center, Bainbridge, Md.

Howe W. Stanton resigned as superintendent of highways at a special meeting of the Town Board of Long Lake after 20 years serving the town. The board appointed Roy W. Hosley to succeed Stanton.

At MOREHOUSE, James E. O'Bryan, 59, Morehouse, died Jan. 3, 1965, in his home. He was born in Utica. He married Eleanor Lewis. He had been employed as a paper cutter in Syracuse. For the past four years he had lived in Morehouse. Besides his wife he left a son, James Jr., Albany; a daughter, Mrs. Jean Perpotin, South Cairo; and six brothers, Stewart and Raymond of Herkimer, Harry of Jacksonville, Fla., Stephen of Hamilton, John of New York and Robert of Syracuse; and two sisters, Miss Mary of Pasadena and Mrs. Lawrence Shaffer, Herkimer.

At WELLS, Marine Private Robert E. Simons, son of Mr. and Mrs. Preston Simons, Wells, graduated Dec. 15 from recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. He was to report to Camp Lejeune, N.C., for further combat infantry training.


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