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The way things were by Anne Weaver

Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - Updated: 7:07 AM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF JAN. 6, 1963, At HAMILTON COUNTY, state Comptroller Arthur Levitt had announced the distribution of monies for January to the 65 public welfare districts in the state. These monies represented the federal and state share of anticipated welfare expenditures by the localities. Hamilton County received $2,960.

At INDIAN LAKE, Army PFC Stanton W. Bell, whose father lived in Indian Lake, had completed a German language course conducted by the Seventh U.S. Army in Germany. Bell was taught to speak fluently rather than read and write the language.

Bell, a medical aidman in the 56th Medical Battalion’s 595th Company near Karlsruhe, Germany, entered the Army in April 1962, and ha been overseas since September of that year.

At INLET, Installation ceremonies were held at North Woods Lodge No. 849 Free & Accepted Masons, and the following officers were installed for 1964: Master George Breakey, Senior Warden Willard Payne, Junior Warden L.G. Barnum, Senior Deacon Allen Stripp, Junior Deacon Phillip Gandy, Senior Master of Ceremonies Daryl Carman, Junior Master of Ceremonies Arthur Eyre Jr., Secretary Albert W. Brussel, Treasurer Leslie Wilcox, Chaplain William Brack, Marshall Donald Burnap and Organist Dr. R.N. Lindsay.

Mrs. Edith Aldous, Utica, a former owner of the Miss Inlet Diner, died Jan. 4 in a nursing home.

At LAKE PLEASANT, Yeoman First Class Hanson A. Slack, U.S. Navy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alvah H. Slack of Lake Pleasant, was serving aboard the auxiliary submarine USS Albacore, which was undergoing conversion at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, N.H. He entered the service in June 1947.

The Oak Mountain Ski School, Speculator, directed by Al Della Penta, was conducted under United States Eastern Amateur Ski Association certified instruction, combining the best of the latest Austrian system with the new American technique. Della Penta was seen executing a gelandesprung in a color photograph on the front cover of the December issue of Skier Magazine. A gelandesprung is a jump in skiing made from a crouching position with the use of both poles.

A Learn To Ski Week, with daily lessons, unlimited use of lifts, room and meals was offered for five days, at a special package price. Nursery care was available all day, carefully supervised and with a registered nurse on duty over weekends.

There was a special “supervised nursery slope” and Della Penta’s instructors taught children from 3 years of age.

At UTICA, Munson Williams Proctor Institute, Utica, invited artists living within a 100-mile radius to submit work created within the past five years for the 27th Annual Exhibition, Artists of Central New York, to be held at the Museum of Art in February.

Each artist could submit two works. Paintings, sculpture, graphic arts and drawings could be submitted but no craft work or ceramic vessels. Three prizes of $100 each would be awarded for the outstanding works of art in any medium in the show.

If the Institute wished to acquire selected works for its collection the amount of the prize would be applied to the purchase. As in previous years, the Institute would purchase approximately $1,000 worth of work.

At OLD FORGE, in Herkimer County west of Inlet, plans were going forward at a rapid pace for the annual Old Forge Winter Carnival to be held at the end of January. Theme was the “Call of the Wild” with the Alaska Gold Rush Days and the Yukon Territory as a setting for the skits and Carnival Ball.

Expected to attract thousands of out-of-towners to the area, the three-day program would include fireworks, coronation of the Queen of Winter, torchlight skiing, a dance at the school gym with Vic Torby and his band; a ski jumping exhibition, a Sno-Traveler exhibition and other entertainments.

Plans had been completed by the Race Committee of the Polar Bear Ski Club for the Tenth Annual Snow Flake Derby to be held during Winter Carnival Weekend. The Derby would be run on Big Mac’s Back at McCauley Mt.

The establishment of a two-county planning program and construction of a county infirmary were major items facing the 1964 Herkimer County Board of Supervisors. This was the opinion advanced by George Casler Jr., Republican supervisor from Fairfield, after his re-election without opposition as board chairman.

The board already had provided $13,400 as its share of the cost of a two-county planning program and transportation study with Oneida County.

Application would be made for matching funds to help cover the cost of construction of the proposed 120-bed institution.

Seven members were named to the planning board created to carry out the joint effort with Oneida County. They were: one year - Robert Burt, Norway; two years - John Ladd, Schuyler; three years - Pitt Smith, Old Forge; four years - Fred Gehring, Litchfield; five years - Wm. Robinson, Fairfield; six years - Charles Malthy, Herkimer, and seven years - E. Mulford, Little Falls.

     

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