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The Way Things Were -- 02/05/2014 By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, February 05, 2014 - Updated: 6:42 PM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF FEB. 5, 1965, At BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE, General Telephone Co. planned to spend more than $340,000 in the Northeastern District during 1965 to improve facilities. Among the communities affected were Long Lake, Blue Mt. Lake and Indian Lake. Over $100,000 had been earmarked to provide additional toll circuits and trunking facilities in Indian Lake. In order to house new central office equipment and provide for growth, an addition to the present building at Blue Mt. Lake was planned at an estimated cost of $5,500.

In the INLET area, Queen Carol and King Gary were slightly chilled Saturday night at the Old Forge Winter Carnival Coronation Ceremonies. Carol Vavra, the lovely stewardess Mohawk Airlines chose to reign as queen, and Gary Wood, New York Giants quarterback, concurred they had been in warmer situations than the one they participated at the Ice Palace.

The temperature was hovering around zero, and the wind blowing rather strongly didn't help matters at all. After the Coronation the hundreds of spectators were thrilled by a beautiful fireworks display and the graceful Torch Light Ski Ballet performed by Webb High School skiers under the direction of Norm Villiere. The Winter Carnival was dedicated to him as the oldest living area member of the Brown's Tract Guides Association of 1907.

Skimobile racing at its best was the fashion of the day. This event was the highlight and finishing touch to the weekend fun, gaiety and frivolity. Hundreds of people flocked to the Thendara Golf Course where the ski buggies were racing. The weather was ideal, the course was laid out to perfection, and the committee did a wonderful job on the whole show.

Between 60 and 70 contestants registered for the diversified events. There were cross-country, slalom, powder puff, and speed races. Each category was divided into classes depending upon the horsepower of the entrant's vehicle. The contestants came from as far north as Saranac and as far south as Oriskany.

Bill Potter of Remsen seemed to be another Sterling Moss on skis. He had won many competitions weekend after weekend. He gained two firsts at Old Forge when he won the Class 2 Cross Country and the Class 2 slalom.

Another double winner was Oscar St. Onge of Tupper Lake, who grabbed first place in both Class 4 slalom and Class 3 speed races. Local ladies that participated and won their respective divisions were Gigi Hollister winning the Class 1 Cross Country and Myrna Hall defeating all competitors in the Class 4 Cross Country event.

When the final race was concluded the Fox Track Snowmobile that was to be given away for donations to the Polar Bears was drawn and Mary Roberts and her brother, John, of Old Forge, emerged the lucky girl and boy. The reason they both won was the fact that their father, John Sr., didn't want to neglect either one; therefore he put both of their names on the ticket.

Race Marshall Wilfred Hall, was congratulated for a commendable job and a wonderful day for spectators.

The Public Service Commission announced it would hold a public hearing at the Town Hall in Saranac Lake to consider a petition of the New York Central Railroad for permission to discontinue operation of trains 164 and 165 between Utica and Lake Placid. These were the last passenger trains being operated on the railroad's 142-mile Adirondack Division. Examiner Jacob L. Rothstein would preside.

In 1951 the PSC authorized New York Central to discontinue daytime rail service between Utica and Lake Placid, but ordered continuation of trains 164 and 165, which operate at night. In its petition for permission to terminate that service now, the railroad claimed its above-the-rail loss from operation of the night trains during the first nine months of 1964 was $70,700 and that the average number of passengers carried on trips during that period was below corresponding averages for the previous year.

The betrothal of Miss Susan Jane Harwood to David J. Beck was announced by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Harwood, Thendara. Mr. Beck was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard J. Beck, Syracuse.

The bride-elect, a graduate of the Town of Webb High School, Old Forge, was a junior at Syracuse University where she was majoring in English literature. Mr. Beck was graduated from Eastwood High School, Syracuse, and was employed by Bill Rapp Pontiac, Syracuse. He expected to attend Oswego State University. A June wedding was planned.

At LAKE PLEASANT, the annual Carnival at Oak Mt., Speculator, was set for February. There would be racing and recreational skiing Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

On Monday night the traditional torchlight slalom down Sacandaga slope would be followed by fireworks. The Oak Mt. Carnival Queen would be crowned the same evening in a ceremony in the Speculator school auditorium, after which she would present prizes to the winners of the races of the three preceding days.

At RAQUETTE LAKE, Robert Waldron, son of Mrs. Emma Waldron, Raquette Lake, had been accepted by the State University Agricultural and Technical College at Canton for the September freshman class. He would major in Air Conditioning. He was attending Indian Lake School.

At WELLS, a Civil Service examination for the position of custodian at the Wells School was to be held in March. Applications would be accepted for the annual salary of $3,000. Further information could be obtained from Mr. Hamilton Chequer, County Personnel Officer, Court House, Lake Pleasant.


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