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The way things were by Anne Weaver

Wednesday, February 06, 2013 - Updated: 8:14 AM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF FEB. 6, 1964, establishing Daylight Saving for nine months of the year, and reducing the prima facie evidence of violation of the alcohol impairment law to .05 percent for all drivers, a two drink bill, headed a list of 11 proposals discussed at a legislative public hearing in November at Hofstra University, Hampstead, L.I.

State Senator Edward J. Speno, chairman of the Joint Legislative Committee on Motor Vehicles and Traffic Safety, said the Daylight Saving and alcohol bills, and nine others on the public hearing agenda in the University’s Memorial Hall, were among 30 bills tentatively scheduled for pre-filing in March.

Ten of the committee’s bills were enacted during the last session and 40 during the last four sessions, including four bills dealing with seatbelts.

The proposed Daylight Saving nine-month bill was a compromise from the year-round bill sponsored by the committee during the last session. That was allowed to die in order to permit more expression of opinion and because of unified opposition from the daylight-only radio stations that would lose early-morning broadcast time in the winter.

At HAMILTON COUNTY, state Comptroller Arthur Levitt had announced the distribution of monies for February to the 65 public welfare districts in the state. The money represented the federal and state share of anticipated welfare expenditures by the localities. Hamilton County received $2,960.

At INDIAN LAKE, Airman 3c Joseph H. Merwin had completed the course for physiological training specialists at the United States Air Force School of Medicine at Brooks Air Force Base.

Airman Merwin received instruction in the operation of physiological equipment including high altitude chambers. The airman, son of Mrs. Margaret Merwin, was a graduate of Indian Lake School.

At INLET, fire of undetermined origin did considerable damage to the interior of Harwood’s Laundromat at Eagle Bay early Tuesday night. The Ted Harwood family was about to sit down to their evening meal when they were alerted by Charles Russell. He was driving by and saw the flames in the laundromat that adjoined the Harwood home.

The Eagle Bay Fire Department responded immediately and within a few minutes the Inlet Voluntary Hose Company arrived and the two departments managed to get the blaze under control.

At LAKE PLEASANT, Speculator’s Annual Winter Carnival would open Feb. 21 with a program of races for skiers of all ages and in all classes — expert, intermediate and novice — with some novel events to add spice. Because Speculator had three T-bar lifts operating daily, and many rails suitable for skiers of all types and skills, there would be no suspension of activity for any skiers who wished to devote most or all of their time to enjoying their own recreational skiing, instead of watching races.

Saturday evening there would be a display of fireworks and a torchlight slalom down Sacandaga slope, during which Oak Mountain would otherwise be blacked out.

Leap Year would be honored by including expert women skiers, as well as ski school instructors, in a thrilling fantasy in which everyone could be said to be “carrying a torch for someone.” The Carnival Queen would be crowned in a gala ceremony Saturday night, after prizes had been awarded in the school auditorium to the winners of the races.

At LONG LAKE, Ralph W. Faxon, yeoman first class, son of Mrs. Pauline M. Faxon, Long Lake, was serving with Fleet Weather Facility in London, England. The Fleet Weather Facility in London was based in the headquarters of the commander in chief, Naval Forces, Europe, and provided weather information for the naval components in the United Kingdom and Northern Europe as required.

Faxon entered the service in September 1954.

At RAQUETTE LAKE, Orrin “Ott” Lanphear, 75, a well-known Adirondack guide and a Raquette Lake resident for more than 50 years, died the previous Thursday in Albany Medical Center. He had resided in this area all his life.

He married Hazel McCane. The couple had owned and operated Lanphear Cabins and Hotel here for several years. Mr. Lanphear had been ill health since Nov. 10 when he fractured his hip while guiding a hunting party. He had been a patient in the Albany hospital for the past few days.

He was a member of Raquette Lake Chapel, the Raquette Lake Fire Department, the IOOF in Indian Lake and, until recently, the Raquette Lake bowling team.

Besides his wife he left three sons, Frank, Edgar and Gerald, all of Raquette Lake; and three daughters, Mrs. Raymond Colligah and Mrs. Kurt Forsell, both of Raquette Lake, and Mrs. Richard Beckingham of Indian Lake.

The funeral was from his home and Raquette Lake Chapel with the Rev. Livingston officiating. Burial was in Indian Lake.

Mrs. Orrin “Ott” Lanphear and family thanked all of their friends, relatives and neighbors for the many prayers, flowers, food and kind deeds shown them following the loss of their beloved husband and father.

     

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