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The Way Things Were -- 03/12/2014 By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - Updated: 4:59 PM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF MARCH 12, 1965, in the Otter Lake, Old Forge, Eagle Bay, Big Moose, Inlet, Raquette Lake and Blue Mountain Lake area The Steering Committee of the Citizens Group had given careful consideration to questions often asked by visitors and the need for a Central Adirondack Guide to provide answers. They voted to provide such a guide and chose a committee to create it.

This committee was composed of Charles Kiefer Jr., Robert N. Lindsay Jr., Archie MacDonald, Frank A. Reed, Fred C. Simmons, Allen Stripp and Joseph Uzdavinis. Allen Stripp had been chosen as editor and advertising manager of the guide for 1965.

The committee planned on publishing 15,000 copies and distributing them in strategic places, with June as publication deadline. The guide would include a map of the area, a short sketch giving historical highlights, information on how to see the area to best appreciate its beauty, points of interest, entertainment opportunities, and services the reader would need during a stay in the Central Adirondacks.

At HAMILTON COUNTY, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors established a plan for continuity of government in the event of disaster; and decided to join with various conservation organizations to establish a policy on conservation. Assemblyman Glenn H. Harris appeared and spoke about several measures he had introduced into the Legislature.

Two pieces of property acquired by tax sale were sold in Lake Pleasant to Robert T. Osborne, the other in Wells, to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dunham. County Judge James Curry was authorized to attend the state meeting of county judges.

At INLET, Marine Pfc. Ernest Bennett, son of Mrs. Ruth Bennett, Indian Lake, participated in a major fleet training operation off the coast of California. The operation involved more than 60 ships and 50,000 Navy and Marine Corps personnel.

Mrs. Lavina Payne Searl died Tuesday in a Utica hospital. She was born in Raquette Lake, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Asa Payne. She came to Inlet in 1938, and was married to Mr. Searl. The couple moved to Liberty for a while before returning to Inlet.

She was a member of the Church of the Lakes and its Auxiliary, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Rebekahs. Besides her husband she left three sons, James of Liberty, Richard in Texas and John in Inlet; a daughter, Mrs. Theodore Payne, Inlet; three sisters, Mrs. Nellie Burnett, Rochester, and Mrs. Arthur Lucas and Mrs. Clarence Pierce, Inlet; four brothers, Lawrence and Richard Payne, Inlet, Louis Payne, Glens Falls, and Joseph, Eagle Bay.

The funeral was held from the Church of the Lakes with the pastor, the Rev. Livingston Bentley, officiating. Burial was in Old Forge Cemetery.

Expanded ski facilities at McCauley Mountain and a new junior college in Old Forge could result from legislation introduced the previous week in the state Legislature. Co-sponsored by Assemblyman Donald J. Mitchell (R-Herkimer County) and Sen. William S. Calli of Oneida County, the bills would allow the Town of Webb to sell 1,185 acres of land in two parcels to private interests.

Some of the townspeople wanted to sell 800 acres and the ski facility currently leased out by the town on McCauley Mountain and 375 acres adjacent to the Town of Webb School. This included Maple Ridge Ski Slope and the old Alpine open slope. The later parcel of land would be the site of the new proposed junior college.

A group of Utica area people were interested in investing from $750,000 to $1 million at McCauley Mountain. Mr. Mende Schulman said the group was interested in developing the ski area to a considerable extent. Plans included grooming the slopes, a new chair lift, and possibly adding a new seventh slope that would be longer and more inviting for the expert skier.

At LONG LAKE, a testimonial dinner honoring Arthur Parker, former supervisor, and Howe Stanton, former superintendent of highways, took place in Town Hall. Mr. Parker resigned to become county sheriff. Mr. Stanton resigned to enjoy a well-earned rest. The wives were included in the tribute in view of the fact that behind every successful man is a woman with love, encouragement and hope.

Plaques were presented to Mr. and Mrs. Parker and Mr. and Mrs. Stanton expressing appreciation for their endeavors in both town government and civic affairs. Speeches were made by county Superintendent of Highways John Kathan, the Rev. Clifton Chapman and Msgr. Hudzik, Atlantic City, N.J.

Toastmaster Edward Wallace kept the laughter rolling throughout the buffet supper. Music was furnished by a local trio of Frosty Lamoy, Jim Patnode and Bob Craig. Five teenagers, John Lemieux, Danny Zihm, Bill Snide, Chris Gearwar and Mike Huntley, hepped up the oldsters with their drum and guitar music. Everyone agreed it was "one of the best times we've had in ages."

At RAQUETTE LAKE, among the roads scheduled by the Department of Public Works to be resurfaced was Route 28 from Raquette Lake eastward.

At WELLS, Marine Pvt. Robert E. Simons, son of Mr. and Mrs. Preston H. Simons of Wells, completed four weeks of individual combat training at the First Infantry Training Regiment Marine Corps Base Camp in Lejeune, N.C.


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