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The Way Things Were -- 04/02/2014 By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, April 02, 2014 - Updated: 9:39 AM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF APRIL 2, 1965, brook trout season opened officially in New York State on Thursday, but true to the tradition in the Adirondacks, trout in local streams didn’t have a thing to worry about. It would take a small charge of dynamite to dislodge them from the frozen mountain streams, and we are sure that is illegal.

Small ponds, streams and brooks were still covered with a substantial layer of ice to say nothing of a goodly amount of snow. It wouldn’t be until mid-April or early May that these trout waters would be open to anglers. Some of the more remote streams would remain ice-bound until early in May. Lake trout season opened the first of May.

Edwin Cox, Utica, vice president of the White Tail Deer Association of New York State, presented figures to the annual deer forum held recently in Tupper Lake. He showed that posted lands were forcing 90 percent of hunters to hunt on 40 percent of the state’s deer range which was used by 20 percent of the deer.

Cox said the Conservation Department would not comment on his figures. He added that with the separate north-south seasons too much pressure was brought in each area. He also pointed out the party permit system was ruining the deer hunting in areas open to public hunting.

Dr. E.L. Cheathum, deputy commissioner, said this causes a problem and added that $600,000 had been put aside for land acquisition to open up some of the areas where state lands were blocked from the public. The Moose River deer kill and party permits caused plenty of heated discussion, Cox said.

One and a half hours were devoted to the Moose River deer kill, which caused a furor in the state a year ago. Minutes of the Hamilton County Federation of Sportsmen meeting, according to Cox, revealed that the Conservation Department had asked for permission to take 25 adult deer. Instead 50 or more were killed.

Cox said William Severinghaus, chief biologist for the department, stated military ammunition had been used. This discussion was halted when Dr. Severinghaus said the department had made mistakes, especially in public relations, and if any further experiments were ever planned the federations and boards of supervisors would be notified well in advance.

Glenn Harris, assemblyman from Hamilton and Fulton counties, explained he had received requests from sportsmen’s groups and the board of supervisors to introduce a bill to remove the party permit system. Cox said Ralph Colson, chief of big game, stated that if a bill was passed the department would ask Gov. Nelson Rockefeller to veto it.

At HAMILTON COUNTY, at the regular meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors held in the Hamilton County Court House at the county seat in Lake Pleasant, members heard about control of roadside weeds and brush by spraying. They also saw a film on the subject.

County Superintendent of Highways John S. Kathan appeared and spoke about federal aid for secondary roads. The Board voted to inquire about bringing the county road from Piseco to Lake Pleasant under this program.

It was decided to advertise again for bids on a new car for the sheriff. Chairman William Baker reappointed Edward Mitchell to the county Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. The Board approved a proposed four-year term for supervisors.

Two pieces of property acquired by the County by tax sale were sold: one in Wells for $550; and one in Hope for $45. $300 was transferred from the Contingent Fund for veterans’ grave markers.

According to a report by the Southern Adirondack Library System on its Bookmobile circulation in 1964, Hamilton County ranked second in its use. The report: Saratoga County, 43,372; Hamilton County, 39,885; Warren County, 32,666; Washington County, 17,030.

State Comptroller Arthur Levitt announced the distribution of monies representing settlement of the 65 Public Welfare Districts’ claims for the quarter ending Dec. 31, 1964. Hamilton County received $7,250.04.

At ARIETTA, a campaign to get the State DPW interested in rebuilding “washboard, dusty” Route 10 between Stoner Lake and Route 8 at Piseco had been started through a letter campaign to Assemblyman Glenn H. Harris. In a letter being distributed, Lyman Avery, one of the men pushing the rebuilding of the road said “the public was delighted to see surveyors working last year getting specifications ready for this most ignored main avenue of travel in north central New York.”

Now, Avery said, the word is “no contract until 1966. When are politicians going to see the need for this direct route to the Adirondacks?” Avery asked. “It is impassable in the spring, so dusty and washboard in the summer that it is actually dangerous. The road is almost worthless the way it is but pioneers at heart still brave it in astounding numbers,” he pointed out.

At INLET, Eagle Bay Service won first place in the Community Bowling League which was completed at Northern Lanes. They also won the first-half championships and were the undisputed leaders of their league.

Dr. and Mrs. J.S. Fisher planned to return to their home at Inlet in April, when Dr. Fisher would resume his practice. The Fishers had been enjoying a vacation in Miami Beach, Fla.

Edward Murdock of the U.S. Army was stationed in Toul, France with the 84th Transportation Company.

The Rev. C.E. Humiston, former pastor of Inlet Community Church, would be the guest speaker at the Easter Service. The Rev. Livingston Bentley and the Rev. Humiston would conduct the Union Good Friday Service in the Community Church.

Laura Bird expressed thank-you in the following letter: “It’s grand to be home. I’d like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to my friends and neighbors for their cards, gifts and visits and the many other kindnesses during my recent illness and hospitalization.”

Also Hollis Roos wished to thank everyone for their cards and remembrances during his recent illness.

At LAKE PLEASANT, under a new plan in Gov. Nelson Rockefeller’s 1965 budget, the Village of Speculator was to receive an additional $4,241 in state aid. The additional aid was unanimously recommended by the Moore Commission on State Fiscal Relations, headed by former Lt. Gov. Frank C. Moore. Payment depended on passage of Rockefeller’s executive budget.


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