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The Way Things Were By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, May 08, 2013 - Updated: 10:22 PM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF MAY 7, 1964, the Louis A. Wehle Fishing Contest would be conducted for the 19th consecutive year, starting April 1, coincidental with the opening of trout season. As in previous years the former conservation commissioner of New York state and chairman of the Genesee Brewing Co. Inc. of Rochester would offer $5,135 in cash prizes for the largest freshwater fish entered in each of 12 classifications.

Prizes would be awarded monthly for the seven months ending Oct. 31, at which time grand prizes would be awarded for the largest fish in each classification entered during the seven-month season. Licensed guides were also eligible for prizes if they guided winners to a grand prize at the time the prize-winning fish was caught.

There would be 195 monthly prizes and 36 grand prizes. The eligible fish were largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, rock bass, northern pike, walleye pike, muskellunge, perch, pickerel, brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout and lake trout.

Illegally placed and poorly visible fishing buoys in the Fulton Chain of Lakes were a hazard to water-skiers and motorboats, the Navigation Dept. of Herkimer County said. Such buoys had to be removed immediately but could be replaced with new buoys that conformed to specifications laid out in the navigation laws, officials said.

Third Lake, Fourth Lake and South Lakes were the only bodies of water where buoys could be legally anchored in Herkimer County, according to the navigation laws. According to a navigation law booklet published by the state Conservation Department, fishing buoys had to be of polystyrene or polyurethane.

They had to be white with a one-inch black stripe running horizontally around the center and one-inch reflector tape running horizontally all around the upper-most part of the buoy. Each of the markers was to bear the name and address of the owner, written legibly in block lettering.

A violation of the rules and regulations constituted an offense punishable by a fine not to exceed $50. Other details concerning buoys, including anchoring methods and devices, could be obtained from Frank Maly, Navigation Patrol, Old Forge.

At HAMILTON COUNTY, state Comptroller Arthur Levitt announced the distribution of money representing settlement of the 65 Public Welfare districts' claims for the quarter ending Dec. 31, 1963. Hamilton County received $4,087.

Levitt also announced the distribution of money for the month of May to the 65 Public Welfare districts in the state. These monies represented the federal and state shares of anticipated welfare expenditures by the localities. Hamilton County received $3,260.

The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors, at its regular monthly meeting, made preliminary plans for Hamilton County Day at the New York State Pavilion at the World's Fair July 13. Plans were made to have some 500 of Harold Hochschild's pictures of Hamilton County shown.

The board granted a refund of $75.76 for an erroneous assessment in the Town of Long Lake. Members were authorized to attend Supervisors School in June. The salary of Undersheriff Jason Knapp was set at $100 per month and a county system two-way radio was to be installed in his car.

The state was requested to construct the remaining sections of Route 8 and 30 between Speculator and Wells. The following appointments as deputy sheriffs were approved: Charles Bird, Raquette Lake; Edward Mitchell, Indian Lake; Maurice Lamos, Long Lake; David Short, Sabattis; Mark Challis and Roger Leadley, Lake Pleasant; Dayton Cleaveland, Raquette Lake; Ernest Greene and Roswell Greene, Hoffmeister; Richard Jaquish, Lake Pleasant; and Richard Bunker, Indian Lake.

At INLET, at the annual school meeting, Inlet voters re-elected these officials: Alfred Thibado, trustee, three years; Patricia Murdock, clerk; Dorothy Brigham, treasurer; and Rosemary Ponder, tax collector.

The annual Spring Dinner sponsored by the Altar Society of St. Anthony of Padua church in Inlet was scheduled for May 16. The Inlet Firemen's Auxiliary held meetings on the first Thursday of the month. The Inlet Church of the Lakes met regularly on the second Monday of the month.

The following were Inlet emergency providers: doctors J.S. Fisher, Inlet, and R.N. Lindsay, Old Forge; Old Forge Medical Center; ambulance -- Inlet, Inlet Texaco Station with P. Kalil, B. Ross and R. Egenhofer; fire department -- Inlet, Gordon Rudd; Inlet Texaco Station, Harwood Motors.

At LONG LAKE, Navy Ensign Philip R. Shaw, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shaw, Long Lake, had been attending a two-week course in Amphibious Warfare Indoctrination at Amphibious School, Coronado, Calf. He was studying the techniques and tactics used in one of the Navy's most versatile and important battle maneuvers, the sea assault.

The Catholic Daughters of Long Lake met every third Tuesday of the month. Mrs. Virginia Farr was in charge. The American Legion Auxiliary, Post 650, Long Lake, met the first Wednesday of every month.


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