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The Way Things Were -- 05/14/2014 By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - Updated: 5:00 PM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF MAY 21, 1965, New York's public campsites in the Adirondacks and Catskills would open May 26, four days before the traditional Memorial Day start of tent and trailer season, the Conservation Department announced. In 1964, despite the drought-caused reduction of the camping season, state-operated campsites were a summer home away from home for a record 498,028 campers.

It was expected that the 1965 season would bring more than a half-million members of the camping fraternity to the state's 45 campsites. Campsites varied in size from Toepath Mountain near Middleburg with a daily capacity of 138 tenters to Fish Creek Pond near Tupper Lake that could handle 2,292 campers a day.

Although Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer camping season, a dozen campgrounds already had caretakers on duty to accommodate campers who gambled on an early summer and had the foresight to bring long underwear in case they are wrong.

The charge for a camping permit was $1.50 per night while the charge for day use privileges including picnicking, boating, swimming and fishing was $.50 a car. Camping permits were issued on a first come, first served basis from the resident caretaker in charge.

Advance reservations could not be made at state campsites. A permit was good for up to two weeks, but could be renewed if it did not deprive others of an opportunity to use the facilities.

Campsites in Hamilton County were at Brown Tract Pond; Inlet Eighth Lake; Forked Lake at Long Lake; Golden Beach at Arietta; Indian Lake Islands at Lake Pleasant; Lake Durant at Indian Lake; Lake Eaton at Long Lake; Lewey Lake at Lake Pleasant; Limekiln Lake at Inlet; Little Sand Point at Arietta; Moffitt Beach at Lake Pleasant; Point Comfort at Arietta; Poplar Point at Arietta and Sacandaga at Wells.

At INDIAN LAKE, James J. O'Brien, director of the Conservation Department's Division of Motor Boats, had announced the appointment of Russell L. Barrowman, Indian Lake, as the division's Coordinator of Boating Safety for Hamilton County. Mr. Barrowman succeeded Robert Tichenor of Indian Lake, who had resigned. As coordinator, Barrowman was responsible for countywide administration of the state's Young Boatman's Safety Training Program.

At INLET, three Rome girls, three Clinton girls and one each from Herkimer, New Hartford, Holland Patent and Old Forge were vying for the title Miss Central Adirondacks, the accompanying scholarship and other prizes and the opportunity to compete for the Miss New York and Miss America titles. Five judges would select the titleholder and runners-up at the Miss Central Adirondacks Pageant in Old Forge.

From Rome were Marie-Frances Baynes, Elaine Simington and Judith Shy. The three Clinton girls, all sponsored by the Clinton Chambers of Commerce, were Diane Seufert, Jane MacLeod and Victoria Hatch. Sponsored by Tracey's Camera Shop of Utica was Pamela Jo Ford, Linda Humphrey, Diane Kessler and Gretchen Schmuck.

Gretchen was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Schmuck of Old Forge. She was a sophomore at State University College of Oswego. She had studied bass clarinet for six years and listed fencing and judo among her hobbies. In the talent competition she would present an original monologue.

Sponsored by Radio WBRV in Boonville was Shirley Payne. The 12th contestant was Judith Ann Tomasfelli. Each of the 12 girls, in addition to her talent presentation, would appear in evening gown and swim suit competitions.

The evening's program stage settings, orchestration and evening gown and swimsuit competitions were designed around the theme "Dreams For Tomorrow." The new Town of Webb High School Auditorium, being used for the first time for the pageant, could seat 800 persons. A special section was reserved for pageant patrons and the balance to the public for $1.75 each.

The Girl Scouts of Troop 257, Inlet, would conduct a paperback book collection for veterans in hospitals. Donations could be given to any one of the Girl Scouts. All books were graciously accepted.

All Girl Scouts would march in the Memorial Day Parade to be held in Wells. Peter Kalil had volunteered his bus so all the scouts could go together. A nosebag lunch would be taken.

The following were recent donations to the American Legion Ambulance Fund in Inlet in memory of Charles Strong: Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Clark, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Meneilly, Mr. and Mrs. James Murphy, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Merlau, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Carpenter, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hodel, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Burth, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Chambers, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Dodd, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Baerman, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Payne, Mr. and Mrs. James Abusia, Mr. and Mrs. Marcel Fortin, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Murdock, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Rudd, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Schwartz, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Fowler, Miss Marjorie Wood, Mrs. Mabel Smith, Mrs. Edith Kopp, Mr. Harold Tatro, Mr. Mike Hesseny, Mr. Chuck Pierce, Mr. William Miller, Mr. Ike Blair, Mr. Tony Harper, Mr. Frank Teich, Mr. Ed Brown and Mr. James Meneilly.

Wilson Tyler, long-time manager of the Inlet Country Club, tendered his resignation at the spring meeting of the club's Board of Directors. The board complimented Mr. Tyler for his devoted and progressive service throughout the years.


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