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The Way Things Were By Anne Weaver

Saturday, May 18, 2013 - Updated: 10:59 PM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF MAY 22, 1964, babies in the woods should be left there. Hikers and sightseers were cautioned by the state Conservation Department against picking up and taking home baby wild animals they may find in the woods and open fields.

Animalnapping runs high in May and June, the department said, and it was a misdemeanor to capture or harbor wild animals. In addition, it could be dangerous. Supervising Wildlife Biologist C. William Severinghaus pointed out that with deer, a wide-eyed fawn may make an appealing pet, but it soon grows to an adult that is unpredictable and many cause harm to youngsters.

Even though a young deer will not have antlers, he said, it can do damage butting or striking playfully with its sharp hooves. Most baby animals found in the woods are not orphans. Nature's babysitting service is one of concealment and a mother will hide her young while she looks for food.

In the case of rabbits, Severinghaus said, the doe will visit her litter only twice a day to feed her young and to see how they're doing. Until the young are weaned and on their own, they remain, for the most part, unattended in or near the nest.

Newborn wild animals are fascinating to watch and photograph but leave them in the wilderness where they belong.

Mrs. Floyd Bashant, Tupper Lake, president of the Ogdensburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, in conjunction with the Diocesan Moderator, Rt. Rev. Msgr. F. Gordon Coseo, had announced final plans for the annual DCCW Spring Convention. DCCW Vice President Mrs. Romeo Proulx, general chairman of the event, was working closely with Mrs. William Perry, the program chairman, and other committee members.

The convention was to be held at Whiteface Inn, Lake Placid. His Excellency Bishop Thomas A. Donellan would celebrate the Dialogue Mass. He had consented to remain for the luncheon. The keynote speaker at the luncheon would be Mrs. Mary Reed Newland, a well-known radio and TV personality. Following the luncheon there would be six workshops conducted simultaneously. One concerned Leadership Training.

A public auction of furs confiscated for violation of New York state's trapping laws would be held in the basement of the state Conservation Department's headquarters in Albany, it was announced. Up for sale to the highest bidder were 345 muskrat furs, 24 beaver skins, five fisher hides and three mink pelts.

The contraband furs were taken by conservation law enforcement officers throughout the state as evidence of illegal trapping. The skins had been held in cold storage pending the auction sale. Receipts from the sale of the furs would be deposited in the Conservation Fund.

At HAMILTON COUNTY, County Clerk Earl Farber had announced the sale of Conservation Department licenses in Hamilton County for April as follows: Resident -- two Hunt and Fish; one Hunt; 185 Fish; five Trap; four Free Fish; Non-Resident -- seven Fish; one trap; two LLC.

At INDIAN LAKE, among orders issued by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles was: prohibit parking of vehicles on the south side of Route 30 from a point 200 feet west of the west edge of the drive to the Point Breeze Motel to a point 200 feet easterly.

At INLET, a newly published fishing map of the Fulton Chain of Lakes was being distributed by the Tourist Information Center, Old Forge. The map clearly defined both private and state lands, fishing waters, access roads, trails, campsites and forest fire control towers.

Printed on the back of the map was a resume of all 1963 fish plantings of the New York State Department of Fisheries with regard to species, size and locations planted. The area covered by the map extended from Otter Lake south on Route 28 and terminated with Limekiln Lake and the village of Inlet, 12 miles north, and included all of Old Forge and the Town of Webb.

Interested sportsmen could obtain one of these maps by writing Pitt Smith, Tourist Information Center, Old Forge. In addition to the fishing map a new brochure entitled, "Things to See and Do in Old Forge and the Central Adirondacks," would be included for the vacationing fisherman.

The fishing season, although legally starting April 1, was somewhat retarded in this area due to the snow and ice still found in the woods and on lakes and rivers. Area guides predicted it would be the last of April before anglers could report any sizeable catches from this region.

The May meeting of Leonard-Mick-Roberts, Unit No. 1402, American Legion Auxiliary, Inlet, was held at the home of Mrs. Grace Harwood. President Mrs. Margaret Chambers announced the county meeting would be held in Wells. The 4th District Spring Conference was scheduled at the American Legion Mountain Camp in Tupper Lake.

Members of the unit again volunteered to conduct the Cancer Drive, starting June 1. A bake sale would be held at the Town Rooms over the post office. President Margaret Chambers appointed her nominating committee to present a slate of officers for the coming year at the next meeting. The June meeting was to be held at the home of Mrs. Henrietta Houck in June.

The Inlet Volunteer Hose Co., at its meeting, awarded the contract for construction of an addition to the fire hall to the low bidder, Alfred Thibado, at a cost of $16,400.

At LAKE PLEASANT, Mrs. Stella King, Speculator, was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Southern Adirondack Library System for a term of five years at the board's annual meeting.

At WELLS, James F. Fuller, Wells, had been rewarded a grant by the Student Association Inc. at the State University Agricultural and Technical Institute at Canton for the school year 1964-65.


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