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The Way Things Were -- 06/04/2014 By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, June 04, 2014 - Updated: 11:40 PM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF JUNE 4, 1965, on the job training for inexperienced and unemployed persons interested in qualifying for employment as assistant cooks and kitchen helpers was being offered both in Utica and Poughkeepsie under the State-Federal Manpower Development and Training Act. Local offices of the New York State Labor Department's Division of Employment were interviewing persons for enrollment in future courses.

At HAMILTON COUNTY, John S. Kathan, county superintendent of highways, entertained state, county and town highway officials at dinner at Melody Lodge, Speculator.

At BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE, the American ambassador to Tunisia and Mrs. Francis H. Russell of Washington, D.C., announced the engagement of their daughter, Miss Alene Julia Russell, to Mr. Adam Marquand Hochschild, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hochschild, Blue Mountain Lake.

Miss Russell was graduated by Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania in 1962. She was a teaching assistant in sociology at the University of California. Mr. Hochschild was graduated by Harvard University in 1963. He was a reporter with the San Francisco Chronicle and in 1976 was a co-founder of Mother Jones magazine. A small family wedding was planned for June.

At INDIAN LAKE, William J. Kattrein Jr. advertised log loading, cranes for rent, John Deere and Case tractors for lease or purchase in Indian Lake.

At INLET, the houselights brightened around 11 p.m. the previous Saturday night at the new Town of Webb School auditorium and the first Miss Central Adirondack Pageant was beautifully and successfully introduced. For the building, it was the grand debut of a much needed community facility. Hundreds of favorable comments were made about its size, lighting, acoustics, decorations and general features. The 450 people there could have been joined by another couple of hundred with no crowding.

For the Miss Central Adirondack Pageant and the many people who worked to present it it was the realization of a dream. In the weeks of preparation there had been many crises; at one point even low murmurs about cancellation. Fortunately, this idea was short-lived. Although it was disappointing to have only 11 contestants, the quality of talent and beauty was exceptional. A striking lovely backdrop, typical of an Adirondack lakeshore, was the setting. Flowers decked the stage, and spotlights lighted the ramp, which extended into the audience.

The judges selected 21-year-old Diane Kessler of Holland Patent to wear the crown and represent Oneida, Herkimer and Hamilton counties at the Miss New York Pageant in Kingston. The first runner-up was Judith Shy, a colonel's daughter from Rome. Second runner-up was Linda Humphrey of Herkimer. Third runner-up was Jane MacLeod of Clinton.

The thousands of visitors to the Central Adirondacks over the weekend were "treated" to one of the region's unique features, unusual weather. The mercury dropped several degrees below freezing both Saturday and Sunday nights. The low for the weekend was a cool 26 degrees.

The Central Adirondack area chalked up one of the best Memorial Day weekends in some years as a constant flow of traffic through the mountains kept hotel, motel, restaurant and roadside stand operators busy from Friday through Monday. Motels for the first time this season were well patronized. Restaurants from Utica on north through the mountains reported good to excellent sales as a result of the holiday travelers. It seemed almost everyone cooperated but the weatherman.

The chilly Adirondack air cut out all activity at public and private beaches. Visitors were kept inside at bars, at the movies, or around camp fireplaces. The woods were near their height of beauty with their fresh greens and bright foliage. Reports from individual operators through the immediate area varied as to the success of the weekend. Some reported an all-time Memorial Day Weekend record while others said it was above average and a few reported "they've seen it better."

Mende Schulman, executive vice president of the Central Adirondack Association, had announced preliminary plans for the annual CAA Spring Banquet. The affair would be held at Rocky Point Inn, Fourth Lake, Inlet, in June. The Spring Banquet program would include a well-known speaker and a short business session followed by dancing.

Gaiety Theatre announced the following movies: "Sex and the Single Girl" with Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Henry Fonda, Lauren Bacall and Mel Ferrer; and "Two on a Guillotine" with Connie Stevens, Dean Jones and Cesar Romero.

At LAKE PLEASANT, J-C Well Drilling Co. advertised drilling in Hamilton County, satisfaction guaranteed, all work done by contract, all plumbing promptly attended to if required, many wells completed in one day and three gallons per minute minimum guarantee. Contact R.L. Turnbull in Speculator.

At RAQUETTE LAKE, Dr. Stephen E. Palmer, Fourth Lake, would preach at the Raquette Lake Chapel service Sunday, June 6, and at the Church of the Lakes, Inlet, later in the day. The Rev. Livingston Bentley, pastor, would return for the services at these two churches June 13.

At WELLS, Ruth Potter, Real Estate, advertised a lovely 8-1/2 room, year-round home with acreage for $17,000 in Wells.


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