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The Way Things Were -- 06/11/2014 By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - Updated: 10:04 PM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF JUNE 11, 1965, a House of Representatives subcommittee, in a report made public recently, accused the late Rachel Carson of "unnecessarily" alarming the public over the dangers of pesticides. It said her bestselling book, "Silent Spring," created an atmosphere of panic, foretelling an impending disaster played by pesticides in the U.S. economy.

Miss Carson, a noted biologist who died in 1964, published her book in 1962. She reviewed the uses of pesticides in the U.S. and concluded they were being applied so indiscriminately as to endanger human beings, wildlife and plant life. The House report said the book is superficially scientific in that it marshals a number of accepted scientific facts, but is unscientific in drawing incorrect conclusions from unrelated facts and making implications that are based on possibilities as yet unproved to be actual facts.

For example, the report said, Miss Carson extended her conclusions to supposed ill effects of minute bits of pesticides on human beings over a long period and this is the major reason her book has been criticized by physicians and scientists. One of Miss Carson's conclusions was that chemical pesticides entering the body over a long period of time, through vegetables and fruits for example, could cause diseases such as cancer. The subcommittee report contended that no one yet knew whether this was so.

The all-new 12th edition of the Thruway-Interstate Highway Guide was available. No need to get lost on highway tours in 1965 if you had a copy of this all-season guide in your car. The completely revised guide had a face-lifted, newly designed four-color travel cover that pictured the traveler's main requirements such as attractions, accommodations and restaurants.

By editorial, pictures and advertising copy, the book guided the traveler from Long Island to Chautauqua, from the Southern Tier to the 1000 Islands, to Vermont, Ontario and New Jersey, from fresh water to salt water, from mountain to valley, from ski resort to summer beach. Winter ski and water ski, plush resorts or campsites in the pines, guided tours or explore on your own, hike or ride, man-made attractions or natural wonders, historic spots or gift shops, antique shops or modern art, World's Fair or county fairs, limited access highways to country roads, ocean beaches to land-locked lakes, mighty rivers to quiet streams, villages to large cities, all were covered in the 1965 Thruway-Interstate Highway Guide.

At HAMILTON COUNTY, all members were present for the monthly meeting of the Board of Supervisors at the Hamilton County Court House in Lake Pleasant. The transfer of funds with the Welfare Department was approved. The Election Committee and clerk were authorized to attend their state meetings.

Sheriff Arthur Parker was authorized to set up three boat patrols to police waters from July 1 until after Labor Day. The Town of Inlet asked the county to build 2,200 feet of sidewalk from The Wood Hotel to Cedar Creek along Route 28.

The county granted New York state a clear title to five acres of land in Wells. A refund for an error in taxes in Long Lake was allowed. Mende Schulman, Inlet, assessor, talked about the assessment of state land.

At INLET, the Adirondack Park Association held its May Board of Directors Meeting and Luncheon at Albedor Lodge in Inlet. Area directors present were Allen Wilcox, Leo Westfall, Roy Higby, Len Helmer and Mende Schulman.

The board set up a committee to pursue the Canadian market for future business. Comments were made that Canadians spent millions of dollars a year on travel. A resolution was passed that the Advertising and Promotion Committee try to implement the advertising and display spaces with the entire state rather than each organization having scattered individual ads or displays.

The possibility of the Barge Canal being given to the federal government was brought up and all chambers were asked to write letters to their assemblymen asking this bill be killed. If the canal were sold to the federal government it would control the waters therein and affect recreational waters here in the Adirondacks.

The two important committees to act over the summer recess were appointed and were as follows. Nominating Committee: Chairman Frank Reed, Hilda Foote from Glens Falls, Grant Fleck from St. Lawrence County and Peter Tumbulls from Essex County. The Annual Meeting Committee: Chairman Roy Gibb, Leo Westfall, Herkimer County, Lilbern Yandon, Essex County, Howard Becker, Fulton County.

Miss Barbara Payne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Payne, Inlet, had been chosen to attend Empire Girls State in June at Albany State University.

At WELLS, the Town of Wells, which had been without the services of a physician since the death of Dr. Lewis Cole in 1964, had a new resident physician. Dr. Reuben P. Alderman, a graduate of the Syracuse University College of Medicine, would be in Wells Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays during June. Starting July 1, he would be the permanent physician and hold office hours in Dr. Cole's former office. He would also render his services in the Town of Hope.

Dr. Elderman was a specialist in eye, ear, nose and throat. During World War II he was chief of the Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat Clinic at Camp Kilmer, N.J. In 1943, he organized and trained a medical detachment at the camp. In 1947 he took a post-graduate course in his specialty at the New York Polyclinic and Medical College.

In 1955 he organized and became chairman of a blood program for 24 Masonic lodges in Onondaga County. A native of Syracuse, he conducted a private practice there until 1962.

Residents of the Wells area had contributed $187 to the Charles C. Dunham Memorial Fund. This was turned over to the widow of the Gloversville patrolman who had died recently in line of duty.


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