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The Way Things Were 08/14/2013 By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - Updated: 2:13 PM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF AUG. 14, 1964, an Oct. 5 opening of the gunning season for grouse, raccoon and squirrel in Upstate New York had been announced by the state Conservation Department. Hamilton was one of the counties where the Oct. 5 start for the state's 500,000 scattergunners would apply also to pheasants, cottontail rabbits and Hungarian partridge.

At BLUE MT. LAKE, The Church of the Transfiguration would have the annual visit of the Girl's Choir from Echo Girls Camp at Raquette Lake. The church is one of the oldest in the Central Adirondacks, having served this area since 1881. The present log church was dedicated by Bishop Doane in 1885.

The rector for August was the Rev. Stephen C. Walke of Winchester, Mass. His wife was the daughter of the late Rev. Sermon-Brown, who was rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd on St. Hubert's Island in Raquette Lake.

The rector was born in Japan, the son of a missionary, and spent some years of his life in China and Japan. He was one of the forceful speakers of the Episcopal Church.

At INLET, the top water ski kite fliers of Mexico, Canada and the United States would vie for the North American Continental Kite Flying Championship at the Mohawk Inn, Boat and Country Club on 4th Lake.

The championships were sponsored by Skiers' Landing Water Ski Center, Third Lake and the Mohawk. They were sanctioned by the American Water Ski Association and the Mexican Water Ski Federation.

Events were the Formal Flight and the Acrobatic Flight with the addition of Slalom in the men's. The Formal Flight was judged on control and overall kite skiing ability. Trophies, merchandise prizes from the continent's leading marine manufacturer and the Skiers' Landing Kite Kup for the North American Overall Champion were the laurels the competitors would be seeking. The competitions would be in two divisions, men's and women's.

Highlighting the championships would be the Opening Ceremonies and presentation of flags from the participating countries. Presenting a flag that had flown over the United States Capitol would be Mrs. Alexander Pirnie, wife of Congressman Pirnie of New Hartford.

A North American All Star Ski Show would also be presented, featuring the competitors displaying their skill at exhibition skiing. The list of competitors read like a who's who of the sport, with many promising newcomers also entering.

Such ski stars as Rollie Bonneau of Brighton, Ontario, Canada, the Canada International and 1963 United States Champion and first winner of the Skiers' Landing Kite Kup; Warner Kyling of Bedford, Quebec, the second place winner in the '63 United States Championships and sixth in the World Championships; Stanley Smith of Witchita, Kan., the fifth place winner in the '64 U. S. National Championships; Bill Bonney of Petersborough, Ontario, third in the '63 U.S. Championships; and George Boyce Jr. of Old Forge, fourth in the '63 U.S. Championships and 10th overall in the '64 U.S. Nationals, would compete.

The NYS Traffic Commission had recently established the speed limit of 40 miles per hour on Route 28, which runs through the Town of Inlet. Meeting in a special session, the Inlet Town Board requested that the limit be reduced to 30 mph or less "due to hazardous traffic conditions created by the higher speed limit." Inlet Supervisor Norton Bird said he had been assured the Commission would send a representative to study the situation.

Capt. Larry McNeil, stationed at Oxnard Air Base in California, had received new orders from the Air Force which called for a two-year stay in Atlanta, Ga. where he would study for his master's degree in engineering at Georgia Tech. When he received his degree he was to go to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs for four years as an instructor.

Larry was a graduate of the Town of Webb Schools and the Military Academy at West Point. Capt. McNeil and his family would leave California in August for his new assignment in Georgia.

The Gaiety Theatre had announced the following movies: Sidney Poitier in "Lilies of the Fields" with Lilia Skala and Stanley Adams; Natalie Wood, Steve McQueen and Edie Adams in "Love With the Proper Strange;" and "Ensign Pulver" with Robert Walker, Burl Ives, Walter Matthau and Tommy Sands.

At RAQUETTE LAKE, between 200 and 300 firemen, forest rangers and volunteers from as far away as Herkimer battled the roaring flames of a forest fire which raged out of control Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 11, and most of the night near the top of Rose Mountain, on the preserve of the Adirondack League Club back of Bisby Lake.

A call went out 6 p.m. Tuesday and the second alarm was sounded a half hour later to get more volunteers. Radio broadcasts appealing for more volunteers brought more men into the area and boys' camps in the area sent others in to help battle the blaze. Flames at one time were more than 20 feet high and by midnight nearly 10 acres of timberland was completely burned over.

Lack of any road to the rugged wilderness area hampered the fire fighters. Volunteers and firefighters were transported across Bisby Lake at two vantage points by boat to reach the scene of the blaze. At one time there was a shortage of boats for transportation and shortwave radios were used to get more craft at the scene.

Among the fire departments responding to the call were Inlet, Eagle Bay, Big Moose and Forestport. Rowboats were used early in the evening until motorboats arrived. Motorboats were prohibited on the lake under ordinary circumstances, and thus most of them had to be hauled to the scene.s


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