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The Way Things Were -- 08/27/2014 By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - Updated: 4:59 PM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF AUG. 27, 1965, the Albany Office of Selective Service had notified this newspaper that these men had been called for armed forces physical examinations: Kenneth Tubbs and Norman Reese, Lake Pleasant; George Orr and James Fuller, Wells; and Phillip Joyce, Blue Mountain Lake. Induction Sept. 9 included Walter DeLong, Indian Lake; Willard Frye, Speculator, who volunteered; and William Staley, Hope, enlisted in the Navy.

At INLET, an unusual experiment in camping was being held at the famous Adirondack Woodcraft Camps. All the facilities were being turned over to the New York Section of the Muscular Dystrophy Associations of America for nine days. The MDAA would provide a staff of specially trained men and women to care for some 80 muscular dystrophy patients between 7 and 20 years of age. They would enjoy a fine camp experience.

The boys and girls, in their wheelchairs, would participate in all kinds of activities. Each patient would have a teenage aide to assist. Plans had been completed so these handicapped youngsters could have experiences in such activities as swimming, boating and canoeing, riding, many crafts, shooting and some athletics. One day would be spent at the Enchanted Forest. Evening entertainment would include campfire songs, marshmallow roasts, movies and skits.

Woodcraft would furnish counselors to provide instruction and supervision of the various activities. About 200 campers and staff would be attending this pilot demonstration in camping for handicapped youngsters. Messrs. Rocco Celeste and William Salomone of the MDAA would work closely with Lawrence W. Hunt, assistant director of the Adirondack Woodcraft Camps, to make sure the program was properly implemented.

Lewis T. Puffer, 59, of Rochester, a former Inlet resident and retired employee of the City of Rochester, died Aug. 19, 1965 in a Rochester Hospital. He was born in Allamuchy, N.J. and came to Inlet as a boy. He had moved to Rochester a few years ago. Besides his wife, the former Frederica Kurtz, he left a son, Theodore, New York City; a daughter, Mrs. Claire Santa, Rochester; and four sisters, Mrs. Robert (Mildred) Bonner of Camillus, Mrs. James (Marion) Abusia of Inlet, Mrs. Walter (Gertrude) Merleau of Eagle Bay, and Mrs. Louis (Peggy) Seitz of Princeton, N.J. The funeral was from the Inlet Community Church with the Rev. Roger Best, pastor, officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Old Forge.

Skiers' Landing Water Ski Center, Third Lake, would present a spectacular 20-act Water Ski Show in Old Forge Lake over Labor Day. The show would be the highlight of the Labor Day weekend and will bring to a close a successful season of events by Skiers' Landing.

Gaiety Theatre announced the following movies: Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer, George Sanders, and Herbert Lom in "A Shot in the Night;" Glenn Ford, Henry Fonda, Sue Ane Langdon, Hope Holliday, and Chill Wills in "The Rounders;" "The Secret Invasion" with Stewart Granger, Raf Vallone, Ed Byrnes, Mickey Rooney, and Henry Silva; "The Great Escape" with Steve McQueen, James Garner, and Richard Attenbor'gh; and "What's New Pussycat" with Peter Sellers, Peter O'Toole, and Elke Sommer.

At a candlelight service in Big Moose Chapel, Big Moose, Miss Elizabeth Sterling Osborne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clark Platt Osborne, Third Lake, Old Forge, became the bride of Mr. Phillip March VanDewalker, son of Mr. and the late Mrs. Herman E. VanDewalker of Rome. The Rev. Livingston Bentley, Inlet, officiated in the double ring ceremony. Mrs. John Ditmas, Big Moose, was organist.

Miss Anne Clark Osborne, sister of the bride, was maid of honor. Miss Pamela Gene Eldridge, Old Forge, and Miss Linda Carol Sterling of Blackwood, N.J., a cousin of the bride, were honor attendants.

Mr. Frederick K. Pfeiffer, Rome, was best man. Ushers were Mr. James E. Driscoll, Long Island; Mr. Thorton VanDewalker, Rome, cousin of the groom; and Mr. Lawrence Kratz, Rome. The wedding was followed by a reception at the Wood Hotel, Inlet. Their wedding trip was to the World's Fair and Cape Cod.

The bride was a graduate of the Town of Webb School and a 1965 graduate of SUC Plattsburgh. She was to teach in the Rochester City School System. Mr. VanDewalker was a graduate of Rome Free Academy, served in the Air Force and was employed by Gleason Works, Rochester. The couple would reside in Rochester.

At LAKE PLEASANT, the Youth Commission sponsored by the Town of Lake Pleasant and Village of Speculator and also Lake Pleasant School District had been conducting a Water Front Program this summer at the public beach in Speculator. The attendance for swimming instruction and water ski instruction had been large and many summer residents in the Lake Pleasant - Piseco area had been taking advantage of the extensive program.

Swimming instruction for beginner and intermediate classes through senior lifesaving was provided for over 100 young people and adults. Swimming instructions were given by Water Front Director William J. Tracy and the lifeguard, Miss Alex Urban.

Water ski instruction had been attended by well over 75 members. A Water Ski Show would be sponsored by the Youth Commission at the Speculator Public Beach, which is across the Lake Pleasant outlet from the Osborne Hotel.

There would be special exhibitions of five-man pyramid skiing, two-man pyramid skiing and bare foot skiing and which would include double barefoot exhibitions. The show was under the direction of William J. Tracy of Speculator and Amsterdam and assisting him was Miss Alex Urban of Scarsdale.

     

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