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The Way Things Were 08/28/2013 By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - Updated: 10:56 AM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF AUG. 28, 1964, new lists of educational films that could be borrowed by local organizations were available at local libraries. The collection of films was changed four times each year.

Among those available were films dealing with Youth for Service Organizations; the American racial and civil rights problem; Henry Ford; Villages of Spain; What is Painting?; and White House Story. Available in October: Animals in Autumn; India; Major Religions of the World; Silent Night; and Yucatan.

At INDIAN LAKE, J. Burch McMorran, State Superintendent of Public Works, announced receipt of a low bid of $278,025 from S.A. Scullen Co., Waterford, for resurfacing of Route 30 from Route 28 at Indian Lake southwesterly 7.08 miles along the west shore of Indian Lake to just south of Beaver Brook. Two bids were received.

The 18- to 22-foot wide pavement would be resurfaced with asphalt concrete. Work was expected to begin shortly after a contract was executed. There was usually a lapse of about one month between receipt of bids and contract award.

At INLET, State Police and federal and state authorities congregated at Albedor Lodge, Fourth Lake, when the lodge was threatened to be "blown up" in an anonymous telephone call to Proprietor Hans Holl. Holl received the call from a pay phone booth and turned it over to Kenneth Organski when the male voice asked to speak to Mrs. Maretta Tree, the U.S. representative to the United Nation's Human Rights Committee.

It was Organski who received the actual threat when the anonymous caller threatened to "shoot up or bomb the lodge." Officials were also checking anti-United Nations posters tacked to utility poles in the immediate vicinity.

Albedor had been the scene of a gathering of the Maxwell Institute on the Administration of the Citizenship and Public Affairs of the United Nations sponsored by the Maxwell Graduate School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University. The large attendance had been hearing reports and research papers and seminars.

Skier's Landing Water Ski Center, 3rd Lake, Old Forge, would hold the First Annual Adirondack Aqua Spectacular. The feature event would be the Adirondack novice Water Ski Championships which would be conducted under the Novice Competition Rules of the American Water Ski Association. These rules differed somewhat from the official Competition Rules, with the main exception being reduced boat speeds.

The following age classification divisions would be used: Jr. Boys and Jr. Girls for up to 14 years old; Boys and Girls for 15 to 18 years old; Men and Women for 19 years and up. Also anyone who had placed fifth or above in any American Water Ski Association-sanctioned regular tournament within the last three years would not be eligible to compete in the event in which they placed.

Competition would be held in all three events: Slalom, Jumping and Tricks. The contestants could enter any or all events in their division.

Following the tournament a water skiing exhibition would be presented. The Adirondack Aqua Spectacular was being sponsored and held at Skier's Landing Water Ski Center and the proceeds would go to the establishment of a ski team which would carry the Old Forge name with it while competing throughout the Eastern Region in 1965.

Plans were shaping up for the first annual New York State American Legion Golf Tournament to be held in Old Forge. Numerous entries had been received from as far as Long Island to the east and Buffalo to the west and it was expected that hundreds of legionnaires and their families would converge on Old Forge.

A tournament for the legionnaires would be held on the Thendara course and one for the women at Inlet Country Club.

The Gaiety Theatre announced the following movies: "Good Neighbor Sam" with Dorothy Provine, Edward G. Robinson and Michael Connors; "Seven Days in May" with Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas; Peter Sellers and Elke Sommers in "A Shot in the Night."

Bernard Patrick, 51, of Fifth Lake, a local post office employee, died after a heart attack in his home Aug. 21, 1964. A native of Inlet, he was graduated from Town of Webb High School. He studied for the priesthood.

During World War II he served as an interpreter, as he spoke seven languages. He was a member of St. Anthony's Church and the local post of the American Legion. He left a brother, Arthur, of Evansville, Ind. The funeral was held in St. Anthony's Church, with the Rev. Francis Edic officiating. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery.

At LAKE PLEASANT, the Post Office Department was seeking competitive bids for improved quarters to house its postal operations at Lake Pleasant, Postmaster General John A. Gronouski announced. Under the department's lease program, a contract would be awarded to the bidder who delegated a building and agreed to improve it according to departmental specifications and then lease it to the department for a basic period of five years with three separate and consecutive two-year renewal options.

The department's capital investment would be limited substantially to postal equipment. The building would remain under private ownership, with the owner paying local real estate taxes.

Final state equalization rates based on the 1963 assessment rolls had been established for several municipalities, the NYS Board of Equalization and Assessment announced recently. Among them were Village of Speculator, 32, and Town of Lake Pleasant, 17.

At LONG LAKE, Douglas Parker, fireman apprentice, son of Sheriff and Mrs. Arthur Parker, Long Lake, was scheduled to be graduated from Electrician's Mate School at the Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill. He was studying the repair, maintenance and operation of modern naval electrical equipment.

The curriculum also included the preparation and use of electrical blueprints and wiring diagrams. Great Lakes, the Navy's largest training center, was the headquarters of the Ninth Naval District.


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