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The Way Things Were By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - Updated: 1:31 PM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF SEPT. 18, 1964, the forests would soon be approaching the season of maximum color when a great display of varied hues is evident on every mountain and hillside as one travels the Adirondack lakes or views the scene from an airplane while flying over the area. Many travelers bring their cameras along on Adirondack trips to capture the bright reds, brilliant yellows and deep greens that help make the color photograph or movies a thing of great beauty.

As one looks upon these autumn scenes from the highway, an Adirondack lake or an airplane, he is bound to rephrase an expression from the ancient psalms in terms like these, "The mountains declare the glory of God, the forest showeth His handiwork day unto day ..." The autumn season varies from year to year, both in the time and the intensity of maximum color. Ordinarily the peak continues for about a week and occurs sometime between Sept. 20 and the first week of October.

Already many of the maples were changing color, and no frost had been observed in the area. From a preview of these turning maples it appeared 1964 would be one of brilliant colors.

Motel and hotel rates were reduced for the "off-season" vacationers. Several Fourth Lake and other hotels were offering special package deals for the fall.

McCauley Mountain's chairlift was being operated so visitors could ride to the top of the mountain and view the countryside. Boat trips along the Fulton Chain of Lakes were still available for sightseers and camera fans and several seaplane services were standing by to let the visitor view the magnificent panorama from the air.

The state Conservation Department wanted to know when anyone spotted a whitetail sporting a brightly colored plastic streamer. This was not a check of wayward delegates to a wildlife convention or a survey of the latest in animal fashions, but part of a study to determine how far deer travel during the warm months.

Conservation Department biologists had trapped several deer the previous winter, attached plastic streamers to their ears and released them. Since then, the department had been trying to keep tabs on the tagged animals to plot distances deer travel when not hampered by snow and cold weather.

Reports that had trickled in so far indicated a freely ranging deer would travel up to 40 miles from its home area. Information on the tagging operation had been received mostly from interested persons who spotted a deer with streamers while driving or hiking.

At INLET, Mrs. Winifred VanArnum Cameron of Florida, formerly of Inlet, and Chester Putnam Jr., Amber, N.Y., married Aug. 29 in St. John's Episcopal Church, Marcellus. The couple was attended by his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Rex Amidon of Amber. Immediately following the ceremony, a dinner was held at The Maples in Pompey. Mr. and Mrs. Putnam would reside in Amber.

Nearly 50 golfers had registered for the first annual New York State American Legion Golf Tournament at the Thendara Golf Course, sponsored by Covey-Pashley Post 893, American Legion, Old Forge. The tournament was open only to paid-up NYS Legionnaires, amateurs only. Prizes consisted of trophies and merchandise awarded for championship, winner, runner-up and third in Classes A, B and C. Other merchandise prizes would be awarded if funds permitted. Special events included a driving and hole-in-one contest. If there was sufficient interest, a women's tourney would be held in Inlet.

The Gaiety Theatre, Inlet, would be the site of a benefit show, proceeds to be turned over to the Town of Webb Scholarship Fund. Mende Shulman, proprietor, said the show would be "Island of the Blue Dolphin." The National Screen Council members recently voted Universal's "Island of the Blue Dolphin" the August Box Office Blue Ribbon Award.

George W. Loomis, chairman of the Inlet Board of Assessors, died Sept. 15, 1964. Dr. J.H. Foote, Hamilton County coroner, said death was due to natural causes.

Mr. Loomis was born in Denver, Colo. He operated the Loomis Theatre in Frankfort for many years before opening the Loomis Restaurant in Inlet. He had been a painter since 1946.

Mr. Loomis was a member of Northwoods Lodge Free & Accepted Masons. He married Marjorie Tisdale in Frankfort. Besides his wife, he left two sisters, Mrs. Violet Arnold and Mrs. Gertrude Service, both of Utica; and a brother, William, of Oriskany. The funeral and burial were in Frankfort.

Gaiety Theatre announced the following movie: Alfred Hitchcock's "Marnie" with Tippi Hedron and Sean Connery.

At LAKE PLEASANT, Hanson A. Slack, yeoman first class, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alvah Slack, Lake Pleasant, was a crewmember of the auxiliary submarine USS Albacore, undergoing overhaul in Portsmouth Naval Yard. She was being equipped to increase her combat readiness. The Albacore was equipped with a special fish-shaped hull which had proven so successful that it had been incorporated into use in the building of nuclear powered submarines.


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