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The way things were by Anne Weaver

Wednesday, October 03, 2012 - Updated: 7:30 AM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF OCT. 3, 1963, Gov. Nelson Rockefeller had the previous week proclaimed the week of Sept. 29 as “Keep New York Green Week” in a move to curb forest fire during the coming fall fire season. The week was part of a continuing forest fire prevention campaign sponsored by the Empire State Forest Products Association, an organization of forest industries and other private woodland owners growing trees as a crop on nearly a million acres of land in the state.

Robert J. Hampson of Newcomb, chairman of the Keep New York Green Committee, said the forest fire threat reaches a peak in the early months of fall. “The woods,” he declared, “will soon be full of dead, dry leaves ready to serve as kindling for a roaring fire from a spark.”

In addition, millions of hunters would be afield, adding to the danger. The Keep Green leader asked hunters, especially, but also hikers, loggers, motorists or anyone around the woods to be especially careful discarding matches and smokes and in handling fire in any form.

The woodland owner is not the only one who loses when timber burns, every citizen loses, Mr. Hampson pointed out. “All residents of New York should realize that forest fires jeopardize water supplies, timber resources, hunting, scenic beauty, fishing and soil conservation, all of which are vital to our prosperity and well-being.

“Besides, tax dollars pay the cost of the hot, dirty job of putting out forest fires. Let’s all do our part to lower these costs by being careful with fire and helping to Keep New York Green.”

Lt. Gov. Malcolm Wilson would be the main speaker at the Adirondack Park Association’s annual dinner at the Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls. President Arthur L. Bensen announced the program committee, under the direction of Joe Fiore, had prepared a full schedule for the day.

At HAMILTON COUNTY, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors authorized Civil Defense Director Frank Parker to purchase 12 300-foot rolls of canvass. An official map of 24 county roads, as surveyed by the state, was accepted.

The roads were: South Shore Road, Inlet, .95 miles; Raquette Lake Road, Long Lake, .42; North Point Road, Long Lake, Arietta, 5.36, 6.18; Big Brook Road, Indian Lake, 8.06; Lake Road, Wells, 2.47; Benson Road, Benson, 6.69; Hope Falls Road, Hope, 5.83; Griffen Road, Wells, 3.80; Lake Drive, Indian Lake, .92; Sabattis Road, Long Lake, 8.26; Circle Road, Long Lake, 6.04; Lake Shore Road, Lake Pleasant, 3.47; Cedar River Road, Indian Lake, 7.11; Seventh Lake Road, Inlet, .52; Limekiln Road, Inlet, 2.07; Gilmantown Road, Wells, 2.36; French Road, Morehouse, 4; Chamberlain Road, Indian Lake, 2.20; Durant Road, Indian Lake, 1.05; Forked Lake Road, Arietta, 1.79; Hardscrabble Road, Hope, 1.06; Higgins Bay Road, Arietta, 1.33; Piseco Lake Road, Arietta, 8.02; and Bennett Road, Hope, .98.

The supervisors recorded their opposition to an order by the Conservation Department, effective Oct. 1, limiting the use of gasoline-powered vehicles in the Forest Preserve.

State Comptroller Arthur Levitt had announced the distribution of monies for October to the 65 public welfare districts in the state. These monies represented the federal and state share of anticipated welfare expenditures by the localities. Hamilton County received $3,000.

At INDIAN LAKE, Army Pvt. Lawrence T. Virgil, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Erwin E. Virgil, Indian Lake, completed a 10-week topographic surveying course at the Engineer Center at Fort Belvoir, Va. During the course Virgil received instruction in methods of establishing ground control data for military photogrammetric mapping and artillery purposes.

He entered the Army in April 1963 and completed basic training at Fort Dix, N.J. He is a 1961 graduate of Indian Lake Central School and a 1963 graduate of New York State Ranger School in Wanakena.

At INLET, a Memorial Mass for department members of the Central Adirondack Council, Knights of Columbus, would be held at St. Anthony’s Church, Inlet. The mass would be celebrated by the Rev. Jude Schmeider, chaplain of the local K of C.

Following the Mass there would be a dinner at Albedor Lodge. All K of C members planning to attend had to contact Grand Knight Mike LaBuz or the chairman of the project, Robert Gaudin, for reservations.

The Town of Inlet had sold bonds totaling $122,101,000 and bearing interest at 3.5 percent to Adams, McEntee & Co. Inc., New York City. The proceeds would go toward the payment for the hotel property that the town had purchased during the summer for recreational purposes.

At WELLS, Marine Captain Edward C. Hertberg, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Hertberg, Wells, had recently become a qualified helicopter pilot at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station near Irvine, Calif. The training ended Aug. 30 and was conducted by Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron of Marine Aircraft Group 362.

He was serving in a squadron of Marine Aircraft Group 36, part of the Marine Corps’ vertical envelopment team. Helicopters are used by the Marine Corps to transport combat troops behind enemy lines during invasions or jungle warfare. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, Hertberg entered the service in August 1952.

The Annual Dinner and Meeting of the Hamilton County Chapter of the American Red Cross would be held at Overrock Inn, Wells. Everyone was invited.

     

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