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The way things were by Anne Weaver

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - Updated: 8:01 AM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF OCT. 31, 1963, state Comptroller Arthur Levitt had announced the distribution of monies for November 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.

The New York State Liquor Authority had announced that on Election Day, Nov. 5, 1963, the sale of liquor, wine and beer for on-premises consumption was prohibited throughout the state during the hours when the polls were open. A statewide prohibition also prevailed against the sale of liquor and wine for off-premises consumption during these hours.

Proposed regulations to forbid the use of bald or otherwise unsafe automobile tires on state highways would be aired at a hearing in New York City. The hearing, to which the public was invited along with representatives of the tire industry and motorists, was scheduled with Motor Vehicle Commissioner William S. Hults presiding.

The law would make it unlawful to operate a motor vehicle or trailer on the public highways unless equipped with tires in safe condition. It also authorized police to make on-the-road spot inspections to determine possible violations.

It directed the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to develop regulations containing safety specifications. Sale of regrooved or recut tires had already been outlawed by an amendment to the General Business Law effective Oct. 1.

This did not apply to retreading or recapping, or to commercial vehicle tires that were resigned and confiscated to permit such recutting.

Concentrations of DDT, a commonly used insecticide, had reached the point in certain lake trout waters under study by the state Conservation Department as to adversely affect lake trout reproduction, Conservation Commissioner Harold G. Wilm said.

As the consequence, the commissioner said the department would discontinue the use of DDT in its forest pest control programs in watersheds inhabited by lake trout, and discontinue its use for the control of black flies and mosquitoes at state campsites in these watershed areas.

A study revealed that DDT is accumulating in the fatty tissues of lake trout, including its eggs, causing serious mortality in young fry. Essential pest programs in these watersheds would be continued through the use of other pesticides already on the market, which were known to disintegrate much more quickly than DDT.

The regular monthly meeting of the Hamilton County C-Bers was held recently at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Erwin L. Page, Speculator. Anyone in the county with a citizens band radio license was welcome to join the club.

The club was formed to be of service in any emergency for communication purposes. In the year since its formation it had helped in a number of emergencies. The next meeting would be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Weaver, Lake Pleasant.

New officers were elected for the 1964 season of the Adirondack Attractions Association at its annual meeting held in Warrensburg recently. Arto Monaco of the Land of Make Believe, Upper Jay, was elected president of the group that was formed several years ago to promote and encourage tourism in the Adirondack area.

Monaco succeeded Joseph Uzdavinis of the Enchanted Forest, Old Forge, who had been head of the group for two years. Tentative plans for the 1964 promotion program were discussed at the meeting, including participation in eight travel shows and an expanded promotional program design to attract World Fair visitors to the Adirondacks for a leisurely vacation in addition to non-fair customers.

Also elected was Edwin Ovensen (Frontier Town, North Hudson) as executive vice president. Three vice presidents were named: Richard Botsford (Champlain Ferries, Burlington, Vt.), John King (Adirondack Mountain Authority) and Joseph Uzdavinis.

First president of the association was Harold Fortune of North Pole; Phillip Baber of Ausable Chasm was second president.

The Tri-County Teachers Association of Warren, Saratoga, Washington and Hamilton Counties would be host Nov. 6 to all area presidents of local teachers’ associations, delegates to the New York State Teachers Association House of Delegates and members of the Tri-County Steering Committee at a Delegates Orientation dinner meeting at the Blue Sky Restaurant in Glens Falls.

At INLET, Brownie Troop 583 held a fly-up ceremony and birthday party. Seven Brownies flew up to Junior Girl Scout. They received their wings from leader Mrs. Sidney Payne and were greeted by leaders Mrs. Alfred Thibado and Miss Nancy Dunay.

Both troops celebrated the birthday of Juliette Lowe, the founder of Girl Scouts. New Junior Scouts were Deborah Brigham, Patricia Houck, Mary Catherine Dunay, Deborah Payne, Jeannie Murphy, Ellen Ponder, Jeannie Ponder and Kathleen Thibado.

The Turkey Shoot sponsored by Post 1402, American Legion, had been postponed to the first weekend of hunting season, due to the closing of the woods. The shoot was for the benefit of the Ambulance Fund and would take place in Fern Park.

Harold W. Norris, 58, Inlet, died Oct. 25, 1963. Funeral services were conducted Oct. 28 by the Rev. Livingston Bentley from the Church of the Lakes. He was survived by two sons, Harold E. Norris, Raquette Lake, and William of Apopka, Fla.; a daughter, Mrs. Raymond Maxwell, Marietta, Ga.; and 13 grandchildren. He was the brother-in-law of Mrs. Norton Bird.

The annual Halloween Parade and Party sponsored by the Inlet PTC was held Wednesday night. Following were the winners for costumes: Prettiest - Linda Fortin; Most Original - Alan Cunningham; Funniest - Kathleen Thibado; Spookiest - Mary Catherine Dunay; Pumpkin Contest - Mary Payne, Jill Pnder, Laureena Payne, Alan Cunningham, Clifford Payne, Joan Payne.

The judges were the Rev. Francis Edic, Mrs. Ralph Colonton and Prof. Frederick Raab. Also parading were “The Three Bears” (Sharon, Joan and Connie Payne) and “Pocahontas and Her Little Brother” (Kim and Mark Burwell).

Mr. and Mrs. James Evans Sr., Eagle Bay, welcomed a daughter Oct. 28, 1963, Sarah Jeannette, 6 lbs., 9 oz. in a Syracuse hospital. The Evans had two sons.

Robert L. Cole, Chief Petty Officer with the U.S. Navy who just recently returned from a seven-month cruise in the Pacific, visited his grandmother, Mrs. Nettie Gruebnau in Inlet, recently.

At WELLS, Frank Parker, Wells, Hamilton County Civil Defense official, attended a conference for local civil defense officials in Albany to discuss new emergency broadcasting procedures and other recent civil defense developments.

Lt. General Manuel J. Asensio, newly appointed director, stated in announcing the meeting that “Effective civil defense begins at the local level. For this reason we are holding the conference to keep local civil defense directors fully informed on current federal and state developments affecting their responsibilities.”


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