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The way things were by Anne Weaver

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - Updated: 8:06 AM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF NOV. 7, 1963, more automobiles were on New York state highways than ever before, the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles said. Motor vehicle registrations issued during the first five months of 1963 exceeded by 149,617 of all types, a rise of 2.9 percent.

In all of 1962 there were 5,583,656 vehicles registered. Passenger cars showed the largest increase, from 4,356,864 to 4,488,554 or 131,690; commercial rose 8,202 and trailers jumped by 6,364. Taxicabs went up by 2,980 and motorcycles by 1,121. There were 32 more ambulances registered.

Conservation Commissioner H.G. Wilm extended most game seasons in the state to compensate for lost hunting opportunity as a result of the recent drought-caused closing of New York’s woodlands. “As a general rule,” the commissioner said, “all seasons have been extended by the number of days lost while the woods and forests were closed.”

Only cottontail rabbit, varying hare and raccoon seasons had not been lengthened, as these seasons normally ran through February and March. Big game hunters in the northern zone “lost” eight days during the woods closure and their season had been extended.

Archers, who were able to get in only three days of their special two-week pre-gunning season hunt, would be given 11 days at the close of the regular northern zone big game season. This marked the first time bow and arrow hunters had a post-season opportunity to hunt deer and bear.

Waterfowl hunters in upstate New York and on Long Island would also have their seasons extended as a result of negotiations with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

At HAMILTON COUNTY, all members were present at the monthly meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors held in the courthouse. County Publicity Director William Wessels reported on accomplishments during 1963. Plans for 1964 included more promotions for early and late season business and for the sale of lots.

Hourly rates for Highway Department employees were to remain unchanged. The board approved $10,000 for snow removal on state roads and $10,000 for county highways for the balance of the year.

At BLUE MT. LAKE, the third edition of “Adirondack Profiles” by William L. Wessels of Blue Mountain Lake was just off the press. The first two editions sold out in less than two years.

In a review in the New York State Conservationist magazine, Roland B. Miller commented, “‘Adirondack Profiles’ is indeed a worthy volume to be added to ... Adirondack bookshelves.” Lowell Thomas in the forward said in part, “Mr. Wessels gives a brilliant portrait of the New York’s fabulous mountains, past and present, as he sketches his ‘Adirondack Profiles’.”

The well-illustrated book sold for $3 in paperback and $4 for hardcover. A new book by the author, another Adirondack profile, entitled, “Moses Cohen, Peddler to Capitalist: An Adirondack Pioneer Merchant” would soon be off the press in paperback for $2.

Technical Sergeant Henry M. LaPrairie, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry M. LaPrairie, Blue Mountain Lake, had graduated from the Air Force Logistics Command Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy at McClellan Air Force Base, Calif.

Sgt. LaPrairie was trained in management, leadership, human relations and other duties and responsibilities of senior Air Force non-commissioned officers. He was returning to his permanent unit at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio.

The sergeant, a graduate of Indian Lake School, attended Delhi Technical Institute. His wife, Patricia, was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Johnson of Mobile, Ala.

At INLET, the Inlet Firemen’s Auxiliary met at Mrs. Peters home. After the business meeting refreshments were served by the hostess and Mrs. Kalil. Mrs. Nancy Dunay won the dark horse.

Plans were made to have the Christmas Tree Lighting and Carol Sing Dec. 15. Refreshments would be served in the fire hall. The first prize would be $15; second, $10 and third, $5.

A Christmas party would be held for members and their husbands Dec. 7. Firemen and their wives were cordially invited.

The holiday season home lighting and decoration contest would be sponsored by the auxiliary, with prizes given after the judging between Christmas and New Years Eve.

The Rev. Donald Milnes would be the speaker at Inlet Community Church Nov. 17. Rev. Milnes came as a candidate preacher. The public was invited.

The Turkey Shoot, sponsored by the Inlet American Legion to raise money for its Ambulance Fund, would be continued Nov. 16 and 17.

At LAKE PLEASANT, William J. Tracy, Speculator, son of County Attorney Charles S. Tracy and a freshman at the University of Florida, Gainesville, had been promoted to Airman 2nd Class in the University’s ROTC.

A graduate of Lake Pleasant Central School and Cardinal Farley Military Academy, Tracy was a lifeguard on the Speculator beach the previous summer.

     

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