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The Way Things Were By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - Updated: 6:34 PM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF NOV. 27, 1964, "as North Americans," Editor Clark Osborne wrote, "we have much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving season. Perhaps we are a little bit blasé about the matter and perhaps some of us consider Thanksgiving just another of the many holidays we celebrate in an offhand, casual fashion.

"To some of us it is the football day of the year. To others, it is 'a day off,' a welcome interlude to enjoy a lavish turkey dinner and then laze around the house in slippers and robe.

"It might be wise to think for a moment and realize that this Thanksgiving Day will simply be another 24 hours of gnawing hunger for peoples of many climes. Experts say that by 1970 hundreds of children and adults in Asia, Africa, and Latin America will face slow death by starvation.

"Our three great faiths, Catholics, Protestants and Jews, jointly help feed many millions of undernourished men, women and children in scores of countries overseas. Every Thanksgiving Season, the three faiths unite in a public appeal and urge Catholic, Protestant and Jews to contribute to this vital humanitarian endeavor through their places of worship.

"Once again this newspaper adds its voice to the Religious Overseas Aid appeal and asks everyone to mark their thanksgiving for the abundance of America by helping those across the seas who are not as fortunate."

The first organizational meeting for the directors of the Central Adirondacks Association since the appointment of Mende Shulman as new director of publicity was held at the Albedor Lodge. Members present were Mildred Foley, John Collins, Maurice Callahan, Leo Westfall, Ken McGrath, A.R. Cohen, P.E. Hurley, Frank Rivette, Joe Uzdavinis, George Dunn, John Roberts, Donald Case, Norton Bird, Hans Holl and Len Helmer.

The purpose of the meeting was to straighten out the CAA's financial condition and to plan future projects to increase traffic and business in this area. A letter was introduced by Mr. Shulman that he planned to send to all inquirers as to their finally coming here, where they stayed, where they ate, how they were treated, and any suggestions they might have to offer the organization. The members approved the letter. Travel shows had been eliminated for the present but coverage would be handled by LeRoy Hodge's Trout Stream Tanks in some 20-odd travel shows.

A nominating committee was appointed by President Leo Westfall to prepare a new list of directors for the 1965-66 terms. Also, the committee would prepare a list of new officers to be voted on at the next meeting.

The season's first snowstorm, one of the worst in many years, caught Old Forge and Central Adirondack residents off-guard. Nearly everything was at a standstill here Saturday night and Sunday morning, to say nothing of near zero temperatures that accompanied the storm Sunday night.

Highway crews were called out early to begin clearing up the mess that had every householder nearly snowed in and business places along the main drag in similar condition. Cold weather, light falls of snow and heavy traffic on Route 28 made the highway extremely dangerous.

The season's first blizzard not only caught residents unaware, but many hunters were in the woods or back in camp and it wasn't until late Sunday that many could work their way out. The snowfall was so heavy Saturday night that visibility was near zero and trails and tracks were covered as fast as they were made.

Area residents and weekend visitors began digging out early Monday morning. Driveways had been plugged, cars were snowed in and most of the populace was on foot following the storm. Private snowplows were busy all day Sunday and Monday and snow shovels were busy trying to keep up with the falling snow.

At INLET, Dr. George Herben, a retired physician, had been removed from his isolated Twitchell Lake home to Faxton Hospital, Utica, the previous week, after the doctor's plea for help was picked up on a citizen's radio. Dr. Herben was stricken ill and attempted to contact Barney Barnum, a friend at nearby Big Moose.

Barnum was not home but the message was heard by Mrs. Earl Carman, gatekeeper of Bisby Preserve, and men at Higby Club at Big Moose. Mrs. Carman called the Old Forge ambulance, which was then dispatched to Big Moose.

Another group from the Higby Club drove to the lake, crossed in a boat and picked up Dr. and Mrs. Herben. They were met at the highway by the ambulance. The Herbens were the only year-round residents of Twitchell Lake and were located at the north end, opposite the end nearest the only road.

The only access to their home was by water in summer, across the ice in winter, or by walking around the lake.

The second meeting of the fall season of the American Legion Auxiliary, Leonard Mick Robert's Post No. 1402, was held in November at the home of Mrs. Mary Tiffany. County Chairman Mrs. Virginia Morrison, Wells, and Mrs. Florence Brown, Indian Lake, Indian Lake, were guests of the unit.

Following the regular committee reports, a report was given on the results of the Rummage Sale held in October. The members again voted to sell tickets on a basket of groceries. It was also voted to donate to the Ambulance Fund and to give a cash donation to the Gift Shop at Sunmount in lieu of individual gifts. The next meeting would be held at the home of Mrs. Lavina Searl.


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