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The Way Things Were By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, December 04, 2013 - Updated: 7:57 PM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF DEC. 4, 1964, the already over-taxed New York state motorist would resist strenuously any move to increase the state's $.06 a gallon gasoline tax, according to Daniel B. Clark, chairman of the Eastern Region Committee of New York State Petroleum Council. Clark made the statement before a meeting of the committee held at the Tarrytown Inn.

The Eastern Region Committee was made up of local oilmen from 14 counties in and around metropolitan New York City. "With state and federal gasoline taxes, the motorist now pays a .50 percent sales tax every time he buys a gallon of gasoline. This is five times as much as he buys on fur, jewelry and other luxury items. On top of this, add local sale taxes, and the percentage is much higher," Clark said.

Referring to recent news stories that a gasoline tax increase might be sought to help make up the revenue deficit in the proposed state budget, Clark said, "Gasoline taxes are supposedly paid for highways and not for General Fund expenditures. Any new gas tax will not be for more highways but rather to bail the state out of its present fiscal difficulty; certainly this is not the responsibility of the motorist who is already paying more than his fair share."

NYS Department of Motor Vehicles "brownies" were getting a new uniform and a new nickname. The familiar brown uniforms, used for more than 40 years by the men who gave driver license road tests, were being replaced by smart new uniforms of light blue, DMV Commissioner W.S. Hults announced.

In addition, they were being designated as "Motor Vehicle Safety Inspectors" or simply "Inspectors." The new uniforms would make their first appearance about Oct. 1, when all 145 of the men would receive them. It would be the first change in the uniforms since 1924, when the corps was organized with the establishment of a Bureau of Motor Vehicles within the state Department of Taxation and Finance.

Each man would wear matching shirt and trousers of light metallic blue with a dark blue necktie. A gold stripe would adorn the outside seams of the trouser legs and a DMV shoulder patch would be attached to the shirts.

An officer-type cap would be worn by all. In colder weather, inspectors would wear Eisenhower-type jackets and supervisors would have tunics or blouses. All would have fingertip overcoats for winter.

Munson Williams Proctor Institute invited artists living within 100 miles of Utica to submit work created within the past five years for the 28th Annual Exhibition, Artists of Central New York, to be held at the Museum of Art, Utica. Two works could be submitted by each artist, in painting, graphic arts or drawing. Three prizes of $100 would be awarded for outstanding work in any medium in the show.

At HAMILTON COUNTY, NYS Comptroller Arthur Levitt announced on Dec. 1 the distribution of monies to the 65 public welfare districts in the state. The money represented approximately 80 percent of the federal and state share of anticipated welfare expenditures by the localities. Hamilton County received $2,530.

At BLUE MOUNTAIN, Airman Michael G. Jacobs, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Jacobs, Blue Mt. Lake, had completed the first phase of his Air Force basic military training at Lockland Air Force Base. Jacobs had been selected for technical training as a communications / electronics specialist at the Air Training Command School at Keesler AFB, Miss.

His new unit was part of the vast ATC system that trained airmen and officers in the diverse skills required by the nation's aerospace force. The airman, a graduate of Indian Lake School, attended Clarkson College.

At INLET, after a mild and sunny weekend in the Central Adirondacks, which made it a pleasant Thanksgiving holiday, Old King Winter ran his icy fingers up and down the state, dropping temperatures to as low as two below zero. The 17-inch snowfall recorded Nov. 21 and 22 was melted down the drain when a heavy rain washed over the area.

Thanksgiving Day it was foggy with a few showers and there was a little more rain on Friday before the skies cleared. Only a few patches of snow remained where it had been plowed or shoveled into large banks.

A drop in temperature Monday and light snow flurries early in the evening covered the ground with a new coat of white. The forecast called for continued cold throughout the rest of the week, with some snow predicted before Saturday.

Fire completely demolished the Adirondack Seaplane operations hut on Fourth Lake at Eagle Bay. A fire had been built in the hut earlier in the day and neighbors saw smoke coming from the building and turned in the alarm. Lost in the fire were hundreds of dollars worth of tools, plane parts, radio equipment and other materials used in connection with Bud Windhauser's Adirondack Airlines.

Lighting of the Inlet Community Christmas Tree would be held Dec. 13 with refreshments in the new fire hall afterwards.

At WELLS, Willard A. Cole, aviation boatswain's mate third class, U.S. Navy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Cole, Wells, was serving aboard the attack aircraft carrier USS Constellation, operating out of San Francisco. Constellation, one of the Navy's mobile floating airbases, provided fuel, maintenance and supplies for more than 80 aircraft of assorted types and sizes.

The ship was manned by more than 4,000 men and could operate continuously for months at a time, covering 600 miles a day with speeds up to 40 miles per hour.


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