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The Way Things Were 12/11/2013 By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - Updated: 8:29 AM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF DEC. 11, 1964, At HAMILTON COUNTY, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on the 1965 Tentative Budget in the Court House. No one appeared in favor of or against it.

In other business, Mende Shulman, publicity director of the Central Adirondack Association, appeared and explained his program as it affected the county. County officials were invited by the Conservation Department to an open house at its new building in Northville. Hamilton County News was designated the official newspaper of the county for the publication of legal notices.

At ARIETTA, James Higgins, operator of a general store in Higgins Bay for 40 years, died unexpectedly Dec. 5. His death was attributed to a coronary thrombosis. He was born in Higgins Bay.

He married Ebba Holeen in 1925 in Quincy, Mass. Mr. Higgins was president of the Piseco Game Club and was Town of Arietta Republican committeeman and a member of Lake Pleasant Methodist Church.

Besides his wife he left a daughter, Mrs. George Page, Poland; four sisters, Miss Margaret Higgins and Mrs. John Warner of Higgins Bay, Mrs. Joseph Adams of Denver, Colo.; and Mrs. W.C. Rudes of Lake Pleasant; and a brother, Richard, Higgins Bay. The funeral was held Dec. 8, with burial in Higgins Bay Cemetery.

At INDIAN LAKE, Parker-Benton Post, Indian Lake, was host to county officers and delegates of the American Legion. Notice was received from the State Department that the Hamilton County Post was second in percentage of quota in the membership drive, up from seventh place last month. Theodore Harwood, Inlet, was county commander.

At INLET, Supervisor Norton Bird, Inlet, announced the town property at the Arrowhead Hotel was now available for meetings, dinners and special programs pertaining to town functions. The town had installed a heating system and at long last the people had a place to congregate and a building to call their own.

Supervisor Bird said the Supervisor's, Assessor's and Justices' offices would be moved to the building. Bird invited local taxpayers to take a trip to the site and see what had been done with their tax dollars.

The Inlet Auxiliary was sponsoring its Seventh Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. The Rev. Francis Edic would open the ceremony with a prayer and the Rev. Livingston Bentley would light the tree.

William Netherton was music chairman assisted by Anthony Cuda. Refreshments would be served in the new fire hall.

The auxiliary was also sponsoring a House Decorating Contest. A ballot would be mailed to each family and the ladies asked each one to cooperate and vote for their choice. Ballot boxes would be at Rudd's Grocery Store, Inlet Hardware, Inlet Texaco Service and Harwood Motors. Three prizes would be given: first, $15; second, $10; third, $5. The auxiliary held this affair to show appreciation for the wonderful cooperation they receive from everyone throughout the year.

The December meeting of Leonard Mick Roberts Unit No. 1402, American Legion Auxiliary was held at the home of Mrs. Lavina Searl. Ten members and one guest were present. Following the opening ceremony, reports were given by the secretary and treasurer.

Three members expressed a desire to attend the Gift Shop at Sunmount. Unit members again voted to send the group's usual monetary donations to its adopted ward at Sunmount to enable the patients to call home at Christmas time.

Two members were delegated to attend a meeting to get a program under way for the children at the Arrowhead property on weekends.

At LAKE PLEASANT, the Oak Mountain Ski Commission at Speculator anticipated record patronage in the coming winter season and had made many new improvements for handling a higher volume of visitors. All-inclusive five-day package tours were being offered by more than 30 hotels and lodges.

Despite a greater number of riders on the three T-bar alpine lifts, the commission expected little waiting because more skiers would ride the longest T-bar to the top in order to use a new novice trail, thus putting less pressure on the other two T-bars.

The expert, intermediate and novice trails had been newly groomed and smoothed and several had been widened. The rope tow on the nursery slope, a necessity for beginners and the smallest skiers, remained in operation.

Parents could entrust their younger offspring to the supervised nursery at nominal cost. A registered nurse was on duty weekends. Oak had a United States Eastern Amateur Ski Association-certified ski school, two ski shops, rental service and canteens. Visitors could bring their own lunch baskets to "Hospitality House," a building specially designed with facilities for groups and families.

All visitors could use the skating rink, which was illuminated at night. Oak Mountain had not increased its lift fees in over 10 years, asking $3 for a lift ticket good all day, five days a week and $4 on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Tickets for younger skiers and for the rope tow were $2 every day.

Even lower prices were available to ski clubs, schools, other organizations and bus tours. There were over 35 hotels, motels and lodges within five miles of Speculator offering American and European plans and both.


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