The Way Things Were -- 02/26/2014
By Anne Weaver

ABOUT THE WEEK OF FEB. 26, 1965, Assemblyman Glenn H. Harris of Fulton and Hamilton counties had introduced in the state Legislature a bill on state aid to school districts which would permit no school to receive less state aid than that which was provided by the former formula without any adjustment in aid ratio decline.

He had also introduced a bill to provide that under no circumstances, nor for any scientific study or biological research, shall the Conservation Department or its agents or employees take or kill more than six deer of either sex in any one township during any six-month period. Another bill for Fulton and Hamilton counties would suspend all special seasons for the taking of deer of either sex. A fourth bill would prohibit the Party Permit system in Fulton and Hamilton counties.

The Adirondack Deer Forum Association had announced its annual meeting would be held in Tupper Lake. The association was composed of representatives of the New York State Big Game Council, the Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen's' Clubs, and other individual rod and gun clubs.

Activities of the three-day meet would be open to all interested sportsmen, according to Association Chairman E.P. "Shorty" Young. He said 200 or more were expected to attend and that association officials will be "headquartered" in the Iroquois Hotel in Tupper Lake for the first day's registration.

Activities would feature field trips to Cranberry Lake, the forum at the Tupper Lake Fire Hall, and the forum banquet at Riverside Restaurant. Dr. Paul Cramer of Syracuse would be the forum moderator. Dr. Richard J. McNeil, Cornell University would be the principal speaker, giving an illustrated talk on New Zealand wildlife. Carmen Basilio, former boxing champion, would be the toastmaster at the banquet.

At ARIETTA, the Town of Arietta had scheduled construction of 1.5 miles of town road for 1965. The town would spend $10,125, to which the state was to add $3,375 under the its Town Highway Improvement Program. Identical figures were involved in 1964.

At INDIAN LAKE, Indian Lake would have its Winter Carnival, sponsored by the PTA, at the end of February. A town team basketball game was scheduled in the school gym, and snow sculpturing would be done on the school grounds. Saturday would feature an ice skating show at the village rink and slalom and jumping contests. The carnival king and queen would be crowned and awards presented at a dance at the school Saturday night.

At INLET, the Public Service Commission announced its public hearing to consider the petition of New York Central Railroad to discontinue the only remaining passenger service on its 142-mile Adirondack Division extending from Utica to Lake Placid was scheduled for the Town Hall at Saranac Lake in March. The hearing was to have been held in February, but had been postponed at the request of area officials who would be unable to participate because of previous engagements.

In 1961 the PSC authorized the railroad to terminate daytime rail service on the Adirondack Division but ruled that trains 164 and 165, which provided night service, had to be continued. The railroad was seeking a reversal of the order requiring operation of those two trains.

The following resolution was adopted by the Central Adirondack Association and submitted to all the legislators involved in the ultimate accomplishment of this "North-South Nu Way." The Central Adirondack Association Board of Directors had passed a resolution confirming its organization's sentiments regarding highway linkage and better roads connecting the north and south of New York state.

The resolution read as follows: Resolved that the Central Adirondack Association Inc. directs their support to the establishment of improved highway conditions linking communities in the metropolitan areas to the north and south of our state. The pursuance of this ultimate goal will tend to aid in the constant flow of goods and people thereby improving the economic growth and development of the immediate areas involved. A highway such as the one proposed emanating from Binghamton, progressing through Utica, and north to Ogdensburg is seriously needed to make roads more accessible for the people of New York State and those living in the Northeastern portion of the United States to get to the wilderness and recreational regions encompassed in our area. With an exerted effort in the proper direction, the people of New York State can realize this 'North-South Nu-Way' which will become comparable to the now existing Thomas Dewey Thruway connecting the east with the west."

The February meeting of Leonard Mick Roberts Unit No. 1402, American Legion Auxiliary was held at the home of Mrs. Margaret Payne. Eight members were present. Following committee reports, the president, Mrs. Mary Tiffany, read a short article on "Respect for the American Flag." Members present were requesting to write to their representatives opposing the closing of the Veteran's Hospitals and Homes. After the meeting was adjourned a luncheon was served by Mrs. Payne and co-hostess, Mrs. Margaret Chambers. The March meeting would be held at the home of Mrs. Grace Harwood.

The World Day of Prayer service would be observed at Church of the Lakes Friday, March 5. All were invited to attend, both men and women, from Eagle Bay to Raquette Lake. This was a time to share a common faith not only with each other, but with people from all nations.