The Way Things Were -- 03/19/2014
By Anne Weaver

ABOUT THE WEEK OF MARCH 19, 1965, At HAMILTON COUNTY, state Comptroller Arthur Levitt announced the distribution of monies of motor vehicle tax receipts to the counties of the state for the three months ending Dec. 31. The money was earmarked for county roads. Hamilton County received $2,551. In the like period in 1964 its share was $1,893.

According to figures recently released by the NYS Conservation Department, of the 469 black bears killed during the 1964 hunting season 106 were taken in Hamilton County. Hamilton County had the highest bear kill.

Big game hunters in New York harvested 59,872 whitetail deer during the regular 1964 season and added 884 more to the tally during three special post-season hunts, according to records released by the Conservation Department. The regular season kill included 34,724 bucks, 582 deer taken by bow and arrow and 24,566 deer of both sexes taken under party permits.

Adding the 884 post-season harvests, the total (60,756) was about 3,000 short of the 1963 deer take. A total of 2,916 deer were taken in Hamilton County; 1,431 adult males, 239 male fawns, 1,020 adult females and 226 female fawns. In Herkimer County 1,300 deer were taken; 871adult males, 69 male fawns, 295 adult females and 65 female fawns.

At INLET, Inlet Junior Girl Scout Troop 257 entertained the Junior Troop of Old Forge and Brownie Troop 583 of Inlet. The Blue Birds, Nancyann Waldron, Sharon Payne, Deborah Brigham, Kathleen Thibado and Mary Catherine Dunay had charge of the party. Adult guests were Mrs. Bess Folsom, Mrs. Mary Greene and Miss Mary Denio, Old Forge leaders; Mrs. George Fuge, Raquette Lake; and Mrs. Marge Thibado, Mrs. Deloris Payne and Miss Nancy Dunay, Inlet leaders.

Evelyn and Gordon Rudd donated an electric roaster to St. Anthony's Altar Society to be used in Community Hall. Hostesses for the society's May meeting would be Lois Beauchamp and Doris Marleau.

The Board of Directors of the Central Adirondack Association met at Old Forge. Members attending were Mrs. Marlan Blake, A.R. Cohen, John Leach, Frank Reed, A.H. Wilcox, John Foley, Joseph Uzdavinis, John Roberts and Mende Shulman, all of Old Forge; John Collins and Maurice Callahan, Blue Mountain Lake; Max Golde, Indian Lake; William Dunay, Inlet; and James Evans, Eagle Bay. One visitor, Charles Kiefer, sat in.

In the absence of President Leo Westfall, Joseph Uzdavinis, president pro-tem, conducted the meeting. One of the topics was the possibility of having a special issue stamp commemorating the New York State Forest Preserve. Frank Reed stated "Preserve" should be deleted and just "New York State Forest" be commemorated. A letter had been sent to the postmaster general regarding the stamp.

Riley Johnson celebrated his 87th birthday St. Patrick's Day. Mrs. Norton Bird returned from a Utica Hospital where she had been for several weeks.

The March meeting of Inlet-Eagle Bay Cub Scouts was held following a Pancake Supper. The Color Guard for the evening was David Thibado, Alan Cunningham, Patrick Payne and David Gribneau. Master of Ceremonies Jim Evans awarded several badges.

Harry Havens of Fort Stanwix Council of Rome awarded the new charter to the Very Rev. Frances Edic, who accepted on behalf of St. Anthony's Church and the Eagle Bay Vol. Hose Co. Aux., the sponsoring organizations.

Mr. Havens also awarded the Fort Stanwix Council Derby Race trophy to Pack 60. David Thibado of Inlet won the race held for the council at Vernon-Verona High School in February, thus bringing the trophy back to Pack 60.

The Cub Scouts extended special thanks to Ted Payne for the trophies; Dick Payne, Charles Thibado, Skip Ponder and Ted Payne, chief cooks for the Pancake Supper; the Cadet Girl Scouts of Troop 584, Inlet, who waitressed, and all the families and friends of the scouts who donated food and time.

At LAKE PLEASANT, Airman Ernest L. Bernier, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest J. Bernier, Lake Pleasant, had completed Air Force basic military training at Lackland AFB, Texas. Airman Bernier had been selected for technical training at the Air Training Command School at Chanuta AFB, Ill. His new unit was a part of the vast ATC system that trained airmen and officers in the diverse skills required by the nation's aerospace force. The airman was a 1964 graduate of Wells Central School.

At RAQUETTE LAKE, state Superintendent of Public Works J. Burch McMorran announced sealed bids would be opened in April for 30 highway projects and two canal jobs. The highway projects involved construction, reconstruction or other improvements along approximately 169 miles of roads in 26 counties.

Among the projects was resurfacing of 7.09 miles of Route 28 in the vicinity of Raquette Lake, from a point near Eighth Lake easterly to a point between the communities of Raquette Lake and Blue Mountain Lake. The 18- to 20-foot wide pavement would be resurfaced with asphalt concrete at an estimated cost of $390,000.

The improvement of this portion of Route 28 was another step in an overall program to make the state highway more desirable to the thousands of tourists who visit the Adirondacks each year. The upper portion of this highway had already been completed, and with this improvement of the Eagle Bay-Inlet portion there remained only a few miles in that section still to be resurfaced.

Note: The Way Things Were is based on the issue of Hamilton County News published the same week 49 years ago.