The Way Things Were -- 03/26/2014
By Anne Weaver

ABOUT THE WEEK OF MARCH 26, 1965, one couldn't tell it was spring in the Adirondacks without a calendar. For spring, which was only a few days old, got completely crowded out of the picture by a resurgent Old Man Winter who made a return visit and left over a foot of wet, sticky snow plastered o'er hill and dale.

Selecting a lovely and talented young lady to represent Herkimer, Hamilton and Oneida counties in the competition that culminated with the selection of Miss America was the happy assignment of the Central Adirondack Association and the Town of Webb. These two cooperating groups, through the efforts of Publicity Director Mende Shulman, had been franchised by Pageant Inc., sponsor of the Miss New York Pageant, to conduct a local pageant within Herkimer, Hamilton and Oneida counties.

Winner of this local affair would be named Miss Central Adirondacks and would compete in the statewide pageant at Kingston for the title "Miss New York State" and for the accompanying Pepsi-Cola college scholarships. Both the local and state contests were conducted in strict accordance with regulations of the Miss America Pageant held at Atlantic City.

The regulations stated a girl must be between the ages of 18 and 28, be a high school graduate by September 1965, and be neither married, divorced nor have a marriage annulled. The contestant had to possess and display in a maximum time of three minutes a talent presentation of either singing, dancing, playing a musical instrument, dramatic reading, art display, dress designing, creative poetry or writing or similar.

To be eligible for selection as Miss Central Adirondacks the contestant had to have been a resident of the three-county area for the last six months, or be attending a college in this area at the time of the pageant.

The U.S. Savings Bond Division of the Treasury Department had cited the Selective Service System for its outstanding support of the Savings Bond program. The compensated employees of Selective Service in New York had achieved a 100 percent record of participation in the Payroll Savings Plan for Savings Bonds.

The citation to Local Board No. 40 was presented by Mr. Atlee P. Warner, the local board auditor, and accepted by Mrs. Natalie Williams for Local Board 40. The citation by the Treasury Department, signed by Secretary of the Treasury Douglas Dillon and NYS Director of Selective Service Colonel W.H. Boughton, was made, "In recognition of patriotic service in strengthening the Nation and its citizens through the United States Saving Bonds Program."

At ARIETTA, Assemblyman Glenn Harris reported his bill had been passed in the Assembly. The bill was an amendment to the NYS Constitution and, if passed by the Senate, would be on the ballot in the 1965 Fall Election. It was to grant the exchange of 28 acres of state owned land for 30 acres of Town of Arietta land for the expansion of the Piseco airport. This had been recommended by the FAA and the New York State Bureau of Aviation.

Assemblyman Harris had introduced a bill to amend the public health law in relation to requiring health examinations for all persons employed in preparing or serving food in public eating places. Another Harris bill would authorize town boards to regulate the use of aircrafts on lakes within their townships.

Another bill specified that in the event at least 60 percent of the officials, officers and employees of the town presented a petition to the town board requesting membership in the State Retirement System, their participation therein could be approved in the manner provided. Harris reported he had received over 1,200 letters protesting doubling auto registration fees and the increase on the gasoline tax, and he assured readers he did not favor the proposal to double these fees.

At INLET, Adelaide Gribneau, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Gribneau, Inlet, was the winner of a Class A Regents Nursing Scholarship. She was also an alternate for a regular Regents Scholarship. Beverly Chambers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Chambers, had won a Class B Nursing Scholarship. Thomas Thibado, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Thibado, was an alternate for a regular Regents Scholarship.

The Elks Club in New Hartford was the setting for a meeting of the Adirondack-Mohawk Regional Development Alliance. Supervisor Len Helmer and Publicity Director Mende Shulman sat in representing the Town of Webb and the Central Adirondack Association. Federal and state officials said at this gathering there was no possibility of a proposed "Nu-way" between Binghamton and Ogdensburg being included in the federal interstate highway program for a long time to come.

Robert W. Sweet, chief engineer of the State Public Works Dept., said the state was not planning a new highway between Utica to Interstate 81 at Cortland and a connection from Cortland to Ithaca. At Cortland Interstate 81 in with Route 11, which runs north and south between Cortland and Binghamton.

Alliance members had sought to have the route included in the interstate program because 90 percent of the cost of such projects was paid with federal tax money.

At WELLS, the St. Patrick's Day card party put on by St. Ann's Altar Society at Community Hall was a successful and enjoyable event. Mrs. Hazel Tnouin, Hope, won the door prize and Loren Bentley, Northville, won the transistor. Prizes were awarded to the high scorers at each table.

Mrs. Charles (Betty) Wight sold homemade articles and Mrs. Sanford Morrison was in charge of the Penny Sale table. The chairman, Mrs. Ray Kindle, with her committee of Mrs. Edgar Beaudin, Mrs. Frank Parker, Mrs. Kenneth Sherwood and Mrs. John Orr Jr., had charge of decorations, music and refreshments.