The Town of Webb was the pioneer area in an attempt to eradicate the black fly and lengthen the vacation season in the Central Adirondacks. The program met with great success in the months of May and June, when the black flies are most prevalent, and over the years had practically become extinct in the treated areas.
Under the state’s new policy a new insecticide called “Malathion” was recommended to replace DDT. This new chemical had been tested by both private and public agencies and had proven its worth.
The black fly eradication program started every year during the month of April with insecticide block treatments of the various fly-breeding streams and was followed by the aerial spray in the valleys of these streams. The last stage of the program was the fogging from the Tifa power fogging machines along the highway and secondary roads in the area.
For many a New York state boat owner the first harbinger of spring would be the receipt of a 1964 motorboat registration renewal application. James J. O’Brien, director of the Division of Motor Boats in the state Conservation Department, said 116,000 motorboats were due for renewal in 1964, and 12,000 applications had been mailed to boat owners throughout the state this month.
These applications were for boats due for registration renewal in April, the first of the “rush month” for the registration program. An additional 20,000 representing May renewals would soon be sent out.
At HAMILTON COUNTY, Lt. Gen. Manuel Asensio, head of the New York State Civil Defense Commission, spoke to the Board of Supervisors at its regular meeting in April in the courthouse. He said he did not wish to cause alarm but that it is best to be prepared.
He suggested the basement of the courthouse be converted so it could be used as a shelter; and that the board pass the proper resolutions to assure continuity of government. Chairman John Heffernan, Wells, appointed Arthur Parker, Long Lake, Donald Wadsworth, Hope, and John Burgess, Indian Lake, to a committee to study the last suggestion.
County Superintendent of Highways John S. Kathan reported the new rates of pay for employees and vacation benefits. A tax anticipation note in the amount of $60,000 for three months with interest at 3 percent per annum at the Manufacturers National Bank was authorized.
A refund of taxes for erroneous tax assessment in the Town of Wells was allowed. County Judge James D. Curry, Public Health Nurse Beatrice Simons, and the Election Committee, board and clerk were authorized to attend their respective state meetings.
It was decided to continue to boat patrol the lakes during the summer.
Hamilton County Cancer Society began its annual drive April 15 with a goal of $1,500, saying only research can lead to ultimate cancer control. This final triumph will not come quickly, easily or cheaply, and will require great patience on the part of the investigators, as well as the public. The public was asked to dig deeply into its pocket each year.
Dr. Charles Heidelberger, a gifted scientist who held a lifetime research fellowship from the American Cancer Society, said the conquest of cancer was inevitable. During 1964 alone, cancer was expected strike about 540,000 Americans.
County Judge James D. Curry, Sheriff Jason Knapp, and County Clerk Earl C. Farber announced the following persons drawn to serve as grand jurors at the County Court for Hamilton County: Beverly Knapp, housewife, Lake Pleasant (Jason Knapp’s sister-in-law); Nancy Fagan, housewife, Indian Lake; Ruth Virgil, housewife, Indian Lake; Dorothy Downey, housewife, Speculator; Beatrice Knapp, housewife, Lake Pleasant (Jason Knapp’s wife); James Craig, laborer, Wells; Ethel Tripp, housewife, Indian Lake; Floyd Abrams, carpenter, Piseco; Leo Dewhirst, dentist, Lake Pleasant; Grace Harwood, housewife, Inlet; Robert O. Perry, bank teller, Wells; Howard Huntley, restaurant, Long Lake; Harold Manzer, glovemaker, Benson; Milton Buyce, laborer, Lake Pleasant; Berlin McCane, laborer, Indian Lake; Helen Meeker, housewife, Hoffmeister; George Howland, gas station, Northville; Eris Golde, housewife, Sabael; Henry Smith, carpenter, Inlet; Raymond Weaver, laborer, Speculator; Harrison Washburn, laborer, Indian Lake; Evelyn Jenness, housewife, Long Lake; Harold Kibler, sawyer, Wells; and Ruth Sullivan, restaurant, Indian Lake.
At INDIAN LAKE, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Zumbrun, Clinton, announce the engagement of their daughter, Eunice Corinne, to Edward Stores, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Stores, Clinton. The bride-elect was employed by the office of Beaunit and her fiance was a teacher in the Indian Lake school. The couple planned to be married in August.
At INLET, George S. Perry, 74, a former well-known resident of the Central Adirondacks, died April 6, 1964, at Greenwich Conn. Hospital. He had made his home at Greenwich for a number of years.
Born in Forestport Jan. 28, 1890, he was the son of the late William D. and Elizabeth Klinck Sperry. He moved to Connecticut more than 30 years ago where he was employed by the Connecticut Light and Power Company as a cable splicer.
Surviving were his wife, the former Flossie Storing of Greenwich; a daughter, Mrs. Alexander Ferguson Jr. of Riverside, Conn.; a son, George F. Sperry, Norwalk, Conn.; a sister, Mrs. Mabel Dumas, Greenwich; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were held with the Rev. William J. Murphy officiating. Interment was in Greenwich.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard LaPort, Inlet, were the parents of a son, Richard Leroy, born in Herkimer General Hospital, Herkimer, April 3, 1964. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces at birth.
At RAQUETTE LAKE, bids were being accepted for a temporary star route to serve Old Forge and the Central Adirondacks area from Utica to Raquette Lake, replacing the current railroad mail service. The new mail truck service was scheduled to begin April 27 and, with another star route from Alder Creek to Raquette Lake, would give the area two mail delivery and departures a day.
The big change in the new plan would be that there would be no mail service in or from the area on Sundays and holidays. In 1964 there was one incoming and one outgoing mail on Sundays and holidays.
At WELLS, James H. Malone, Wells, a junior arts student at Siena College, Loudonville, had achieved the Dean’s List for the fall semester at that institution