The Way Things Were -- 04/16/2014
By Anne Weaver

ABOUT THE WEEK OF APRIL 16, 1965, At HAMILTON COUNTY, the Hamilton County Public Health Committee met at The Alpine Inn, Hope, with the following attending: Dr. C.M. Steward, district health officer, Saranac Lake, and medical director for the Physically Handicapped Program of Hamilton County; Dr. M.J. Hosley, chairman, Long Lake; Dr. Hubert Carroll, vice chairman, Indian Lake; Carlo Di Mezza, supervisor, Benson; Donald Wadsworth, supervisor, Hope; county Welfare Commissioner Norman Storer; county Probation Officer William Intemann, who attended for the first time as his duties now included investigation of the physically handicapped; and Recording Secretary Stella King.

There were two guests: Dr. Edward Sharkey, health officer for Hope and Wells; and Dr. Rush B. Faville, director of Fulton County Community Mental Health Services. Dr. Sharkey brought up the subject of a clinic for immunization of adults for small pox.

In the absence of Public Health Nurse Mrs. Beatrice Simons, her report was read as follows: clinics for all ages had been held in Long Lake, Speculator and Piseco, showing 137 immunizations for polio, 126 for tetanus, 117 small pox, and a well baby clinic at Indian Lake with 34 immunizations.

Cancer Campaign Chairman Ouida Girard announced the Cancer Drive would be headed by: Indian Lake, Mrs. Margaret Merwin; Raquette Lake, Mrs. Fred Burke; Long Lake, Mrs. Margaret Danis; Lake Pleasant, Mrs. Mary King; Wells, Mrs. Irene Knowlton; Hope, Mrs. Robert Marcellus; Benson, Mrs. Walter Theurer; Arietta, Mrs. Almina Baker; Inlet, American Legion Auxiliary; and Morehouse, Mrs. Eleanor O'Bryan.

At INLET, deadline in the Miss Central Adirondack pageant, to be held in Old Forge May 29, had been moved to May 1, allowing an extra week for entries to be submitted. The preliminary judging would be in Utica May 8. At that time a panel of 10 judges would select 10 girls from Oneida, Hamilton, and Herkimer counties to compete in evening gown, swim suit and talent division for the Miss Central Adirondack title. The successful candidate would represent this three-county area in the race for the Miss New York title and the right to represent the state in the Miss America competition at Atlantic City.

Prof. James F. Dubuar, who served for 28 years as director of the New York State Ranger School at Wanakena, would be the speaker at the 23rd Woodsmen's Club Annual Dinner in the Masonic Club at Old Forge. Mr. Dubuar graduated University of Michigan and served for some time as a dirt forester before beginning his notable career in forestry education. He guided 28 classes of young men in their pursuit of learning in forestry. Many of them had risen to positions of great responsibility in the forestry profession throughout the world. He retired in 1957.

The First Annual Dinner was held as the opening event in the new Woodsmen Club at Forestport in 1943, which was the birthday of sky pilot Clarence Mason. It had been held each year since at variety of places including Forestport, Old Forge, Tupper Lake and Utica.

The Board of Directors of the Central Adirondack Association held its April meeting at the Information Office. Pro-tem President Joe Uzdavinis presided in the absence of President Leo Westfall.

A proposed solution to the cancellation of the passenger train was discussed. A franchise for a bus was discussed to emanate from Utica and proceed to Blue Mountain Lake twice daily, round-trips. A letter was to be sent to the Public Service Commission to approve such a franchise in that this area was now void of all transportation facilities.

A meeting to be held at Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute for the purpose of procuring a "Nu-Way" north-south highway from Binghamton to Ogdensburg was announced.

Chi Chi Rodriquez had been signed to play in the annual golf exhibition to be held at the Thendara Golf Club. Rodriquez's opponent had not as yet been selected. Some other professional golfer would be contacted to see if he or she could be here for that date.

The new tourist directory was being processed and was expected to be ready for distribution the forepart of May. There had been a face-lifting on the old directory. The annual banquet date was set for June 16 but no site was decided upon at this early date.

A meeting was held at the Information Office for the purpose of listening to a proposal made by the Central Adirondack Mountain Railway Co. in regard to taking over the faltering New York Central Line through the Adirondacks. Members of the town board and several interested citizens were present.

Luke Wood, representing the new organization, made an interesting proposal and stated the projected plans of the newly formed group. Additional freight service would be available, decreased prices in first class fares would be offered, and steam engines would be the eventual conveyor.

The use of steam had caught on in Michigan and Pennsylvania, and the group felt this might add interest and business to the new line. After considerable discussion, it was decided a representative from the Town of Webb would attend a meeting to be held at Lake Placid, when a large group of operators would present a more detailed plan to the public.