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The Way Things Were - 01/22/2014 By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - Updated: 4:39 PM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF JAN. 22, 1965, the New York Section of the Society of American Foresters held its annual meeting at Grossinger's Catskill Resort Hotel in Liberty. The technical sessions would be devoted to new developments in forestry with papers on new techniques that effect the management of timberland.

A professional forester is a manager of a valuable renewable resource. He manages his tract, whether publicly or privately owned, for the greatest good. The statement "he can't see the forest for the trees" does not apply to the modern forester.

In some areas his major crop may be recreation for a growing public. On another forest he may manage for the production of timber or wildlife. Still another forest may be devoted primarily to the protection of watersheds and prevention of erosion. The professional forester balances these uses so more than one type of crop may be obtained from the same area of land.

The New York Section of the Society of American Foresters was one of the larger and older groups of professional foresters. It was headed by Dr. Earl Stone, Professor of Forest Soils, New York College of Agriculture at Cornell University.

Mr. A.A. Maketa, officer in charge of the Immigration and Naturalization Service at Albany, urged all aliens in the area, who have not yet done so, to fill out alien address report forms before Jan. 31, at the nearest Immigration Service Office or post office.

Taxpayer assistance would be given on federal income tax returns at the Internal Revenue Office on Main Street in Gloversville. If help was required, Internal Revenue Agent Charles J. Russo would be available.

At HAMILTON COUNTY, state Comptroller Arthur Levitt announced the distribution of monies of State aid for education. Hamilton County's share was $81,350.

Levitt also announced the distribution of money in state motor fuel tax receipts to the 57 counties outside New York City for the quarter ending Dec. 31, 1964. The money was earmarked for county roads. Hamilton County received $21,692.79.

At INLET, Leonard Mick Roberts Post American Legion was holding its Second Annual Bowling Tournament in February. Couples were to sign up at Inlet Texaco, Harwood Motors, Surf Side Fifth, or contact Peter Kalil.

A dock on Fourth Lake at the end of the Lake Trail in the Echo Park development near Old Forge had to be torn down by June 1, Supreme Court Justice Richard Aronson, Syracuse, had decided. Aronson has ruled that the Echo Trail, which leads from the South Shore Road into the lake, was set aside for all the owners of lots in the development. John Wolak, New York Mills, owner of 42 lots, claimed that Ansel and Margaret Morris and Michael Nurod, all of Frankfort, built a dock 35 feet long and 12 feet wide from the shoreline into the lake.

Wolak claimed that this became adverse possession of land that was owned by all. Aronson, who spent his summer vacations in the Old Forge area, held that construction of the dock was "an unlawful appropriation of a portion of the right of way and was a continuing trespass, and that the plaintiff (Wolak), as one of the owners of lots in Echo Park, as well as any owner therein, has a common right to the full and complete use of the Lake Trail... unobstructed by any type of permanent structure..."

He based his decision partially on a map of the tract made in September 1925 by George A. Weigand, a civil engineer. This called for a strip of land, 40 feet wide, running north and south from the South Shore Road to the south shore of Fourth Lake to be known as "Lake Trail."

John "Louie" Ehrensbeck, son of Earl and Kathleen Ehrensbeck of Old Forge, left for Anchorage, Alaska to train with the Biathlon Team for the 1968 Olympics. John enlisted in the U.S. Army in September and was quickly screened for ultimate ski training with the Biathlon Team.

Biathlon, commonly called ski shooting, is an individual competition in which the skier, with a rifle slung over his shoulder, runs 20 kilometers and must fire five bullets at four targets of varying ranges. A two-minute penalty is added to the runner's time for each shot that misses the small black target.

"Louie" graduated from the Town of Webb High School in 1963. During his high school career he won many trophies and was chosen as a representative from the East to participate in the Nationals.

Ehrensbeck set records at Old Forge and Tupper Lake in cross-country competitions. John captained the high school ski team for his last three years and was a member of the team as early as his freshman year.

Ehrensbeck spent most of his summer vacations working in the Old Forge area. One year he was "Robin Hood" at The Enchanted Forest, and another he was an attendant at McCauley Mt. Chairlift. His brother, James, operated the McCauley Mt. Ski area, and it might very well have been an underlying factor in John's ultimate success as a skier.

At LONG LAKE, Electrician's Mate Fireman Apprentice Douglas A. Parker, USN, son of Sheriff and Mrs. Arthur E. Parker, Long Lake, was serving aboard the anti-submarine warfare aircraft carrier USS Randolph, operating out of Norfolk, Va.

Radarman 3rd Class Joel Morley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph T. Morley, Long Lake, participated Jan. 6-15 in an amphibious landing operation while serving aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Tattnall. The exercise, which took place on the beaches of Porto Scudo and Caye Teulada, Sardinia, was conducted to give both Marine and fleet units training in full-scale amphibious operations using live fire.


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