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Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - Updated: 9:32 PM

ABOUT FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 1964, In the Adirondack Park, the Adirondack Park Association Inc. went on record as opposing Sen. Eustine Paine's Adirondack Park Commission bill. Paine, of Willsboro, had stated he planned to introduce the bill "for study purposes only." The Adirondack Park Association felt an Adirondack Park Commission was unnecessary, saying its work would be a duplication of various state agencies and a needless expense to the taxpayers.

A similar bill, also opposed by the association, was introduced in 1963. The Adirondack Park Association's objectives were publicizing the recreational potential and industrial opportunities of the Adirondack area. The association represented the varied recreational, commercial, industrial and civic interests of 13 counties either wholly or partially within the Adirondack Park.

The Conservation Department urged dog owners to restrain their pets for the next few weeks, saying this is the time of year when "man's best friend" can become a participant in one of nature's cruelest sports. Enforcement and Service Bureau Chief William J. Goodman said under normal conditions a healthy deer could easily outrun a dog, but in the winter deer have been weakened by several months of short rations and deep encrusted snow hampers their escape.

Goodman said most dogs have a natural instinct for the chase and can turn into vicious killers at the sight of a floundering deer. "Under present snow conditions the normally fleet-footed whitetails are no match for Fido," he said. "It is a common misconception that the dogs causing the trouble are wild. For the most part, the troublemakers are law-abiding house pets during the day, but join killer packs at night."

Under state law conservation officers were permitted to kill dogs chasing deer from Dec. 1 through May 31.

At HAMILTON COUNTY, records from pioneer settlers and their families of Hamilton County would be featured at an exhibition and open house sponsored by the Central New York Genealogical Society Saturday, March 21, at the Niagara-Mohawk Auditorium in Syracuse.

Over a foot of snow fell in the central Adirondacks March 10, followed by a light snowfall March 17, and some of the snow was expected to last through Easter for spring skiing. Some of the best skiing of the year on local slopes and trails was the previous weekend.

Hamilton County led all others in the state in the 1963 big game season for black bears, which was highlighted by the state's first pre-season hunt and a drought-caused delay of the regular gunning season. The NYS take was slightly above the 10-year average with 445 bruins taken. It was the fifth best year during that period.

A total of 7,369 sportsmen registered for the special hunt held Oct. 1-10 in several Adirondack counties to help reduce the nuisance problem of roving bears. The special season accounted for 127 bears. Only one archer reported killing a bear.

Hamilton County led all others with 121 killed - 53 during the special season.

The Board of U.S. Civil Service Examiners in Syracuse had announced a new examination for the position of substitute clerk and substitute city carrier ($2.33 to $3.20 per hour) for employment at various first- and second-class post offices in the counties of Clinton, Herkimer, Franklin and Hamilton.

An open competitive examination for State Police was also announced, for Saturday, March 28, in various cities throughout the state, for candidates for appointment to the position of trooper. Starting salary was $5,460 per annum to maximum of $7,980 per annum. All service clothing and equipment was furnished.

Among the benefits available to troopers were retirement after 25 years service; certain medical, surgical and disability benefits; periodic physical examination; and opportunities for advancement. Appointments were probationary for one year.

State Comptroller Arthur Levitt had announced the distribution of motor vehicle tax receipts to the counties of the state for the three months ending Dec. 31, 1963. Hamilton County received $1,893. In the like period in 1962 it received $2,152.

There would be no Hamilton County News published April 3, "in accordance with our policy of printing 50 issues per year, and with our agreement with the U.S. Post Office Department."

At ARIETTA, Karen Wagoner, 16, of Higgins Bay, was setting some kind of record for traveling the greatest distance to attend school. She made a 98-mile trip daily by car and two school buses to attend West Canada Valley Central School in Newport. She was the daughter of Forest Ranger and Mrs. Frank Wagoner.

At INLET, the congregation of the Inlet Community Church and its pastor, the Rev. Donald Milnes, announced there would be a Union Service on Good Friday evening. The Rev. Livingstone Bentley, pastor of the Church of the Lakes, and the Rev. Milnes would conduct the service.

Over 30 persons gathered at the Presbyterian manse following Sunday's church services to pay tribute to and enjoy lunch with Henry Smith. Mr. Smith had taught Sunday School in the church for over 25 years and had served as the superintendent for many of those years. For the past 10 years he had furnished transportation from homes to the church and back for many of the children.

The PTC Turkey Dinner was to be held April 4 at Community Hall with dancing at Loomis' Restaurant following at 9 p.m. Mendel Shulman was stricken with a heart attack Tuesday night and was seriously ill in a Utica hospital.

Inlet Youth Commission Chairman Alfred G. Thibado was advertising for a summer director for 1964 and an assistant summer director to coach Little League baseball.

At LONG LAKE, Douglas A. Parker, 21, son of Supervisor and Mrs. Arthur Parker, had begun basic training at the Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, Ill.


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