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The Way Things Were -- 06/25/2014 By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - Updated: 10:04 AM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF JUNE 25, 1965, almost 8,000 square miles of woodlands, mountains and lakes in the primitive wilderness of the Adirondacks contain a remarkable assortment of accommodations and facilities for vacation enjoyment. The region is a favorite with those who enjoy such outdoor activities as hiking, fishing and canoeing.

Visitors with a preference for less strenuous vacations enjoy resort hotels and motels with swimming pools and golf courses close at hand, summer theatres, sports events and spectacular scenery. Campsites in the Adirondacks had kept pace with the booming popularity of camping.

The region boasted 37 state-operated camping areas with more than 5,000 sites. Another 37 privately operated camping areas provided 2,000 additional sites. Tourists could also enjoy chairlift rides at Whiteface Mountain, Wilmington; Big Tupper Mountain at Tupper Lake; McCauley Mountain at Old Forge; and Gore Mountain at North Creek.

Among museums besides the Adirondack Museum in the Adirondacks were the Adirondack Center in Elizabethtown, Six Nations Indian Museum at Onchiota, Ausable Chasm Antique Car Museum at Ausable Chasm, The Piseco Lake Museum at Piseco, the Kent-DeLord House in Plattsburgh and the Skenesborough Museum in Whitehall.

At HAMILTON COUNTY, distribution of state aid money for county and town highway purposes was announced by New York State Comptroller Arthur Levitt. Hamilton County received $19,224 for town highways and $7,689 for county highways.

Levitt had also announced the distribution of monies representing the settlement of the 65 public welfare districts' claims for the quarter ending March 31. Hamilton County received $6,774.35.

Mrs. John Danis, deputy director of Hamilton County and member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Division of the American Cancer Society, attended the semi-annual Board of Directors meeting in Syracuse. New by-laws for the formation of county units were adopted, which would result in an early revision of the Hamilton County unit.

All residents of Hamilton County who contributed to the 1965 fund campaign were automatically members of the Hamilton County unit, and could have a voice in the formation of the new organization. Mrs. Maud Olmstead, field representative for several counties, including Hamilton, would be in charge of reorganization procedures.

When plans were made for the Hamilton County meeting advance notice would appear in the press so all might be present for this important step in the selection of personnel to promote cancer education and provide needed services for the cancer patient.

County Clerk Earl C. Farber had announced the sale of Conservation Department licenses in Hamilton County for the month of May as follows: Resident -- 13 Hunt and Fish, 1 Hunt, 635 Fish, 2 Trap, 19 Free Fish; and Non-Resident -- 1 Hunt, 137 Fish, 30 6-Day Fish, 1 LLC.

At BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE, expansion of the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake and a new attraction at Lake Placid had added more variety for Adirondack tourists, the New York State Department of Commerce noted.

A new $1.5 million building housed one of the world's greatest collections of small boats. The craft ranged from Gold Cup winners to a bateau that was sunk in Lake George over 200 years ago in the French and Indian War.

The building also provided an enlarged art gallery. It was the policy of the museum to "bring back to the Adirondacks works painted here." Among the new acquisitions were works of Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait, Thomas Cole and Sanford Gifford.

The expanded facilities had doubled the viewing time at the Adirondack Museum.

The Edelweiss, "a little bit of Switzerland in America," was Lake Placid's newest attraction. The 100-acre park had a lake, waterfalls, fountains, native wild flowers and imported edelweiss. A large chalet overlooked ponds stocked with trout that visitors could catch.

At INLET, all from the Inlet, Eagle Bay and Raquette Lake area between the ages of 8 to 12 who were interested in playing Little League during the summer of 1965 were advised to be at Windhausen's Field in Eagle Bay.

Plans for vacation church schools, Fulton Chain College Fellowship, Sunday School Worship and High School Group were discussed at a meeting of the Council of the Parish of the Fulton Chain area, Big Moose Chapel. Present were Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Martin and Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Rochelle Jr., who would serve in the various parish programs during the summer.

Mr. and Mrs. Martin were from Swarthmore, Pa. and both were graduates of Swarthmore College. He entered Princeton Theological Seminary two years previous, and had one more year there. Their youngest son, Rick, 15, was at Inlet with them.

Mr. and Mrs. Rochelle had just graduated from Syracuse University. During the past year they had worked at Elmcrest, a home for children with special problems; and were junior high fellowship advisors at Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church, Dewitt.

The Parish Council planned a dinner at Beckers, with council members and their families and pastors serving in the area for the summer. The Rev. P. Arthur Brindisi, Utica, would tell of his trip to the Holy Land during the fall of 1964.

Inlet's Summer Youth Program, sponsored jointly by the State of New York and the Town of Inlet, would begin in June. It would run for eight weeks, five days a week, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m.

Children ages 5 through 16 were eligible. All phases of swimming, beginners through Senior Life Saving, would be taught. Where groups were large, they would be divided into smaller classes to enable more individual attention.

The program would be headed by Miss Anne Osborne, who had held this position for several seasons, assisted by David Schmidt. Both held Red Cross Instructors certificates.

At WELLS, Pvt. Terry A. Barton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur H. Barton, Wells, had completed a pay specialist course at the Army Adjutant General School, Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind. During the course Barton received instruction in the preparation of Army pay records.

The 20-year-old soldier entered the Army in December of 1964 and received basic training at Fort Dix, N.J. He is a 1964 graduate of Wells High School.


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