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The Way Things Were -- 07/02/2014 By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, July 02, 2014 - Updated: 8:14 PM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF JULY 2, 1965, eight friendly tips for being alive after a holiday weekend on the water were offered to the nation's approximately eight million small boat owners by the American Red Cross on the eve of National Safe Boating Week.

Be sure weak or non-swimmers wear life jackets. Most Red Cross chapters give swimming instructions, free.

Whether your boat is powered by sail, outboard or inboard motor, equip it with such safety equipment as a life jacket for every passenger, anchor, oars, boat hook, extra line, fire extinguisher, tool kit and first aid kit. Running lights are a must for operation at night.

Don't overload. Keep passengers down to a safe number.

Don't overpower the boat. Your dealer can tell you the safe size or motor for it.

Check U.S. Weather Bureau forecasts before taking a boat on open water. If you're going far take a radio along to keep you posted on the weather.

Don't smoke while refueling.

If you are caught in a severe storm it would be advisable for everyone to wear life jackets.

Stay with your boat if it capsizes; it will usually float even though filled with water. Exceptions are if the boat is in heavy surf or dangerously near a waterfall or dam, or if the water is very cold. Wear life jackets before attempting to swim.

At HAMILTON COUNTY, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors gathered at the courthouse for a short routine meeting. It authorized refunds on erroneous assessments in Inlet and Lake Pleasant; authorized the county treasurer to hire a full-time typist at $3,000; and decreed that the county offices close at 4 p.m. in July and August. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Buck, owners of The Inn, Speculator, entertained supervisors and county officials at a luncheon prior to the meeting.

At BENSON, Mrs. Jennie DiMezza, wife of Supervisor Carlo DiMezza, Benson, died July 1, 1965 in an Albany hospital.

At INDIAN LAKE, Thomas Pelchar, conservation biologist for Region No. 6, wrote a letter to John Burgess of Indian Lake as follows: "I understand you'd like something for write-up in local papers concerning the cause of the whitefish kill in Blue Mountain Lake.

"I stopped by Blue Mountain last Friday and picked up some fresh specimens. After looking at them, I contacted several people with an explanation but it probably would be a good idea to give the cause of kill a little better coverage since so much interest was generated.

"The whitefish killed in Blue Mtn. Lake is definitely caused by an early stage of a parasitic tapeworm pretty specific to whitefish. The life cycle of these parasites is often complicated but basically in this case involves a bird with the adult tapeworm; nearly microscopic aquatic life which pick up the tapeworm eggs and initial larvae; the whitefish which get infected by eating the aquatic plankton; and finally back to the birds (probably gulls).

"The tapeworm lives in the heart and major arteries of the blood system. When the worm matures it breaks out of the heart. Hemorrhage or blockage of the vessels is the cause of death. The worm is white, about 1 to 1-1/2 inches long and 1/8-inch wide.

"Whitefish kills due to the parasite occur regular intervals. No one is quite sure when conditions will be optimum but as in the case at Blue Mtn. Lake, they aren't too frequent. Nothing can be done except to clean up the dead fish but I'm sure if people know it isn't due to pollution, chemicals or germs, they will feel better.

"There's no chance of infection to humans and properly cooked, the fish would be safe to eat (fresh ones, that is). There is a possibility of another outbreak this fall, but it doesn't always happen that way. I hope the above is useful."

At INLET, the annual summer conference of the New York State Chamber of Commerce Executives Association was held at Rocky Point Inn. Floyd Ruble of Oswego, president of the statewide association, anticipated some 100 members to convene at the Fourth Lake resort for the three-day program based on community relations.

Old Forge, just to the west in Herkimer County, had been so successful in combating the pollution in the Moose River, which circles the village on the west, that the Conservation Department of New York State permitted the stocking of 1,000 9-inch brook trout in the stream. The pollution was corrected by the installation of modern sewage disposal plants in 1964.

This was the first time fish stocking had been allowed in these waters. The Conservation Department had formerly felt the river was not pure enough to warrant stocking. The old saying that "a river purifies itself every seven miles" had been discredited.

The Gaiety Theatre announced the following movies: "Major Dundee" with Charlton Heston and Richard Harris; "None But the Brave" with Frank Sinatra, Clint Walker and Tommy Sands; Fred MacMurray and Polly Bergen in "Kisses For My President" with Arlene Dahl; and Warren Beatty, Jean Seberg, Peter Fonda and Kim Hunter in "Lilith."

At MOREHOUSE, Arthur J. Gauthier, 64, a town assessor, died June 23 in his home in the Town of Morehouse. Born in Prospect, Mr. Gauthier, a World War I veteran, was a retired state employee.

He married Hazel Clipson. The couple had lived for the past 19 years in Morehouse. He was a member of Morehouse Volunteer Fire Co. Besides his wife he left four daughters, Mrs. Blanche Williams of Elmira, Mrs. Eileen Moore of Syracuse, Mrs. Shirley Lee of Bridgeport and Mrs. Nancy Moore of Valparaiso, Fla.; a son, Arthur Gauthier of Morehouse; and three sisters, Mrs. Luella Martin of Syracuse, Mrs. Blanche Cole of Cicero, and Mrs. Mayme Gifford of Glens Falls.

The funeral was held in Newport. Interment was in Prospect Cemetery.


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