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The Way Things Were 07/03/13 By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, July 03, 2013 - Updated: 8:42 PM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF JULY 3, 1964, one of the biggest holiday weekends of the year was expected in the Central Adirondacks. Predictions were based on the fact that July 4 fell on a Saturday and in most instances factories and plants were observing Independence Day by closing down Thursday night and making it a three-day weekend.

This alone would affect thousands of visitors to the Central Adirondacks and the influx was expected to start early Thursday evening. Advance reservations at hotels, motels, campgrounds and tourist homes indicated a sell-out of overnight accommodations.

Hundreds of camp owners were already in their summer homes as activity had been steadily increasing all week. The number one factor in the predictions for a SRO weekend was the hot weather.

Temperatures had been in the 90s most of the week in nearby Utica, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, Rome and Binghamton. The mercury hit 99 in New York City and forecasters predicted continued warm weather for the remainder of the week.

Restaurants and hotels had stocked their larders in anticipation of the long weekend and those visiting the Adirondacks over the Fourth could be assured of plenty of food, plenty of fresh air, cool nights and lots of water to swim in and sand to bake on.

The Southern Adirondack Library System had announced it had received a new collection of 16mm educational films that were available to organized community groups in Saratoga, Warren, Washington and Hamilton counties. The films covered a wide variety of subjects ranging from children's films to travel, art, history, science and others.

At HAMILTON COUNTY, State Comptroller Arthur Levitt announced the distribution of money for July to the 65 public welfare districts in the state. These funds represented about 80 percent of the federal and state share of anticipated welfare expenditures by the localities. Hamilton County received $2,390.

All members answered roll call at the regular meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors held at the courthouse in Lake Pleasant. Reimbursement of $16 for an erroneous assessment in the Town of Inlet was passed.

The following were authorized to attend their respective state meetings: county treasurer in August; sealer of weights and measures in July; county officers in September; and county superintendent of highways in September.

At INLET, Gaiety Theatre announced the following movies: "The Victors" with Vincent Edwards, Albert Finney, George Hamilton, Melinda Mercuri and Jeanne Moreau; and "The Cardinal" with Tom Tryon and Romy Schneider.

The opening service at St. Peter's-by-the-Lake, Fourth Lake, would be July 5. The Rev. Arthur L. Bice of Little Falls would be in charge of all the services. A new road into the chapel property and a new parking lot were under construction.

According to Father Bice this would be the most major improvement in the 60-year history of this historic lakeside chapel.

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Church of the Lakes, Inlet, would serve a chicken barbecue outdoors if weather permitted in July and August and also would have a Rummage Sale in July.

At LAKE PLEASANT, William J. Tracy, son of Attorney Charles S. Tracy, Speculator, was graduated recently by the American Red Cross Aquatic School at Camp Terya, Brookline, N.H. He received a certificate as a qualified Water Front Instructor and also a certificate in Advanced First Aid.

The National Red Cross School was conducted for two weeks and was attended by 220 qualified lifeguards from colleges and universities throughout the country. Tracy would be a lifeguard during the summer at the public beach at Speculator, which program was sponsored by the Town of Lake Pleasant and the Village of Speculator Youth Commission.

A plan to provide telephone customers with faster, more efficient telephone repair service had been adopted by the General Telephone Company of Upstate New York, it was announced. Boonville District Manager Charles E. Brown said although prompt repair of service outages had been rendered in the past, it was not the practice for company personnel to inform customers when repairs would be handled.

The new plan would not only provide faster repair of telephone lines, Brown said, but would provide the customer with definite information as to when repair of the trouble could be expected. Under the new program, calls for repair service would be quickly analyzed and rated and the customer immediately informed of approximately when the telephone would be repaired.


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