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The Way Things Were -- 07/09/2014 By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, July 09, 2014 - Updated: 8:54 AM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF JULY 9, 1965, 76 high school students at three Hamilton County central schools had received New York State Civil Defense Commission youth achievements certificates for completing Civil Defense projects designed to evaluate individual homes for fallout shelter facilities, according to Frank Parker, Wells, Hamilton County Civil Defense director. The certificates were presented to 35 students at Indian Lake, 33 at Long Lake, and eight at Lake Pleasant schools during final award programs.

State Civil Defense certificates were awarded to the three schools at the same time for participating in the evaluation program. In order to obtain the certificates, students first participated in assembly programs concerning radioactivity and shielding methods.

Then they completed a Civil Defense survey booklet at their homes. Under the program, less than a year old, individual rural homes and farms were surveyed by the state Civil Defense Commission to gain technical information necessary for the erection of fallout shelter facilities in rural areas that would give adequate protection for both human and animal life.

Each home was considered individually and individual sheltering plans were prepared by the commission for each participating home or farm owner. The certificates were signed by State Civil Defense Director M. J. Asensio and Parker.

An Adirondack area a third the size of Manhattan had been donated to the state. The gift included the entire 546-acre South Lake, about 13 miles south of Old Forge, plus 4,400 acres of adjoining woodlands. The property was donated by Miss Hazel Northam of Brooklyn and had been named by the Conservation Department "Pratt-Northam Memorial Park." It honors the family of the late Walter Pratt, well known in the Boonville area, who owned the property for more than a half century. Miss Northam was Mr. Pratt's cousin.

Conservation Commissioner H.G. Wilm called the lake "Typically Adirondack, framed by hardwoods and pines, with several excellent beaches along the six-mile shore line. Miss Northam's generosity has guaranteed for future generations the use of one of the finest clear bodies of water in the Central Adirondacks," he said.

At INLET, spectators at the Fifth Annual Championship Golf Exhibition at Thendara Golf Club were invited to enjoy the facilities of the recently completed $50,000 clubhouse. The new larger building, erected on almost the same site as the old clubhouse, consisted of a lounge, snack bar, and cocktail lounge, men's and ladies' locker rooms, pro shop and storage facilities. Competing in the exhibition match were two international golf champions: Puerto Rican "Chi Chi" Rodriguez and New Zealander Bob Charles.

The previous Monday afternoon areas to the north and south of the Central Adirondacks experienced heavy rains and flash floods. In the Utica area, hundreds of thousands of dollars in water damage resulted from floods that filled basements and inundated some lower sections of the city. In Tupper Lake area heavy rains tied up traffic and overflowed creeks. Here there was only a slight sprinkle, which lasted only a short while.

Three two-week sessions of daily vacation church school were being scheduled by the Parish of the Fulton Chain. The leadership would be provided by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Martin and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rochelle.

The Gaiety Theatre announced the following movies: Robert Mitchum and Carroll Baker in "Mister Moses," "First Men In the Moon" with Edward Judd, Martha Hyer and Lionel Jefries; and Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman and Sean Connery in "Goldfinger."

At LAKE PLEASANT, Miss Judith Morris, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon C. Morris, Speculator, recently received an Associate in Applied Science degree from Hudson Valley Community College, Troy. A 1963 graduate of Wells High School, she majored in Medical Laboratory Technology.

She was a member of the Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists and the Protestant Christian Fellowship. Miss Morris planned to attend Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Ind. in September.

At LONG LAKE, Fireman Apprentice Larry W. Hart, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. L.W. Hart, Long Lake, had reported to duty aboard the oceanographic survey ship USS San Pablo, home ported in Philadelphia. San Pablo was assigned to the Service Force of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, but was one of the few ships under the technical control of the U.S. Naval Hydrographic Office.

At WELLS, Frank Parker had announced he would seek the Republican nomination for supervisor of the Town of Wells. The post was held by John Orr Jr., who was serving a one-year appointment to fill a vacancy created by the election of John E. Heffernan to county treasurer in the fall of 1965.

Parker, a life-long resident of Wells, had operated the Parker Brothers General Store for the last 19 years. A four-year veteran of the Army Air Corps, Parker had been Hamilton County's civil defense director for the last 13 years.

He was the first commander of the Wells American Legion and a past commander of the Hamilton County American Legion. A member of the Wells Improvement Group and a member of the famous Wells Chamber of Commerce, Parker was also a 29-year charter member of Wells Volunteer Fire Department. He was the first announced candidate for the supervisor position.


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