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The Way Things Were 07/31/2013

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - Updated: 9:23 PM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF JULY 31, 1964, Governor Nelson Rockefeller had proclaimed July 26-Aug. 1 as "Ragweed Eradication Week" to encourage public support of efforts by official and voluntary health agencies to control ragweed hay fever. "Hay fever affects more than one million residents of New York state in later summer and early fall," the governor said. "In addition to its serious affect on health, hay fever is also responsible for economic losses. A quarter-million sufferers lose a week or more of work or school because of their condition."

Reminding that hay fever is caused mainly by ragweed pollen in the air, the governor said, "It can be prevented by cutting and spraying plants before they flower and by planting grass in ragweed-infested areas. These measures prevent tons of pollen from entering the air."

More than 160 camping areas in New York state were listed in a directory issued by the NYS Department of Commerce. The eight-page booklet, "Camping in New York State," provided information on location, facilities, number of sites available and costs.

With some of the finest camping areas in the nation, New York in 1964 was host to more than a million campers every summer. There are state-operated camping areas in the Adirondack and Catskill mountains and in state parks from Long Island to Niagara. Privately-operated areas were increasing rapidly in New York state and were available nearly every region.

The 11th Annual York State Craft Fair would be held at Ithaca High School. It was sponsored by the New York State Craftsmen, a non-profit organization with membership open to any resident in New York state. Hundreds of handcrafted items of silver, wood, pottery, weaving and enamels would be exhibited and sold. Craftsmen at work, always a popular part of the fair, would be demonstrating in a variety of crafts.

At HAMILTON COUNTY, distribution of annual payment of monies in state and in town and county highway purposes was announced recently by NYS Comptroller Arthur Levitt. This was for the 57 counties and 932 towns for road building and repairs. Hamilton County towns received $21,147.75 and the county $8,459.10.

At INLET, a crowd of 2,500 to 3,000 watched Tony Lema and Doug Sanders put on a golf clinic and then followed them for an 18-hole match over the Thendara Golf Club course. Lema carved a 35-31 for a 66 and Sanders hit a 32-36 for a 68, as the two clowned their way from hole to hole but stayed serious long enough to hit the ball a country mile.

Lema was attired in black slacks and shoes and a white tee-shirt. Sanders was striking in a red shirt, cream slacks, red socks and red and white shoes. For a half-hour before the match began the two displayed the form that had made them two of the top pros on the PGA circuit.

Sanders' skit of a woman golfer reporting for her golf lesson was hilarious. Lema said he had a lesson that week on the price of success and how short it lives. He had an invitation to appear on a TV show, but then was told he was replaced by Bobby Nichols, recent winner of the PGA, as they had to keep up with recent winners.

Expressing a desire for a swim, the pair was whisked away to Foley's Northwoods Inn before going their separate ways. Lema, who was making his first trip to the Adirondacks, was very much impressed with the scenery and with the course, which he conceded has a very tight back nine.

Francis Alden Covey had authored a new book, "The Earl Covey Story," which appeared on local newsstands this week in 1964. The story tells of the early days of Old Forge, The Fulton Chain and Big Moose. The book tells the story of Earl Covey and the development of the Big Moose area. Working under primitive, if not adverse conditions, he built and operated Twitchell Lake Inn and Covewood Lodge.

That lovely edifice, the Big Moose Chapel, might almost be considered a living memorial to Covey. Pioneer, builder, inventor, artisan and citizen, Covey was a big part of Big Moose in the early days. The fact that the author was Covey's second wife may possibly have colored the biography a bit.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Murdock welcomed a daughter, Patti Margaret, born July 16, 1964 in St. Luke's Hospital, Utica. The baby weighed 3 lbs., 5 ozs. at birth.

The Gaiety Theatre advertised the following movies: "Tom Jones" with Albert Finney and Susannah York; Gregory Peck and Tony Curtis in "Captain Newman, M.D." with Angie Dickinson and Bobby Darin; and Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. in "Robin and the 7 Hoods" with Peter Falk, Bing Crosby and Barbara Rush.

At WELLS, the Wells Improvement Group had plans nearly completed for the 15th Annual Old Home Days Celebration, which would be held on the school grounds. At 4 p.m. Friday there would be swimming races held at the local beach under the direction of the lifeguard and the recreation advisor.

Miss Old Home Days would be chosen on the school grounds in front of the gymnasium Friday night. Any girl age 15 through 19, a resident of Wells or Hope, could enter. Entrants had to contact Mrs. Virginia Morrison or Mrs. Harriette Clouthier of Wells or Mrs. Nina Marcellus or Mrs. Eva Mundell of Hope.

A parade was to form Saturday afternoon and was to include the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, the Koble-Aires Drum and Bugle Corps of Cobleskill, the Buccaneer Drum and Bugle Corps of Little Falls, the Adirondack Bagpiper Band from Fort Edward, the Broadalbin Twirlerettes, the Millerettes, the Wells School Band, fire companies and auxiliaries and floats.

The parade would form on the Little Amsterdam Road and proceed south through the village. Anyone interested in entering the parade was to contact Mrs. Shirley Heffernan, Miss Thelma Fremont, Mrs. Hazel Thouin or John Vodron.

After the parade there would be firemen's races. Bingo would be played and a block dance would be held both Friday and Saturday nights along with concessions. There would be an antique show in the gymnasium all three days. The climax of the event would be fireworks Saturday night.


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