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The Way Things Were 08/07/2013 By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, August 07, 2013 - Updated: 8:44 PM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF AUG. 7, 1964, the White Tail Deer Association, meeting Aug. 1 in the Wells School, attacked the New York State Conservation Department for granting an increase in party permits to deer hunters. Attending were sportsmen from all parts of the state. A letter protesting granting these permits and extending the deer season would be forwarded to game officials in Albany. Leroy Bellair, Morehouse, who originally started the association, was elected president.

Others elected were Vice President Edward Cox, Clinton; Secretary Roger Edkins, Oneida; Assistant Secretary Henry Blue, Cold Brook; and Treasurer Otto Koenig, Forestport. Directors named were: Cox; John Heffernan, Wells; Fred Failing, Wells; Bellair; Koenig; Tim Simons, Scotia; William Grosgans, Ephratah; Harvey Carr, Blue Mountain Lake; Harold Harter, Jordonville; John Vodron, Wells; William Hagen, Mohawk; Edkins; Joseph Schevel, Rome; Albert Kucel, Dolgeville; Ford Thompson, Ilion; Norton Bird, Inlet; Francis Bush, Constableville; Earl Farber, Morehouse; and Blue.

Mr. and Mrs. Roger McCane, Burnt Hills, were named honorary members and directors. McCane was president of the New York State Isaac Walton League and Mrs. McCane was president of the auxiliary. More than 200 new members, some from the New York City area, were accepted.

A total of 48,800 party permits to take a bonus deer-of-either-sex had been allotted for the 1964 season, the state Conservation Department announced this week. The basic gunning season for both deer and black bear would run Oct. 25 to Dec. 1 in the Adirondacks and Northern Zone counties and Nov. 16 to Dec. 1 in the rest of the state where it was legal to shoot big game.

A party permit enabled a party of four licensed hunters to take one deer, with or without antlers, in addition to any deer legally allowed individual members of the party. Permit quotas and area boundaries were based upon an analysis of the 1963 buck harvest and extensive field surveys of deer population levels and range conditions.

In 1963 63,874 whitetail deer were killed by big game hunters including 25,827 bonus deer under the party permit system. Approximately 95 percent of the 47,800 permits available were issued.

Quotas and permit areas for the 1964 season would include 5,500 for Area B, comprising all of Hamilton and portions of Essex, Herkimer, Saratoga and Warren counties.

The rich and romantic history of the Adirondack Mountains and their major contributions to outdoor recreation would be portrayed at the unique Adirondack Festival in Elizabethtown. The purpose of the festival, according to the New York State Department of Commerce, was to show the many phases of Adirondack life, its mountains and forests, camping, mountain climbing, wildlife, geology and history.

Twenty-two Adirondack organizations were combining with the Essex County Historical Society in sponsoring the festival. Among the participants were the Adirondack Museum, Adirondack Mountain Club, Paul Smith's College of Forestry, New York State Conservation Department, Whiteface Mountain Authority, Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, National Lead Company and Adirondack Maple Syrup Producers.

Also participating were Camp Dudley, Lake Placid State University Science Camp, Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library Camp, Pok-O-Moonshine, Adirondack Art Association, Galamian School of Music, 4H units and the Forty-Sixers. The festival would be held on the grounds of the Adirondack Center Museum in Elizabethtown.

There would be displays of camping, forestry, conservation, paintings by Adirondack artists and a demonstration of maple sugar making. An auction of antiques was scheduled for Saturday and an ox roast would be one of the highlights of the Sunday program.

Chauffeur license applications were on their way to some 150,000 drivers whose licenses were up for renewal before Aug. 31. Among the 150,000 were the first 50,000 who would be undergoing the state's new driver vision re-testing program. Those who had to submit to the vision exam had last names beginning with the letters A through F.

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

The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors, meeting in the county courthouse in Lake Pleasant, approved the transfer of funds for various departments. The contract with New York state for snow and ice control on highways was renewed for one year.

The board suggested that all county two-way radios be tested once a week (probably on Saturday at noon.)

At INLET, the Gaiety Theatre was advertising the following movies: Deborah Kerr, Hayley Mills and John Mills in "The Chalk Garden;" Marlon Brando, David Niven and Shirley Jones in "Bedtime Story;" "Squadron 633" with Cliff Robertson and George Chakiris; and "The Carpetbaggers" with George Peppard, Alan Ladd, Bob Cummings and Carroll Baker.

At LONG LAKE, James H. West, radioman third class, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Morrissey of Long Lake, was a crewmember of the guided missile cruiser USS Galveston on a Summer Midshipman Training Cruise. Midshipmen aboard Galveston were receiving practical training in seamanship, gunnery, engineering and shipboard routine in preparing for duties as a naval officer. West had had an opportunity to visit Vancouver, British Columbia and Monterey, Calif. during the cruise.


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