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The Way Things Were -- 08/13/2014 By Anne Weaver

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - Updated: 2:21 PM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF AUG. 13, 1965, Assemblyman Glenn Harris, Arietta, representing the Fulton-Hamilton District and a candidate for nomination for assemblyman from the new 22nd Assembly District on the Republican ticket in the September primary, had been appointed as a member and secretary of the newly created Joint Legislative Committee on Natural Resources and Scenic Beauty.

The committee was empowered to proceed with a comprehensive study and investigation of all aspects of the problems of the state's natural resources, particularly with reference to the state's Forest Preserve; state reforestation; the encouragement of private reforestation and forest management; and the development of outdoor recreational facilities relating to the Forest Preserve, forest lands and water.

At HAMILTON COUNTY, all members attended the Board of Supervisors meeting at the courthouse in Lake Pleasant. County Superintendent of Highways John S. Kathan presented an estimate of $10,500 to build a sidewalk in the Town of Inlet.

The Hamilton County Red Cross Bloodmobile was at the Indian Lake Health Center. Blood was urgently needed. Potential donors were urged to contact their local Red Cross chairman; or they could walk in at the health center.

County Clerk Earl C. Farber had announced the sale of Conservation Department licenses in Hamilton County for July as follows: Resident -- 13 Hunt and Fish; 2 Hunt; 1,021 Fish; 6 Free Fish; Non-Resident -- 1 Hunt, 409 Fish, 265 3-day Fish.

At INLET, due to bad weather, the Water Ski Show sponsored by the Big Moose Water Ski Club, originally set for August, had been rescheduled in front of Dunn's Boat Service, Big Moose Lake.

Exciting chopping and sawing contests involving leading choppers and sawyers from New York and neighboring states would be a leading feature at the 18th Annual Woodsmen's Field Days at the fairgrounds in Boonville in August.

The list of contestants included Northeast chopping champion Sven Johnson of Watertown, Conn.; former world champion David Geer of Jewett City, Conn.; Arden Cogar of Webster Ferry's, W.Va.; Alvie and Earl Marcellus of Schoghticoke; and several others who had achieved fame as Northeastern champions in these events.

The coronation of the Forest Queen would be of major interest. Mrs. John Mahaffy and her committee had 20 contestants who would also take part in the parade Saturday. The gigantic parade would move through Main Street on the way to the fairgrounds. The parade would include seven bands, numerous interesting floats, forest products, logging equipment and other features. Visiting bands would participate in marches and a short band concert would be held at the close of the parade in front of the grandstand.

Contests included a chainsaw contest involving local contestants and exciting horse pulling contest and the demonstration of logging equipment. Other features included a "This Is Your Life" program, a whisker contest, a smorgasbord and a Wood Chopper Ball.

The Woodsmen's Field Day started in Old Forge in 1948 and was held several years in Tupper Lake. In 1965 it alternated between Boonville and Tupper Lake.

Skiers' Landing Water Ski Center, 3rd Lake, Old Forge, would host the 2nd Annual Adirondack Novice Water Ski Championships and the North American Barefoot Skiing Championships in August. The tournaments were to be held on the First Lake regatta site on the Hollywood Hills Road.

Intermediate and beginner skiers only were eligible to compete in Slalom, Jumping and Tricks under the AWSA Novice Rules. A fine array of Eastern Region skiers and many local newcomers were scheduled to compete. The Barefoot Championships would find the top men and women barefooters of Canada and the U.S. sizzling across the water at speeds up to 40 mph. The winner would be decided by the longest ride.

E. Farnum Spicer, 45, of Chatham was accidentally shot in the upper right arm when the .45 caliber pistol he was carrying discharged as he was stooping over to drink from a spring near the Red River Bridge in Hamilton County. Spicer droved his jeep to Limekiln Lake, whence he was taken to Dr. J.S. Fisher, Inlet, and then by ambulance to a Utica hospital, where his condition was reported as satisfactory.

Bernard W. Ross, Inlet, had been appointed by Department Commander William Egan Jr. of the American Legion as a Department sergeant-at-arms. This appointed was confirmed from Legion headquarters in New York.

Gaiety Theatre announced the following movies: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Angie Dickinson in "Ocean's 11;" Bob Hope, Tuesday Weld, Frankie Avalon and Dina Merrill in "I'll Take Sweden;" "Circus World" with Samuel Bronston, John Wayne, Claudia Cardinale and Rita Hayworth; "Father Goose" with Cary Grant and Leslie Caron; and "That Funny Feeling" with Cary Grant and Sandra Dee.

The Worship Service in the Inlet Community Church would feature the Girls' Choir from Camp Echo at Raquette Lake. Because of the appeal of this choir, worshippers were urged to come early to find a seat at the "Chapel of the Pines" above the Inlet South Shore. The service would be conducted by the pastor, the Rev. Roger Best, and Mr. Young would preside at the console of the organ.

The preacher would be the Rev. John A.W. Kirsch, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Oswego, who had spoken at the two previous Sunday services in August. His message would be entitled, "Somebody Called My Name."


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