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The way things were by Anne Weaver

Wednesday, December 05, 2012 - Updated: 8:26 AM

ABOUT THE WEEK OF DEC. 5, 1963, a directory of ski centers in New York state had been issued by the New York State Department of Commerce. “Ski New York” listed 81 centers, five more than in 1962.

With the increased popularity of the sport, ski centers had spread to all parts of the state and there was one or more within an hour’s drive of any community in the state. The centers listed were those of interest to the general public.

Information presented included the slopes and trails available, types of lifts, times of operation and daily fees. Illustrations were color photographs.

At HAMILTON COUNTY, Charles H. Farr, Long Lake, had been appointed clerk of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors. He succeeded Herbert Helms, Long Lake, who resigned the previous summer for business reasons. Mrs. Stella King had acted as clerk in the interim.

The board had accepted a bid by the General Electric Co. for delivery and installation of a two-way radio system for the county. This would include the Sheriff’s and Highway departments and the various fire departments in the county.

No one appeared at the public hearing on the Tentative Budget for 1964. The board passed unanimously a resolution recognizing the many years of services to Hamilton County by A. Augustus Low.

County Clerk Earl C. Farber reminded all those wishing low auto license numbers that Dec. 1 was the deadline for the return of applications. State Comptroller Arthur Levitt had announced the distribution of monies for December to the 65 public welfare districts in the state. These monies represented the federal and state share of anticipated welfare expenditures by the localities. Hamilton County received $3,000.

At INLET, the contest for the Winter Queen of the Old Forge Winter Carnival had been launched with all the ski clubs in the Central New York Ski Council. The annual event had been scheduled for January 1964.

Judges for the Queen of Winter Contest were Chester Hawley, Wilkinson Advertising Agency; Floyd King, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle newspaper; John Brown, Rochester Times-Union newspaper; and John Woods, Station WHAM Radio, all of Rochester. Judges from the Syracuse area were Ben Bucko, Olympic Committee; Jim Agne, Syracuse Post Standard newspaper; Bill O’Donnell, WSYR TV; and Joe Beamish, Syracuse Herald Journal newspaper. In Utica, Len Wilbur, Utica Observer Dispatch newspaper; Ralph Allingert, WIBX Radio; Jerry Fiore, WKTV; and Ski Columnist Andy Kelly would serve on the Judging Committee.

Miss Chris Gladis of the Monroe “Y” Ski Club, Rochester, was chosen Winter Queen in 1963 when the search for a Winter Queen to reign over all the festivities of the carnival weekend was conducted.

A storm of some proportions ushered out November and brought the first real taste of winter weather to the Central Adirondacks. The previous Saturday morning’s storm left about six inches of snow in most sections of the mountains, slowed traffic to a near standstill and brought smiles to the faces of ski-happy fans.

The snow was generally over the northern and western sections of the state, with some areas reporting a foot and a half in 24 hours. Winter’s first strong appearance also started things moving at the local ski areas. Preparations were being made to have them open in time for Christmas and operators were hoping for continued cold and more snow between now and then.

A second meeting with Senator Walter Van Wiggerin, Assemblyman Leo Lawrence and Republican Committee County Chairman Bentley Williams was held at the Palmer House in Herkimer for a report on the progress of the development by the state of Nick’s Lake. Lawrence reported $116,000 had been entered in the state’s 1964 fiscal budget for this development.

This money would be used to start the project by building roads and grading and clearing for a state-owned campsite. The entire project was expected to take about three years.

Herkimer County did not yet have a public campground. Further steps were being taken in an attempt to insure that this appropriation would remain intact through final budget approval.

At MOREHOUSE, Malvin A. Partello, 67, Utica, died Dec. 1 in a Utica hospital. He was the brother of Charles M. Partello, supervisor of the Town of Morehouse.

At RAQUETTE LAKE, Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade Gerard A. Dupuis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Dupuis of Raquette Lake, was serving aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Little Rock. Little Rock was currently serving as flagship of the commander of the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea.

During the tour of duty in the Mediterranean Little Rock would visit such ports as Naples, Italy; Istanbul, Turkey; and Famagusta, Cyprus.


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