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Vignettes from The Journal

October 31, 2009

More stories from "The Journal of Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, a newspaper edited by Fred Ellers and Bill McLaughlin in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The paper covered a lot of sports and apparently tried to strike a balance of news between the two communities. Copies of "The Journal" in my possession are on loan from my neighbor Jeff Wood.

The following, then, will be the long and short of it, from both communities and from different months and years of "The Journal."

January 1971

Article Photos

“Picture of the Week” from The Journal: the Saranac Lake Redskin cheerleaders, front row, from left to right: Nanette Gokey, Anne Robertson, Marilyn Branch and Sue Snyder; (back row, from left to right: Barb Johnson, Becky Waters, Patti Peria, Chris Crowley and Debbie Wood.
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"A life-long resident of Lake Placid was highly honored this week by being elected to the Hall of Fame of the United States Amateur Skiing Association. Ronald Mckenzie received word earlier this week. He is a former postmaster of Lake Placid and has participated in many facets of skiing both locally and in international competition." I was lucky enough to work for him when he was president of the Lake Placid Olympic Organizing Committee for the 1980 Olympic Winter Games.

"The World bobsledding championships in the two man division were held in Cervinia, Italy over the weekend. The championship was won by the Italians, who had plenty of time to practice on the treacherous run at Cervinia.

"The U.S. number-one sled in the competition, driven by Gary Sheffield of Lake Placid, with Phillip Dupree of Massena on the brakes, were inches away from disaster on Saturday when, during the competition, their sled climbed too high on the final curve and rode along the top of the curve for almost 40 yards before sliding back down into the track.

"On the same curve during the practice runs earlier in the week, the Spanish team's brakeman was killed when the sled went off the top of the curve and struck a tree. The driver of the sled was badly injured. There were 40 other minor accidents during the trial runs earlier in the week."

February 1971

"At 10:30 last night, after more than two hours of discussion, the board of education of Pius X Central voted on the question, 'shall Pius X remain open for a minimum of 5 years'? Bishop Stanislaus Brzana, Ordinary of the Diocese, and Monsignor William LaVallee, Diocesan Superintendent of Schools were present at the meeting and listened to the deliberations of the board. The Bishop announced, however, that nothing official would be released until he and his staff had time to study the recommendation."

"The American Management Association, one of the largest employers in Saranac Lake, has cut the salaries of its employees by ten per cent.

"According to an interview with James Hayes, president of AMA, these cuts are temporary and will be restored by July 1st. Mr. Hayes is up here visiting the facility for the first time since becoming President four weeks ago.

"Taxi rates are up in Saranac Lake following a public hearing Monday night at the village offices. No one appeared at the meeting to oppose the increases.

"During the hours 6 a.m. to midnight rates will be 85c for one passenger to any destination in the village, additional passengers, 50c each. Midnight to 6 a.m. rates will be $1.00 per passenger, second passenger $1.00, third passenger 50c."

"Carol Torrance of Lake Placid competing for North Country Community College placed first in the Women's Slalom and first in the Giant Slalom as her team participated in the SUNY at Cobleskill Invitational Ski Meet. Her teammate, Gail Smith of Massena placed second in the women's slalom and giant slalom. Larry Peryea of Ray Brook placed second in the slalom with his teammates (not named) placing third and fourth.

"Nine SUNY Colleges participated and NCCC placed first, Alfred was second."

"On Wednesday, the annual meeting of the Saranac Lake Free Library was held. D. Mott Chapin gave the president's report, which showed a good year and the increased use of the library. He anticipated receipt of the additional funds needed for next year's budget of $26,420.

"Esther Mirick, treasurer reported that for the second consecutive year the library ended its fiscal year in the black.

"The 1970 budget showed total disbursements of $24,992.97, receipts of $25,948.28 leaving a balance of $955.31.

"According to Tom Cantwell, director of the Membership Committee, there are only 530 members or about 10 per cent of the users. Mrs. Ruth White was named to the Board to succeed the late William G. Distin, Sr.. Other directors elected for 2 year terms were Mr. Chapin, Miss Mirick, Dr. William Steenken and Jack Delehant."



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