There was considerable talk by the North Elba supervisor and the board on Friday night about the need for a convention center after they became aware that the chamber of commerce had apparently screwed up on a booking that would have brought lots of money to the town and village.
Here is a quote from the supervisor: "Loss of this association because of conflict of dates points up the need for a small convention hall. It is felt by some that there may well be enough business for both the arena and a convention hall.
There was then considerable discussion about need for a convention hall and the board said that it was up to the taxpayers to support it if they wanted it."
Back to the future
The date of the above quotes as carried in an Enterprise story was February 1957 and the town supervisor was Harold Soden. There was a lively town board session according to the Enterprise. Here is what happened:
"At issue was whether or not the chamber of commerce had properly fulfilled its obligations with respect for arrangements for a convention brought to town by the convention bureau. The board decided to hold up the contract with the chamber for this year until the subject could be thoroughly discussed at a special meeting.
"What triggered last night's discussion was a report by Hudson Tanner, convention bureau manager, that the N.Y. State Association of Milk Sanatoriums convention of over 700 people had been lost by a mix-up by the chamber."
It was a lengthy piece revealing that the chamber, weeks after being told about the convention, told the convention bureau that the arena would not be available on those dates (early September) because that summer skating season was still in progress. The convention moved its meeting to Syracuse.
Supervisor Soden said he wanted to hear the chamber's side of the story but "this may represent a loss of $70,000 to $80,000 in business. The convention bureau is supposed to sell Lake Placid to conventions and the chamber is supposed to house and service them."
Harold Soden and that board (no board members were mentioned by name in the story) would be thrilled with the new convention center to open in March 2011and to se that job that Jim McKenna does bringing business to the area.
In other business the board advertised for the food and drink concession at the Craig Wood Golf course and were studying several applications for the job of assessor. Gordon Pratt, highway superintendent, said the town loader was worn out. The board asked for information on the cost of a new loader and bills for Roamer hockey were held up for further study.
Robert Mahoney, Mrs. Gertrude Meehan and Hurley Devlin of the Motel and Restaurant Association, participated in the meeting, as well as Bill Rascoe of the Hotel St. Moritz.
From the 1957 sports page
The winless Saranac Lake Redskins had sustained their 15th straight loss in Potsdam by a score of 56-34. Top scorers for the varsity were Al Stunzi and Bill Odell with their 13 and 10 points each. In the JV loss to Potsdam (46-35) the top point getters were Jim Bishop and Jackie Knight with 13 and 12 each.
The Tupper Lake Lumberjacks had squeaked out a win over Gouverneur 50-46. Don Lyons and Dick Parent paced the Jacks' attack with 20 and 10 points each. The Jacks' JV lost 42 to 34. Roger LaPointe had 13 points and John Raymond had 12 points each.
"The second of a series of dual ski meets was held yesterday afternoon at Mt. Pisgah Ski Center. The Petrova School was winner over St. Bernard's by a count of 14 seconds. Forty pupils from the two schools competed.
"The first five finishers from each school yesterday: (Petrova) Gail Taylor, Holly George, Walter Klemperer, Jeff Carter and Susan Edelberg. (St Bernard's) - Craig Munn, James Doyle, Kevin Bristol, Joel Munn and Marie VanNortwick."
"The Paul Smith's College Bobcats rolled to an easy 99-54 win last night over the University of Ottawa cagers on the loser's court. The Bobcats were paced by 6-5 Johnny Richter, of Gloversville, who scored 45 points." Richter had scored 137 points in his last four games for a 34.3 average.