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Lake Placid News from 1968

March 5, 2011

Page one headlines from the Lake Placid News in February 1968 were all about the upcoming game for the championship of the Northern New York High School Hockey League between the Lake Placid Blue Bombers and the Canton Bears. We don't know who won that game but here are some statistics leading to that playoff game.

Potsdam had defeated Canton 1 to 0; the Blue Bombers "mauled" Massena 6 to 2 which left the Bombers and the Bears with identical 6 win, 2 loss records in league play. Canton and Placid had played two previous games and split a win apiece.

In the Massena-Lake Placid game, Phil Beaney scored for the Bombers only 50 seconds into the game, followed by goals from Mike Gonyea and John Heough and then Billy Beaney drove in three goals fro the hat trick. Richard Boyer was given high marks for his work in the nets.

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The “Hockettes, 36 beautifully costumed girls” from the Figure Skating Club of Ann Arbor, Mich. performed at the North American Festival in Lake Placid in February 1968. They were then one of the largest synchronized skating clubs in the country … and probably one of the best, because they won national titles in 2005 and 2007.
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Luge championships

James C. Sheffield was chairman of A.A.U. Luge and had just received word of sanctioning for the National Luge Championship in Lake Placid.

The story continued:

"Steve Hendrickson, on leave from the Army, came to Lake Placid after the races at St. Donat and he has been teaching racers at the 700-yard luge run adjacent to the 70-meter ski jump. Two of the local enthusiasts are Moses (Red) LaFountain of Steak and Stinger fame and George Vespa of the Hotel Marcy. Mr. Vespa will not race this weekend because of the George Washington holiday business in town."


The weather and train service

This from February 1968: "High winds created dangerous driving conditions throughout the area over the weekend and for the past few days. Old Military Road was the scene of a two-car collision Sunday night just north of the John Brown Road intersection."

We know all about bad weather closing airports but it never occurred to me that cold weather could stop the trains from running so read excerpts from this report from the Lake Placid News of February 1943:

"There was no such thing as an order for 'full steam ahead' with the trains leaving from or arriving in this resort Sunday night and Monday as trains simply could not compete with the record low temperatures.

"It was 52 below zero at the depot and temperatures recorded in other parts of the village ranged from 46 to 48 below. Added to this was a sharp wind which made homes almost impossible to heat to a livable degree.

"The sleeper leaving here Sunday evening was held over in Lake Clear until Monday night where the passengers had spent the preceding night. Some of the passengers came back to Lake Placid where they had started from.

"The northbound sleeper from New York due here at 8:20 a.m. Monday did not arrive here until 7 p.m. as the temperature was not conducive to the making of steam."


What else is new?

"Mayor John H. Connors of the City of Mechanicville, and President of the New York State Conference of Mayors (a post later held by Lake Placid Mayor Robert Peacock) wrote to Governor Rockefeller requesting a process be established that would allow the consolidation of various units of local government.

"Mayor Connors pointed out in his letter that many public officials in the state are considering the consolidation of one or more units of government into a single city. He also pointed out that a recent special report on the subject, financed by the Governor's father, was shown that the consolidation of three villages into a new city would have resulted in the reduction of taxes with no loss of services."

We are certainly making a lot of progress in that area.


Other village news

"Mayor Peacock advised the village board members that had he received a petition signed by 33 of the 54 village employees asking that the Village recognize the New York State Civil Service Employees Organization as their bargaining agent."

"Trustee Araxie Dunn reported she had received complaints about farming and animal husbandry within the village limits. Mrs. Dunn was advised to pursue the matter with a view to updating a 1926 ordinance which forbids such activity in the village."


"Miss Honey Kerr, who until this year, trained at the Olympic Arena with Howard Nicholson, won the Intercollegiate Invitation Free Skating Competition sponsored by the University of Toronto and held at the Toronto Cricket and Skating Club. Honey is a junior at St. Lawrence University."


"Friday, March 1, (1968), the Essex County sales tax will become effective. The combined county and state sales tax to be levied will be five percent."



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