Writing this column on Monday, Dec. 5, the ground is bare and it's 46 degrees.
Obviously the weatherman can bring about a drastic change by Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, when these words are published.
What a difference a mere 53 years makes in the weather pattern. Following are excerpts about the weather and other stories The Enterprise carried in December 1958.
Headline: "Onchiota 'Claims' 36
"The temperature varied in the Saranac Lake area this morning, but it was always cold.
"As usual, the lowest reading was in Onchiota. Hayden Tormey told The Enterprise that Chester Ferris' thermometer went down to 36 below. Tormey's own reading showed a heat wave at 34 below.
"Tormey said he thought there might be some question about the Ferris thermometer, so they brought it the quarter-mile to Tormey's only to find that it checked out perfectly.
"At the Saranac Lake Airport the low last night was 29 below, but as of 11 this morning it had med to 4 above."
Snow in Oswego
"OSWEGO, N.Y. (AP) - Hope gave way to renewed gloom today in this blizzard-stricken city as residents awoke to new snow and a forecast of more.
"Another four inches had fallen overnight, raising to about 6-1/2 feet the pile that has broken roofs, buildings and business and almost broken spirit here in the last five days.
"Two local building contractors estimated damage had reached $500,000 and probably would go higher.
"The battle to repair damage and prevent more resumed to day in zero temperatures with drifts more than 20 feet high."
Centralization group meets
"The centralization meeting was called to order and presided over by Ward Leahy, representative of the Lake Colby School Board.
"Reports had been made previously by Mr. Leahy, Alvin Doty of Gabriels, and Dr. Walter Taylor of Saranac Lake. Others present last night were Mrs. Frederick Klemperer, Mott Chapin, and John Campion of Saranac Lake, Herbert Narsh of Ray Brook and Gould Hoyt, secretary of Keeses Mills.
"The group, after many meetings last year, will prepare a final report to the constituent groups."
Paul Smith's Cotillion
"The Paul Smith's College Winter Cotillion members made last minute preparations for the event which takes place this weekend at the college campus. They are Bill Burt, Ken Snow, Ken Hall, Pete Kane, Rita Anne Morrison, Richard Babeu, Jack Ward, Harry Delk, Carl Mathews, Don Whitehead, Lionel Bibeau and Bill Gary. The 3-day affair calls for a round of parties, dances and dinners. The weekend will be climaxed by a ball on Saturday night."
One of the few bylines in this edition of the Enterprise was on the sport page with a story by James C. Knight.
"The Red and White hoopsters, boasting the leading scorer in the northern League, Mike Buckley, averaging 22 points a game, will go into the contest with high spirits against the league leading Gouverneur Wildcats in a big home game.
"Saranac Lake is tied with Malone for second place in team points with 123, next to Tupper Lake with143. The Red and White is averaging a big 61.5 points a game.
"The sophomore scoring sensation, Mike Buckley, is expected to be the big drawing card at home and away."
[Two other players were mentioned in the story, Jerry Rascoe and Jackie Knight plus the line-up: Bishop, Morgan, (Mickey) Luce, Beebe, Corso, (Ed) Goetz, Ryan, Heck, Boula and (Wayne) McGinnis.]
Fight of the century
The front page of the Enterprise carried a row of pictures across the top of page one about the light heavyweight boxing match in Montreal the night before. There was a long Associated Press story about the fight, a local story by Enterprise published Roger Tubby and a side bar by Mr. Tubby.
The light heavyweight champion Archie Moore was knocked down three times in the first round by Canadian challenger Yvon Durelle, then Moore decked Durelle four times and came back to knock Durelle out in the 11th round. Moore's age at the time was somewhere between 44 and 49. We were at the fight and here are some excerpts from a story by Mr. Tubby
"The six Saranac Lakers who went up last night to the light heavyweight championship fight in Montreal; Bernie Wilson, Jim Sheil, Bill McLaughlin, Howard Riley, Jim Loeb and yours truly, Roger Tubby, thought they'd swear off ever plunking down $15 apiece and driving 250 miles in below zero weather to see a big fight when Durelle dropped Moore for the first time in the first round. It looked then as if the fight was all over."