I Have a nice note in hand, along with various pictures, from my old friend Harry LaBrake of Lake Placid, but as we all know, he is really a Saranac Lake transplant.
I shared a close friend with Harry, Tom Fina, a great Saranac Lake athlete who died in a tragic accident, many years ago, as a volunteer firemen when he came in contact with a downed electric line at a fire on Dorsey Street.
Harry said that winters when there were many below-zero days and not much snow he and Tom would skate the frozen Saranac River all the way from Lake Flower to the locks and back probably about 10 miles.
(Photo courtesy of Harry LaBrake from the LPN, June, 1986)
Also on hand is a copy of the Lake Placid News from the above date with stories from 45 years ago (excerpts follow), so we will get back to more Harry stories at a later date.
Eight Lake Placid Junior Jumpers traveled to Bear Mountain over the weekend for competition Saturday and Sunday. Denny Jesmer won the Junior "A" Class Saturday with jumps of 117 and 122 feet.
Jay Rand Jr., won the Harold Nelson Memorial Trophy for the best single jump in competition. He bettered 50 jumpers, including the seniors, with one jump of 147 feet and 103.1 points.
Donny Colby of Forest Street placed second with jumps of 120 and 121 feet and total points of 169.6. Rand won a close 3rd with 169.2 points. Chuck Berghorn of Sentinel Road jumped 115 and 122 feet for fourth spot with 168.5 points.
In Class II, Matt Bimonte won second with jumps of 110 and 109 feet. His total points were 153.1. Eddie Schissler of Northwood School took third with jumps of 94 and 99 feet.
Rand copped additional honors Sunday with first place in the Junior "A" Class, jumping 144 feet twice, he won with 199.5 points.
Pee Wee hockey games
The Lake Placid Pee Wee Association local league hockey teams held their first games Sunday Night. There are four teams in the league - The Elks, Mountain Motors, Jaycees and the American Legion.
In the first game of the evening, the elks defeated the legion, 4-1. Delbert Lawrence had three goals and Tod Wescott one for the Elks. Steve Martin scored the only light for the Legion.
In the second game, Mountain Motors defeated the Jaycees, 3-1. Ricky Preston scored two goals and Jeff Preston scored one for the motors. George Charette was the lone scorer for the Jaycees.
[There was this short hockey note when the Placid JV team beat Massena 1-0.]
"The deciding goal at 6:10 of the third period, came with the forward line of Glenn Mullarney, Bill Shurter and Dennis Smythe on the ice for Lake Placid. Breaking out of the zone quickly, a long pass to Shurter in center ice caught the Red Raiders with 1 defensive back. Shurter broke in over the blue line, partially faked the remaining defenseman and flipped in a backhand shot from about 6 feet out into the opposite corner of the Massena net."
The Saranac lake central School hosted the sixth Winter carnival competition these are the results from the Girl's Slalom:
Penny Northup, LP; Janet Hurley, LP; Irene Villeneuve, TL;
Carol Torrence, LP; Barbara Richer, TL; Donna Aures, LP; Anne Maltais, TL; Peggy O'Neil, TL; Geraldine VanNortwick, SL and Gail Cantwell, SL.
Almost the same group raced in the Giant Slalom but Hurley was first with Gail Cantwell second with these additional racers in the Giant Slalom event Heidi Hess, Denise Wilson, LP and Carol Gross, TL.
An emergency meeting of the Lake Placid Central School Board of education was called Jan. 4. Supervising Principal Arthur Thompson presented the resignations of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Summerson, effective Jan. 30.
Mr. Summerson is the high school science teacher, Mrs. Summerson [no first name used], is the high school art teacher. The resignations were accepted with regret but with no reason given for the resignations.
Weighted voting for Essex County Board
"The Essex County Board of Supervisors concluded its 1966 agenda Friday with a number of major decisions. For the first time the solons voted according to their new, weighted voting procedure, approved by the voters in the November elections.
"The board approved the new county retirement system; approved the present Medicaid rates set by the state; voted to join the State's planning effort for the area; approved salary increases for five county of officers and authorized collections of the county taxes in the separate towns."
[The first roll call vote was for a resolution to increase the county's payments for employee retirement benefits. The vote was 27-20 but under the old system the vote would have been 13-4. North Elba Supervisor Bill Hurley and Ticonderoga Supervisor Charles Schwerdtfeger voted against it with eight and seven votes respectively. Arthur Douglas of Jay with three votes and Ray Bender of Westport with two votes also voted against it.]
"The largest block of votes under the new system is the eight held by Moriah, but its supervisor, Dominick Ida, voted with the majority. The first vote under the weighted system therefore illustrated the split that is possible, and the fact that the votes of the larger towns can determine legislation."