More news from Lake Placid

This column is the last for the month of June 2013, so I can now jump back 42 years because I have found a copy of the Lake Placid News from June 1971, when Ellen George was editor. Ellen was, in my opinion, one of the best reporters/editors ever.

The school budget

“The Lake Placid school district voters will be asked next Tuesday to approve a $1,410,000 tentative school budget which could hike the tax rate in Lake Placid by $10.25 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. For Wilmington town residents the rate will be $20.97 per $1,000.

“The budget is a two-page series of items which taxpayers will see at the annual meeting Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the school. They will have to vote on its passage, as well as a bus purchase item totaling $26,700 for a 60-passenger bus, a 16-passenger bus and a 9-passenger station wagon.”

Chamber aids festival

“Lake Placid’s Chamber of Commerce has reversed itself and will contribute $1,000 in advertising funds to the Adirondack Champlain Festival (known locally as Lake placid International Artists Festival.)

“At the Tuesday meeting the board voted to agree to a request for funds made by four members of the Festival Committee; Mrs. Raymond C. Prime, Mrs. Pauline Andrews, Mrs. Roland Urfirer and Mrs. Vernon Lamb Jr.

“Chamber President Favor Smith Jr. urged support of the fund donation, saying it was justified if such wide advertising as planned was to be done.”

Junior Chamber of Commerce

“New president of the Lake Placid Junior Chamber of Commerce is Larry Strack. Elected at a recent meeting to serve along with him are the following: Kevin LaBombard, external vice president; Phillip Lawrence, internal vice president; Michael Shea, treasurer; Gary Whittermore, secretary; Wayne Durkee, James Lawson and Lloyd Levitt, Directors.”

Rate changes at Whiteface Memorial Highway

“Whiteface Memorial Highway opened for the summer season on Saturday, May 29. The highway will be open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. until the end of June when the hours are expected to increase according to Superintendent John H. King.

“Changes this year include the separate charge for the use of the elevator being eliminated. New rates for adults are $1.75, for juniors $.75, adults groups of 20 or more $1.50. Junior groups of 20 or more $.75 and the maximum per car will be $6.”

Three graduate from SUNY Potsdam

Three Lake Placid area students were among 844 who graduated Sunday from the State University College at Potsdam during the 137th annual commencement.

“Margaret Jones, daughter of Mrs. Kathryn Jones, 47 Greenwood Street, and the late David W. Jones, bachelor of arts degree in social studies; Patricia Pelkey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Pelkey of Wilmington, bachelor of arts degree in English and Michael G. Williams, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Williams, Johnson Avenue, bachelor of arts degree in computer science.”

Famous dancer

“Edward Vilella, premiere Dadanseur of the New York City Ballet and renowned as a dance artist, will highlight the summer program of the Lake Placid International Arts Festival.

“A dance performance by Edward Vilella and Company at the Agora Theater of the Lake Placid Club July 25 is among seven programs announced this week by the Artists Festival.

“The summer program will also include the following:

A modern dance program by Jose Limon Dance Company in August; the Pickwick Puppet Theater with presentations for children; the Bread and Puppet Theater of Peter Schumann; a Metropolitan Opera Studio presentation of Rossini’s Barber of Seville and Janos Starker, ‘king of the cellists’ in chamber music concerts.”

Study on extended school year

[Here is another plan that surfaces every few years, then just goes away.]

“The extended school year and its effect on the area’s tourist economy will be the subject of a workshop sponsored by the Adirondack Park Association (APA) to meet June 11.

“The APA will meet at the Whiteface Inn for its yearly workshop to hear and discuss the pros and cons of a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Joseph Pisani. Pisani held a legislative committee hearing in Lake Placid last fall. The bill apparently has been with drawn from this session.

‘The bill known as a ‘Continuous Learning Year or an ‘Extended School Year’ as an option for local school boards. In March APA directors recommended a study period of a year before action on the bill.”