HISTORY IS COOL: 80 years ago

Aug. 30, 1940

Registered aliens

Nine aliens in this resort registered at the Lake Placid post office on Tuesday, the first day decreed by the government for such a requirement. Although the number was small, it represented five nationalities: Japan, Spain, Germany, England and Belgium. Matthew Monahan is in charge of the registration and fingerprinting at the local office.

Dogs and skunks

The silky hair of a poodle may be a fine asset in a dog show, but the judges might not point it so highly when saturated with the delicate aroma resulting from too close contact with a little black animal with a white stripe running down her back.

At least one householder here does not care about dogs at all at the moment or about skunks either for that matter. His neighbor’s children love animals, and a skunk was one of those which they have picked up and befriended. Before leaving on vacation, they placed their new find in a cage in the yard. Through all of these operations, they fared well with no casualties at all.

But since their departure, the mamma skunk has had kittens and can easily be annoyed. One of the objects of her annoyance was the mentioned poodle dog. Frequent washings didn’t help, even with soap that is not “kind to the skin.” Now the householder who was caring for the dog for its absent owner asks, and quite seriously too, “Should I move out, or should I call a policeman and have the dog shot?”

Hillcrest Park work

Workmen employed by the village have started a work project in the municipal park on Hillcrest Avenue.

The park area was partially cleared two years ago to make way for a group of tennis courts. This WPA project was abandoned when so much opposition was forthcoming from nearby residents, although considerable preparatory work had been done in building up the ground for the base. Now workmen will level this off and reseed it so that it will more closely adhere to the original landscaping of the park.

Close Cascade School

Opinion was almost evenly divided on the question of closing the Cascade district schoolhouse, the vote at the school meeting discussing the question being 5-4.

Claude Clark as district superintendent of schools attended the meeting at which C. Water Goff was chairman and Mrs. DeFoe, secretary. The call for the closing of the school was issued by the Lake Placid Central School to eliminate the expense of a teacher inasmuch as the board of education did not think the number of pupils attending warranted it.

A school bus covers the section to transport high school students, the district schoolhouse being confined to the first six grades only. This is one of the last small schools of the past to be taken into the centralization system.

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