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HISTORY IS COOL: 88 years ago

Oct. 28, 1932

NY Rangers in town

The New York Rangers, National League hockey champions and finalists for the Stanley Cup, and the Springfield Indians of the Canadian-American league, have entered into their second week of training at the Olympic Arena prior to the opening of the 1932-33 hockey season.

Mountain climbing, golf, plenty of road work along the Adirondack highways in addition to daily workouts on the arena ice will make up the training schedule laid down by Coach Lester Patrick which is fast rounding up members of both teams into tip top physical condition for their first exhibition games scheduled for Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon of this week.

The Rangers arrived in Lake Placid on Oct. 20 for a 10-day stay, but Manager Lester Patrick and members of the team are so highly pleased with the ice and training conditions that they will remain in the village until the opening of the season with the Montreal Maroons on Nov. 10.

Kate Smith sings

Kate Smith, radio and stage star of note, gave of her talents Wednesday night at the Palace Theatre in a benefit performance for the Boy Scouts of Lake Placid.

Nat Brusiloff and his orchestra, who are here to accompany Miss Smith in her broadcasts from the Lake Placid Club where she is a guest, were also heard at the Palace.

Miss Smith recently appeared at a charity ball at the arena and was enthusiastically received by the people who have expressed themselves as deeply appreciative of the kindness of Miss Smith in lending her presence and contributing generously of her vocal gift for local charity.

AuSable Chasm span

In less than three weeks much progress has been made on the construction operations previous to the actual building of the new AuSable River bridge over AuSable Chasm, together with approaches and a strip of the Port Kent road, a project to cost about $200,000. Burr Stark of Troy is the general contractor.

The new bridge, when completed, will rear 150 feet over the AuSable River and will have three spans, one of steel and the others of concrete. Weather permitting, the 40 men on the job will work all winter.

Mr. Stark believes the bridge should be completed by July 1 and the pavement by Aug. 1. The bridge and pavement will cut off all of the village of AuSable Chasm as the road will begin at the schoolhouse at the top of the hill overlooking the old narrow bridge on the Clinton County side, and will end at the new concrete pavement leading to Port Kent on the Essex County side, a distance of about one, one-half miles.

Two steam shovels are presently being used to make the cuts for the new roads. Men are cutting into the south side of the Chasm cliffs, making way for an abutment.

The bridge will be faced with stone masonry, granite and sandstone. The main span will be 226 feet long. The structure will have a 30-foot roadway and sidewalk on either side. About 400 feet of parking space will be provided on the south side of the new bridge approach.

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