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HISTORY IS COOL: 85 years ago

Feb. 7, 1936

Winter Olympics

The twin cities of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in the Bavarian Alps, Germany, are where athletes of 28 nations are now competing for the highest coveted championships in the world of sports.

The Olympic Ice Stadium is in the middle of the village of Garmisch. With a seating capacity of 10,000, it is open-aired but contains machinery for freezing artificial ice. Here the ice hockey and figure skating competition will be held.

The Riessersee, the lake holding the speedskating rink, is to the southwest, across the Zugspilzbahn railway line. Immediately beyond is the Hausberg, on the north slope of which is the bobrun.

The slalom course will be observed on the east side of the same mountain. This course may be abandoned for a higher one on or near the peak of the Alpspitz. The long downhill racing course lies on the next range to the south, the Kreuzbeck, and will wind throughout the surrounding hills. The 50-meter race will swing far to the east. Other courses have been laid out in the higher terrain of the Zugspitz.

The Olympic ski jumping hill is on the north side, near the foot of Gudiberg Mountain, on the outskirts of Partenkirchen. The superstructure is 262 feet high and contestants are expected to make leaps far surpassing marks made on the 60-meter Olympic hill in 1932.

Buffalo snow train

February snow that lies from 2 to 4 feet deep on mountain and trail will greet the western New York snow train arriving from Buffalo and Rochester over the New York Central lines on Saturday morning.

The visitors will leave Sunday evening. While here, a diversified program will be offered in addition to various ski excursions. Senior two- and four-man National A.A.U. championships will be raced on the Mount Van Hoevenberg bobrun and Valleyfield, one of the star hockey clubs of eastern Canada, will be here for two games with the Lake Placid Athletic club.

Cross-country ski trips, downhill runs over the Mount Whitney course, slalom competitions, and sled dog trips combine to fill the weekend calendar.

Hawk, snake bounties

Only five persons in Essex County collected bounties in 1935, according to a county board of supervisors report. Forty-six hawks and 86 rattlesnakes killed added to the income of John Withington, Earl Frisbie, H. W. Albee, H. F. Carson and Francis Donnelly. Albee received $43.50 for 17 hawks and 35 rattlesnakes, the heaviest kill in the county. A 50-cent bounty is allowed for hawks and one dollar for each rattlesnake.

Groundhog Day

Those who have had enough of fast-lowering coal bins and frosted noses and toes were discouraged Sunday when they discovered the day to be sunny and bright. The groundhog in his annual custom of appearing on Candlemas Day could not help but sight his shadow and scamper back to his hibernating headquarters for another 40 days of winter. Although the day was bitter cold, the sun rode high and the atmosphere was crystal clear.