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HISTORY IS COOL: 75 years ago

Sept. 27, 1946

Daylight time

If you’re guilty of attending church or meeting a bus or train an hour ahead of time on Sunday morning, it will be because you neglected to turn your clock back an hour before retiring Saturday night. Daylight Saving Time ends officially at 2 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 29.

1952 Olympic bid

This winter resort village, home of the third Olympic Winter Games in 1932, will be represented on the new U.S. Olympic Committee for the 1948 games.

Willis Wells, supervisor of the town of North Elba, who served as vice president of the third Olympic Winter Games committee, and who was one of the leaders in bringing the games to the U.S. at the time, was unanimously elected a member of the new committee in New York this week.

The 1948 winter games have definitely been awarded to Switzerland, but Lake Placid’s bid for the 1952 games, which was presented by Mr. Wells, was unanimously endorsed by the Olympic body.

George Stearns of Saranac Lake was appointed chairman of the Olympic bobsled committee with Bob Washbond of Keene Valley as vice chairman. Elwood Kerr of Lake Placid was appointed secretary of the committee. The bobsled tryout that will determine the U.S. squad in the 1948 games will be held on the Olympic bobsled run in Lake Placid in February.

Pea packing pride

Credit for helping to produce one of the largest packs of canned peas on record at a time when an abundant food supply is a world problem went to the farmers and canners of New York, one of the country’s leading pea producing states.

Although no official state or national figures have as yet been compiled, L. W. Graaskamp of the American Can Company estimates that the nation’s canned pea pack this year will be about 38.5 million cases, or more than 900 million cans of peas. This is a conservative estimate and is based on the quantity of cans supplied for the crop and information obtained from growers, canners and other sources.

Whiteface trails

Ski enthusiasts will be able to get a preview of the big Whiteface Mountain Ski development this winter, Conservation Commissioner Perry Duryea said this week in announcing that three trails and slopes for novices and beginners have been cleared.

“Work on the access road,” Duryea said, “should be virtually completed this fall, according to schedules of the State Public Works Department, which started the job this week following repeated failure of contract offerings to attract private bidders.”

Even if early contracts could have been let, he added, the shortage of steel for the ski towers would have deferred that phase of work until the spring.

“Now that the road construction bottleneck has been removed,” Duryea said, “contracts can be let for the construction of the ski lodge and the lifts, among the longest in the world, with work slated to begin on them in the spring in an effort to rush the project to completion by the following winter.”