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HISTORY IS COOL: 70 years ago

May 9, 1952

Twister damage

There was turmoil on Mirror Lake Tuesday afternoon and it wasn’t from water skiing either. A twister, whirling east over Fawn Ridge hill, cut a narrow swath through the village and as it hit the lake it sent a geyser up into the air at least 150 feet high, dissolving in seconds to a huge white cloud. In its path it is estimated that it did upwards of $75,000 damage in addition to the down timber.

More seriously hit was the section of business blocks from Marshall Drug through the Venetian Gardens. The latter perhaps received the most damage. The glassed-in porch nearly new after the November 1950 storm was completely destroyed and a large addition to the rear of the building was twisted loose from the main structure.

Water ski school

The application of Horace Wilcox to conduct a water ski school on Mirror Lake was denied by the village board at a meeting on May 1, the trustees reaffirming their position as announced on Jan. 28 after the local man’s first application.

Mayor Hunkins commended Mr. Wilcox for his enthusiasm and interest in the welfare of the community and said that after an honest attempt to investigate the obligations to both sides of the controversy it was found that the board would have to stand by its former decision.

Dozens of letters and telephone calls have been received by the board from both local and summer residents heatedly objecting to using power boats on Mirror Lake contrary to the village ordinance and the rights and wishes of property owners on the lake.

John Brown Day

A short memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at the grave of John Brown, the abolitionist, in observance of his birthday. The program is in charge of the Lake Placid chapter of the John Brown Memorial Association. Wreaths will be laid on the grave by two girl scouts while Taps will be sounded by a boy scout. The public is invited. The annual pilgrimage of the National John Brown Memorial Association will be in June.

Fort Ti milestone

On Saturday, May 10, at 2:30 p.m., the 177th anniversary of the capture of Fort Ticonderoga from the British by Ethan Allen will be celebrated with ceremonies at the fort and a pageant reenacting the heroic deed will be performed.

It was in the early hours of the dawn on this date in 1775 that Col. Allen led his undaunted band of Green Mountain Boys against the ramparts with his immortal battle cry, “In the name of the great Jehovah and the Continental Congress.”

Governors Dewey of New York and Emerson of Vermont have already extended their greetings to the fort for this occasion.

In addition, another high spot on the day’s agenda will include the presentation of a bronze medallion by Col. H. Crampton Jones of West Point. The Military Academy, as part of the observation of its sesquicentennial year, has selected Fort Ticonderoga to be one of the limited recipients of these medallions commemorating vital contributors to American military history.