HISTORY IS COOL: 90 years ago

Daylight saving

Voters favored daylight saving time for this village in an unofficial balloting held Tuesday in conjunction with the annual village election. In all, 184 voted for it with 147 against. The question now lies with the village board to rule as to its adoption.

The village board discussed daylight saving time for this resort during its weekly meeting on Wednesday but took no definite action.

It was suggested that Mayor George C. Owens confer with Mayor Seaver Miller of Saranac Lake and Mayor P. J. McCarthy of Tupper Lake at an early date to ascertain what those communities plan to do about getting that extra hour of daylight for their citizens this summer.

From this, it would appear that Lake Placid may go along with sister Adirondack resorts in the daylight saving matter.

Those favoring setting the clocks ahead here point out that the majority of summer visitors to Lake Placid come from communities where daylight saving is in vogue and consequently would appreciate operating under the same time while in Lake Placid.

North Elba Chapel

Plans are being made for the early dedication of the vault at the North Elba Cemetery, which was built during the fall and winter.

The chapel constructed through contributions of money, labor and material is nearing completion but still lacks some interior fixtures and furnishings. Following a meeting of the cemetery association, steps are to be built leading to the building, the brick cleaned and the wooden trim remains to be stained. Funds are being sought for pulpits, chairs, ornamental lighting, fireplace fixtures and a casket lowering device.

Church tower stone

The unusually heavy frost of the past winter is attributed as the cause for the fall of a large stone weighing about 100 pounds from the tower of the Community Church. It will be necessary to build a scaffold to replace the stone, which was discovered by Charles Osgood when he arrived to attend his duties as sexton. A stone fell from the tower under similar circumstances last spring.

Bobrun blues

New York state has little hope of ever placing the Mount Van Hoevenberg bobsled run at Lake Placid on a self-supporting basis.

This, according to an Associated Press dispatch, is the opinion of Conservation Commissioner Lithgow Osborne, expressed in his report of the first season of operating the mile and-a-half long run under his department.

“The shortness of the riding season, distance from the large centers of population and the high maintenance costs due to variable weather conditions make it doubtful that the run can ever be placed on a self-supporting basis,” he said.

The run was thrown open to the general public, with a small admission fee, after its use during the Winter Olympics in 1932, for which it was expressly built. It was then that it was placed under supervision of the Conservation Department.

Chilly night

Robins investigating the second day of spring at Lake Placid – if there had been any – would have found the going rather severe. Thermometers of three Saranac Avenue residents registered 4 below zero Thursday morning at 7 o’clock. At noon, the mercury had jumped to 10 above, but an arctic wind from the northwest made it seem as cold as at sunrise. Local residents feel that golf and fishing are a long way off.


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