HISTORY IS COOL: 90 years ago

April 13, 1934

Second beach?

The question of purchase by the village of the Stevens property on Mirror Lake for use as a public beach and pavilion has again been brought to the attention of the chamber of commerce. E. C. Herb, village clerk and chairman of the public improvement committee of the chamber, presented a communication from the village board of trustees to the chamber of commerce meeting at the arena asking their reaction to the matter.

According to Mayor George C. Owens, a reasonable offer has been made to the village for the five lots bordering the lake. The property has a natural and gradual sloping beach and the land extends back to the highway leading to the Lake Placid Club. The property has long been under advisement as a possible site for a second public bathing park. One is now maintained by the village at the southern end of Mirror Lake but is said to be crowded to the limit of facilities at the height of the bathing season.

Many residents have urged in the past that a second beach be purchased and a bathing pavilion built which would provide recreational facilities to include a dance floor where tea dances might be held with local hotel orchestras providing the music.

Whiteface memorial

The bill providing for a World War monument on Whiteface Mountain was passed by the Assembly and sent to the Senate Wednesday. The vote was 120-10. Its sponsor in the Assembly was Fred. L. Porter, an Essex County Republican.

The proposed memorial is the 70-foot granite shaft designed by Col. Frederick Stewart Greene, state superintendent of Public Works. Several groups of nature lovers and conservationists bitterly oppose the plan for the shaft on the ground that it would destroy the beauty of Whiteface Mountain.

Col. Greene’s plans call for a perpetual beacon in the shaft as a memorial to the war dead. The monument is designed to stand at the top of the mile-high Whiteface highway now under construction.

Football practice

Coach “Tommy” Manning is putting the finishing touches to the spring training course he is giving the Lake Placid High School squad in the gymnasium.

Putting the 11 and subs that he hopes to use in league play next fall through a stiff regime of blocking and tackling, forward pass work and signals, Manning has also been giving the players a series of blackboard talks to make the game clearer. In all, 27 students reported for the training. Manning, who also coaches baseball, said he expects to get his spring lineup on the diamond late this week if the sod dries up enough.

Play ball!

William Pratt has again been chosen as manager of the Lake Placid Shamrocks, the baseball team representing this village on northern New York diamonds. The Shamrocks lost but four games of the 26 played last season.

The first game is scheduled for May 13 at the airport field.

Several twilight games will be played with C.C.C. nines on Wednesday nights. Emerson Rand, well-known league player, will coach the Irish team until June 1.


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