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GREENWICH JOURNAL Page 4 S A L E M P R E S S Thursday, April 29,1999 Editorial We don’t understand We just don’t understand. We read of concern about gambling, that it becomes addictive. It has been thought that participants who lack the extra income to gamble squander monies needed for necessities. Yet, most of the states in this country conduct lotteries, and there are inter-state mega lotteries. Most states have a series of lotteries: daily, pick four, and the Jike. These lotteries are supposed to help finance state mandates for schools, but high tax levies for schools do not seem to decrease. In fact, compare your school tax levy of ten, twenty or so years ago. Quite an increase, what? Federal law does not permit a publication that is sent through the mail to mention any form of lottery, raffle, or games of chance, yet the states can request publications to publish advertisements for their state lotteries. That is permitted. Now the State of New York has brought back a gimmick. People can participate via a Lotto subscription mail-in service. This gambling auto­ matically went into effect in March. It is estimated that about 100,000 people had played through a similar subscription service in effect previ­ ously. We grant that with the propensity of mankind to take chances, lotter­ ies are a good way to raise funds. They must be, as it is estimated that the state lottery brings in about $1.5 billion a year. There is always the hope one will win the big bucks. What we don’t know is how that money is divided between management and production costs and educational or other public distribution to ease costs on the tax payer. Nor do we know if this amount of money might be invested in goods boosting the economy. Perhaps rather than advertising its games so frequently and luring money from people who can ill afford to waste it, the state lottery should he doing more to defray taxpayer expenses and returning more money to our schools. Commentary Hate crimes P l a c i n g t h e b l a m e by Tony Basile Deranged high school students turn guns and pipe bombs on their class­ mates, targeting blacks, Hispanics and student athletes. College students tie a classmate to a fence and beat him to death because he is gay. White adults drag a black man behind a pickup truck until he is decapitated. City police officers put 14 bullets into an unarmed immigrant while he is standing in the doorway ofhis own home, proud to be an American. Sheriffs shoot a woman and a 14-year-old boy in Ruby Ridge. FBI agents under the direction ofthe United States Attorney General attack a religious cult, resulting in the deaths of 75 men, women and children. Former soldiers from Fort Rilev plan and carry out the bombing of a federal building. Swastikas hang on the walls of U.S. Army barracks in Fort Bragg. Black churches bum to the ground. Synagogues are defaced with spray paint, and grave stones are overturned in Jewish cemeteries. The K K K still burns crosses throughout the nation. In every major city, gang members, even those of the same ethnic origin, kill each other daily, and often kill innocent bystanders as well. As the blood is shed, the victims buried, the buildings rebuilt or demolished and the damages repaired, all seek an answer to the question - Why? In a nation that boasts the world's largest diversity of racial, ethnic and religious cultures living, working and socializing together, what has gone wrong? After all, with the exception of the red men who inhabited this country before the European invasion, we all have our roots elsewhere. Has the great \Melting Pot\ become a boiling cauldron of incompatible elements? While some point to the proliferation of guns as the cause, others blame violence on television and in the movies. Many target today's music, with Black Rap and White Gothic both advocating violence and death. Still others charge that the law has stripped parents and teachers of the tool of corporal punishment, which gave the youth of yesteryear some respect for authority. The lack of religious principles in our lives has been said to be the cause by those who have forgotten how many innocents have been and still are being slaughtered in the name of God, Jesus, Allah, Yahweh, etc. The lack of role models among our professional athletes and political leaders has been cited by others as a ma­ jor contributing cause of the misdirection of society in general and youth in particular. Is it the nature of modern society, or is it just the nature of man? Despite much verbosity to the contrary, we were never really a nation of brotherly love, at least in so far as we had a very narrow definition of who was our brother. From the beginning, we always attempted to force our will upon others, particularly those who were different from us, by violence, as did the native red men who were here before us. But this is not purely an American trait. We are not sending troops to Kosovo to interfere in a religious war that has been ongoing for more centuries than this nation is old. attempting to stop the violence between them with a heavy duty dose of our own brand of violence. Having a national polic> of \He who can be the most violent wins,1' is it any wonder that the concept trickles down to our children? In their short lifetimes, the powers that be have visited American style violence upon many nations, a few of which we had customarily visited by cruise ship or package tour right until the day hostilities began, and they used a lot of governmental violence on American citizens as well. Then we play back the violence as dinnertime fare on the six o'clock news, with as much \might makes right 1 propaganda as our patriotism can muster. Where do we dare to place the blame? Needlework show at Hildene Applications to exhibit needlework at the 16th annual Needlework Show at Robert Todd Lincoln’s home, Hildene, in Manchester, Vt., must be submitted by Wednesday or Thursday, April 28/29, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Main House. Prior to April 28, they will be accepted at the Visitors' Centre during the same hours. In this area, applications are avail­ able at the Needleworks LTD, Main Street, Greenwich. The show will be held on May 7, 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Greenwich Journal & Salem Press ^ (UPS 229-380) Established October 13,1842 Sally B. Tefft, Publisher Sally B. Tefft, Managing Editor Published every Thursday by Tefft Publishers, Inc. 35 Salem St., Greenwich, N.Y. 12834-0185 Telephone: [518] 692-2266 - FAX# [518] 692-2589 Office hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to noon & 1:00 to 4:39 p.m. Official Newspaper for the Towns of: Greenwich, Salim and Argyle; & the Villages of: Greenwich, Argyle and Victory. Subscription Rates-Onc Year Washington County -$24.00 All Others - $27.00 Single Copy - 60 cents Subscribers: To insure timely delivery* please notify us immediately of any change in address or correction POSTMASTER: Sand (Mrisi ctamwtoTh* JdurnilPrest, P.O.Box 185, GreMiwfcfc, N.Y. 1Z834-0185. Periodical Postage paid in Greenwich, NeM' York, 12?34 * Sally B. Tefft- President, Treasurer Vice President, Secretary NEWCO Menus Monday, May 3 - Meatloaf, baked potatoes, stewed tomatoes, whole wheat bread, apricots. Tuesday, May 4 - Chicken caccia- tore, rotini pasta, green peas, Italian bread, fruit cocktail cake. Wednesday, May 5 - Beef bur­ gundy, mashed spuds, green beans, whole grain bread, pineapple ring/cherry. Thursday, May 6 - Baked ham, fresh sweet potato, steamed cabbage, pumpernickel bread, banana. Friday, May 7 - Stuffed pepper, Spanish rice, cauliflower, rye bread, peach cobbler. O ur C entury A J o u r n a l o f L o c a l T w e n t i e t h C e n t u r y H i s t o r y g l e a n e d f r o m t h e p a c e s o f T h e G r e e n w ic h / o u r v a l a n d S a l e m P ress H o tel named after bottled water The Hamilton House, the hotel in Qreenwich which had closed its doors in November 1925 was purchased in 1926 by the Home Comfort Hotel Company, which was also fo operate the Hotel Cambridge and a new hotel in Qranville. In the spring remodeling/renovation work began on the structure. This included the installation of hot and cold running water into each room, rtew bathrooms, new equipment and new floors. A dinner attended by 200 persons at the hotel on June 30 celebrated the hotel's re-opening under its new name, the White Swan. One of the hotel company's principal stockholders was owner of the White Swan bottled water concern of Fort Edward, To honor him, the new name was given to the old hotel. The manager was Fred C. Qrol of Syracuse. , A pioneering snowmobiler I Dr. I. M . Schneible operated what was probably the first “snowmobile\ anywhere in the state of New York when in early February 1926 he had his Ford automobile converted for winter use by M. A. Petteys, The vehicle was \fitted with extra rear wheels fo carry caterpillar-style belts with runners in front instead of tires.\ Following a storm later in the month, Dr. Schneible was able to visit patients in the country where snowplows had not penetrated. The journal later wrote that after the conversion, the Qreenwich doctor \has since had more fun than a boy with a new bicycle, and his outfit has attracted as much attention as a circus parade.\ Fires and suspicion o f a fire bug A fire on March 1 0 completely destroyed the Lauderdale House and all of its boats at the north end of Lake Lauderdale. The owner, August Kalohn, who, there alone, was awakened by the crackling of flames at 1:30 a.m., escaped with only the first things he grabbed on the way out ofthe burning structure: three bathing suits and a straw hat. The Salem motor pumper w<is called but was delayed in arriving by a road blocked with snow drifts. Neighbors who formed a bucket brigade to fight the fire were unable to save the hotel built in 1881 by Eben Whitcomb. Later in the year a new, smaller Lauderdale House was built at the same location. In Qreenwich a series of suspicious fires had begun late in 1925 when a shed of fhe old Palmer mill burned in Mill Hollow. In March, on the Easton side of the village, the Eddy Plow company storehouse and all of its contents (plows made during the winter and other agricultural equipment from the Moline Company) was destroyed by fire. On April 7 Hallam s blacksmith shop near Mill Street was set afire by someone who had set a match to burlap bags soaked in kerosene. That fire, discovered and put out immediately by passersby, alerted the town to the unwanted presence of a fire bug. A fire on April 26, which destroyed the Berkowitz barn, was also blamed on the arsonist. On May 1 0 , when the Mohican Pulp Company (which had been idle for two years) in Middle Falls burned fo the ground, concern heightened, but whoever it was that started any or all of the suspicious fires was not apprehended during the year. Schuylerville observed the nation's sesqui-centennial From Sunday, July 4, to Wednesday, July 7, Schuylerville was fhe site of a grand celebration in observance ofthe sesqui-centennial of the United States. The four-day program witnessed parades by the Sons of Italy, the Masons, the Knights of Columbus, and the Foresters of America and the Odd Fellows. Two pageants were staged: “The Adoption of the Declaration of Independence” and \The Surrender of Burgoyne.\ The guest speaker for the event was Senator Royal Coolidge. Flags, bunting, and strings of colored lights were everywhere along the village's principal streets. As many as 10,000 people were in town for the festivities on July 4. Colonial Day, July 7, saw many of Schuylerville s citizens dressed in colonial garb and doing their best to imitate the manners and customs of 1776. Fort Hardy Park was the site of the pageants and the Colonial dance which closed fhe celebration. A new park and an unveiling On July 12 , Liberty Post's American Legion Auxiliary purchaser Qeorge Trumbull's coal yard and store house at the corner of Main Street and Corliss Avenue in Qreenwich. There they later had constructed a memorial park dedicated to fhe memory of \those of the community who served in the World War.\ On July 18, at Baptist Church Park, between Church and Salem streets, the unveiling of a stone and plaque in memory of Job Whipple took place. The monument was a gift of a Whipple descendent, Mrs. Leonard Qiles of Troy. Job Whipple came to Qreenwich from Rhode Island about 1791 and purchased much ofthe land on both sides of the Batten Kill which is now the village of Qreenwich. He constructed a new dam across the river and soon had grist and saw mills in operation, Later he attracted William Mowry to his village, and together they established one of this nation's first cotton mills (1800-1845) on the banks ofthe kill. The village which grew up around Whipple's industry was informally known as Whipple City until 1809 when it was incorporated as Union Village. Whipple was its second president, elected in 1811. The village name was changed to Qreenwich in 1867. Other gatherings A large crowd, estimated at about 2000 , gathered at a farm just south of the village of Salem on July 24. Most, however, where not participants, but rather specta­ tors at a distance. The others were members of fhe Ku Klux Klan from far and wide (although a good number of the \hooded and sheeted\ men were from the local area). A s the meeting was about to begin a large number of cars pulled into the farm and formed a cordon. Klansmen emerged from the cars, “100 or more,\ each carrying \a short club and whistle.” Soon thereafter other cars carrying more sheeted K K K members pulled into the guarded enclosure and began what became a three-hour set of ceremonies. Two \fiery crosses\ were burned during the affair, and state police and county sheriff deputies were kept busy controlling traffic along the road. The hoods worn by the Klansmen did not cover their faces, A very different ceremony took place on Qray Avenue on September 18 when the cornerstone for fhe new Qreenwich Union Free School was laid. The school’s pupils and faculty and many citizens heard two addresses and witnessed the placing of the \1926“ stone in a wall which was otherwise largely complete. Inside was placed a copper box which contained two issues of The Qreenwich Journal, clippings from /W < s n i n g ^ j / \ c t v e . n i u r e s by D o rothy WIsai'Met* Flowering crabapples Every Mother's Day, I can generally count on my family giving me plants for the garden. The rhododendrons my daughter gave me years ago now stand taller than I do. The saucer magnolia my husband gave me has bloomed every spring, but one. The reason for that was that a saucer magnolia isn't rock-hardy this far north, but as we have it in a protected area, it has thrived and bloomed regularly. One winter, it was so bitterly cold every bud was killed. Fortunately, however, the tree survived to bloom next spring, and ever spring, after that. One year my son gave me a lovely flowering crabapple tree. Today it stands about 20 feet tali and seems to be able to survive anything the weather can throw at it. Every spring it covers itself with lovely pale pink flowers. Every autumn it bears a good crop of clusters of small, red, quite tart crab­ apples. I've never harvested those crab­ apples, however, because my recipe for making crabapple jelly calls for quite a bit of sugar, and I'm not allowed to eat sugar. Consequently, our tree's crabapples generally end up drying and dropping to the ground where I quickly rake them up coinc late spring. This year there will be no crabapple leftovers bn the lawn, A flock of rbbins suddenly appeared in mid-March, when the snow lay deep on the ground. I was worried about what they would eat until I noticed that they had solved their own problem. They immediately and happily set to work eating just about every clus­ ter of crabapples on our tree, and if the fruit was bitter, they certainly weren't complaining. They seemed happy just to have a few days of good eating. So, thinking about those robins, and after I had done a little research on crabapples, when my husband asked what I'd like for this Mother's Day, I asked for another flowering crabapple tree. He seemed a bit puzzled until I told him that I had read how since I got my present tree, as beautiful as it is, there's been a host of more modern crabapple cultivars introduced, many having even better disease resistance than our pre­ sent one. Crabapples come in a great range of colors, from white to pink to red flow­ ers, some quite fragrant, and, to top it all off, some crabapples have green leaves, others have reddish purple leaves. What a wonderful choice of trees to pick from...and, I added with a smile, maybe some future late winter's day, a flock of much-too-early return­ ing robins will once again find food for themselves in the fruit of our lovely flowering crabapples. various newspapers concerning the burning of the old school and the building of the new one, lists of the names of the school's 1926 pupils, and a one hundred year old (1826) United States penny. The school would be ready for its students in 1927. N e w s c h o o l w a s d e d ica ted The copper box on the table at the speaker's side was placed inside the \1926\ cornerstone at the new Qreenwich Union Free School in 1926. Other news o f 19id January 26- Salem's Congressman James S. Parker had lunch with President Coolidge. March - Qreenwich village voters approved the purchase of an American-LaFrance motor pumper with chemical capacity, extinguishers, and a quantity of hose. It could deliver 6000 gallons of water a minute and carried two ladders. April - Work on the road over Tongue Mountain, Lake Qeorge, began. Snake bite kits were issued fo all workmen on the road later in the year. Men and boys aged 1 6 and over were, for the first time, required to purchase ($1.25) fishing licenses (which were also good for hunting and trapping). Younger boys and women did not have to be licensed to head out on April 3 to angle for trout. May - Standard Oil service stations were popping up - in Qreenwich at the corner of Washington and Main, above Center Falls, at the junction of the Salem and Cossayuna roads, at the bend of the road \this side\ of the Schuylerville bridge, at the main corner in Argyle, and on the town line between Argyle and Fort Edward: \If John D's company doesn't get fhe lion's share of fhe gas and oil business around these parts it won't be because of lack of refueling facilities.\ June - A new state law would allow persons aged 1 6 to 18 to drive during daylight hours if they lived in a rural community and were regarded as responsible young men and women. August - The thirteenth annual Chautauqua in Qreenwich was under a tent at fhe corner of Hill Street and Corliss Avenue. Construction of the new school ruled out its former grounds. Center Falls citizens approved construction of a new, 2 - room schoolhouse for their district. September 4 - Salem shoemaker Quy Capuano was slashed by a razor-wielding mid­ night visitor whom he did not know. September 16 - The Manhattan Shirt Company in Salem was robbed in the night of 36 shirts.^ September 20 - The Qreenwich factory of ihe same company lost 2400 yards of cloth to thieves. November - The Burgoyne Trail (now Route 4) from Thomson to Fort Edward opened. The Phoenix Paper plant in Battenville reopened after undergoing reorganization. December 27 - Ben Hur, starring Ramon Novarro and Francis X. Bushman began a three-day showing at the Empire Theatre in Qlens Falls. BOCES courses for Responds fo burglary May and June The Community Adult Learning Center of Washington, Saratoga, Warren, Hamilton, Essex BOCFS an­ nounces openings in the spring Con­ tinuing Education Program for courses starting in May and June. Computer courses include: More Microsoft Word, Microsoft Access. Mi­ crosoft Excel, Microsoft Power Point, and Windows 95/98 Three day Power Sessions. These courses will be held at the I:. Donald Myers Education Center in Saratoga Springs. Some courses are offered on weekday mornings. Contact the Community Adult Learning Center in Saratoga Springs for registration in­ formation or to receive a copy of the Continuing Education Program brochure. Spinning workshop An Introduction to Spinning Work­ shop will be held at Merck Forest and Farmland Center in Rupert. Vt., on May 1 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Spend four hours learning the basics of work­ ing with wool including washing, card­ ing, dyeing and spinning with accomplished spinner, Glenn Cratty and his mom, Irene. Learn how to use a drop spindle and a spinning wheel. Learn about \solar dyeing\ and dyeing with natural dyestuffs. Yarn and prac­ tice wool will be provided both to use in the workshop and take home to prac­ tice. There is a charge. Bring a lunch. Call for reservations. The Washington County Sheriffs Department responded to a call on Saturday, April 1, about 7:30 a.m., to ( the scene of a reported burglary The residents of the downstairs apartment at 429 Lower Main Street in Fort Edward discovered that the front door of their apartment had been kicked open. Further investigation showed that the door to the upstairs apartment had been kicked open also. Members of the sheriffs department conducted a search of the upstairs apartment and discovered Ernest A. Stimpson, 39, asleep in the bedroom. He was taken into custody without incident. Investigation revealed that Stimpson was an acquaintance of the upstairs tenant who was not at home. It is alleged that due to an intoxicated con­ dition, Stimpson had mistaken the door to the downstairs for that which led to the upstairs so had kicked it in first. Stimpson was charged with two counts of Criminal Mischief 3rd de­ gree. both Class F, Felonies, and one count of Criminal Trespass 2nd degree, a Class A Misdemeanor. He was arraigned in Fort Edward Town Court and remanded to the Washington County Correctional Facil­ ity in lieu of $ 1500 cash bail. The arrest was made by Deputies Don Jett, and Matt Lohret and Sergeant Bryn Reynolds, assisted by Investigator Bruce Hamilton. t h e Jo u r n a .1 -P r e s s 4/29/99 Weekly Crossword C L U E S A C R O S S 1. Fla. tourist attraction 8 . Ductless gland 9. Motor car 10. Paradise 11. Wind 14. N. A.highest pt. 16. Check 18. Geological times 22. Love intensely 23. Senior citizen 24. 1970 George C. Scott horror film C L U E S DOWN 1. End 2. Nouveau riche 3. Rattan 4. Man-made fiber 5. American state 6 . Play period, for short 7. Felony 12. UC Berkeley 13. Echinoderm 14. Communist 15. _W a r , 1853-1856 17. Telescope, e.g. 19. Spokes 20. Gesticulate 21. 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