50 Years Ago - Jan. & Feb. 1959

Many citizens have said how beautiful they thought Warrensburg was before the elm trees were cut down on Main St. to make way for the widening of state Rte. 9.

Tink Gurney, Joe Anselmo and Richard Kline believe that the town should have a "garden club" to grow a large variety of annuals and perennials to make Warrensburg "The Flower Village of the Adirondacks."(Note...It would be 25 more years more before this idea would take root. The Warrensburgh Beautification Committee was founded in 1984, with Florence Carrington as President. Since then, Teresa Whalen and Kaena Peterson have been the prime movers in this organization that over the years have planted trees and flowers to beautify the town. They work hard at preserving town history and have started a successful farmer's market. In 2009 they will celebrate the group's 25th anniversary.)

Local businessmen, firemen ride donkeys

Two basketball games in which the players rode donkeys took place Feb. 28, 1959 at the Warrensburg school. Sponsored by the Senior Class, event proceeds are to be used towards the group's annual trip to Washington, D.C. A group of Warrensburg businessmen played against the firemen in the first game and in the second game the senior boys played against a team composed of their fathers.

In other school sports news, the Burgers Junior Varsity basketball squad, coached by Stan Cranker, copped their third straight victory over Queensbury 54-41. Jerry Bruce took scoring honors for the Burgers with his 15 points, but Brian Pratt followed him closely with his 13 points. The strength of the Burgers was just too much for the Queenies.

Lake George Elementary site purchased

The Lake George Central School Board has obtained an option on 20 acres of land located on Farm-to-Market Rd. one-half mile east of state Rte. 9 which is under consideration as a location for an elementary school. Known as the Stile property, the tract has a road frontage of 1,000 feet.

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