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•50 Years Ago - March, 1959•

Support for Northway construction increases

The proposed alternative route for the Adirondack Northway was approved overwhelmingly by both houses of the legislature. This Northway"Route B" would run from Warrensburg through Chestertown and Pottersville, traversing a course west of Schroon Lake. Warren County Chambers of Commerce and supporters are now launching an educational program in support of a constitutional amendment, necessary because the route would run over 246 acres of forest preserve. The referendum will go before the voters Nov. 3, 1959. Pointing The Committee for an Adirondack Northway feels that a misguided devotion to the "forever wild" concept could result in the defeat of the amendment by voters.

The Adirondack Northway will extend from Albany to the Canadian border, a distance of 175 miles.

The Adirondack Northway bill was shepherded through the state assembly March 23, 1959 by Warren County Assemblyman Richard J. Bartlett . It passed by a commanding margin in both the state assembly and senate.

Senior class play a knockout

A capacity audience applauded the presentation of the Senior class play March 13, 1959 at the Warrensburg School. Entitled, "We Shook the Family Tree," it was a hilarious comedy. In the cast were Bonnie Binder, John Binder, Betsey Remington, Rod Kenyon, Bob Millward, Dick Kline, Charles Barton, Valerie Pratt, Pat Hastings, Candy Combs, Sarah Farrar and Ruthellen Mundy. Jean Frulla was director and Patrica Olden was business manager.

The school band performed beautifully under the direction of Kenneth Niles. A trombone quartet composed of Bob Fisher, Bob Millward, Dave Cornell and Paul Gilchrist played, "Drink to me only with Thine Eyes."

Mousetrap's blessed event

There was much excitement at the D.E. Pasco & Son Hardware Store (now Curtis Lumber) on River Street, Warrensburg, with Bud Olden acting as intern, when Mousetrap, the store cat, gave birth to four kittens. They were named Forrestine Ameruck Pasco, Del-Phinium Revere Pasco, Kietheitia Sunbeam Pasco and Max Well Rid-X Pasco. (The late Bud Olden later went on to become a town Councilman).

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