From the Times Files – Harness racing to reopen in Bomoseen

Compiled by Erik Pekar

75 years ago, March 4, 1948

Last Friday night’s meeting of the Whitehall Grange was highlighted by the interesting hobby presented by Mrs. Katherine Leddick, who displayed a set of Wedgewood dishes, an Iroquois Indian’s skull, 1848 handbills from Whitehall’s history and early documents in the handwriting of Major Philip Skene. Mrs. Leddick is an authority on antiques.

Entry blanks for the Annual Town Tournament in basketball are nearly gone. There is one opening left before the entries are complete. Tentative dates for the event are April 2-4. Entries already accepted include the American Legion Stars, Steven’s Pontiac, Woodcock’s Devils, Wetherby’s Shell, Roma Restaurant, Collegians and Merchant Juniors.

With the annual village election scheduled for one week from next Tuesday, March 16, the political pot is commencing to simmer. The Republican incumbents, Albert A. St. Claire and George Doig, are being opposed by P. S. B. Adams and Alan J. Woodard, Democrats, and all signs point to a red-hot contest.

Plans are being made to reopen vicinity harness racing according to an item in the Fair Haven Era. Raymond Wheelock, who owns and manages tourist accommodations in Bomoseen, announced recently that he, Joseph Bellerine and Harry Loomis will reopen Bomoseen raceway this year.

Whitehall’s early spring dissolved in a mass of flying flakes last Friday when local dwellers plodded to work through ankle deep drifts. Newly shoveled walks were again submerged beneath icy slush, traffic tied up, and the village snow removal equipment went into action again.

The annual Corporate Communion of Whitehall Council No. 276, Knights of Columbus, will take place at the 8 o’clock Mass in Notre Dame des Victoires Church on Sunday, March 14. The annual breakfast will be served at the New Arlington hotel following the Mass.

Basketball: A free throw from the foul line by Granville’s Gene Smith blasted Whitehall’s hopes here Thursday as the Golden Horde downed the Maroon 44-43. Hal Neddo paced the locals with 13 points.

Whitehall’s drive to raise $1,000 for the American Red Cross got underway this week. Harold Barber is chairman of the campaign and Leonard Foster is chairman of the local branch. 33 1/3 percent of all campaign money collected in Whitehall will remain in this village.

At the Capitol: Thursday and Friday, “Gone With The Wind”; Saturday, “The Marauders” and “Second Chance”; Sunday and Monday, “Road to Rio”; Tuesday and Wednesday, “The Gay Ranchero” and “The Private Affairs of Bel Ami”.

Births: a son, George Thomas, to Mr. and Mrs. Owen Lavin, Whitehall village.

Weddings: Joyce V. McKee, Whitehall village and Gerald Terry, Clemons;

Obituaries: Mrs. Alice Stoughton Keenan, Whitehall village; LeRoy E. Middleworth, Hudson Falls; Miss Helen Inglee, formerly of Whitehall; funeral of George Brett, Whitehall village; Mrs. Joseph Wood, Whitehall village; Mrs. Fannie Juckett, Middlebury, Vermont; Mrs. Mary Quigley, Fair Haven, Vermont; Albert Smith, Webster, formerly of Putnam.


50 years ago, March 8, 1973

The Whitehall Chamber of Commerce was advised Monday that the Liberty Home plant project is now back on schedule and should be completed by the May target date, industrial committee member Billy Fragnoli told the monthly luncheon meeting in the Roma restaurant that the steel is now being erected and the advent of good weather should now hasten the construction. Fragnoli, reporting in the absence of Chairman Frank Millet, said that the committee had also had an inquiry from another industry concerning building sites in Whitehall. Chairman Robert Kana of the Man and Woman of The Year committee told the Chamber that 22 nominations have been received to date. President Ronald R. Burns, reporting on the annual Winter Ball, said that the affair had been a social, as well as financial, success.

Francis Borden of Huletts Landing has been appointed to fill the vacancy on the Whitehall Central school district board of education caused by the resignation of Mario LaPenta, it was announced at the February meeting of the board. Mr. Borden’s appointment will extend until the annual school election on June 30. The appointment is the second to be made by the board to fill a vacancy this year. In December, the board named Mrs. Martha Affinito to replace Emerson Beckwith who resigned last August.

Whitehall council, No. 276, Knights of Columbus, will hold a dinner-dance on St. Patrick’s night, Saturday, March 17, at the council home. An Irish dinner will be served at 6:30 o’clock. Dave Carr and Bill Jones will furnish music for dancing from 9 to 2. The affair is open to the public. Ben Raino is general chairman and Bob Hoy is in charge of tickets. Bob Adams and his kitchen committee will be in charge of the dinner.

32 Junior and Senior band members from Whitehall High school took part Sunday afternoon in the annual Slate Valley Music Festival, conducted this year at Fair Haven Union High school. School musicians from Fair Haven and Poultney, Vermont, Whitehall and Granville participated.

Harold Spiezio of Middle Falls was appointed Washington county deputy sheriff by Sheriff Clyde M. Cook on March 1. Spiezio will begin his duties immediately and will be attending the next basic training course.

Basketball: An outmatched Whitehall High team was routed, 74-35, by Mechanicville in the opening round of the Section Two Class C playoffs at Hudson Falls last Friday night. Tim Layden and Mark Nichols paced the Maroon with 10 each.

No births or weddings reported.

Obituaries: Roy “Nick” Baker, Whitehall village; Joseph Gebo, Glens Falls; Mr. Verkinia Markarian Aveilhe, Longmeadow, Massachusetts.


25 years ago, March 5, 1998

Everyone is invited to a St. Patrick’s Day dance on Saturday, March 21. This event is to benefit the Music Boosters. It will be held at the Skenesborough Fire House on the Boulevard, in Whitehall, from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. The band of the evening will be Pete Telisky, Andy Gordon, Marty Gordon, and Mark DeLuca. They were so well received at the Homecoming Dance this past October, everyone has been waiting to enjoy them again. Doors will open at 8:15 p.m.; tickets are $5 per person.

The first annual Whitehall Winter Festival, held the weekend of Feb. 13-15, was a great start for the new event. The Friday night parade featured a Skene Manor float, Stemstock with a racing outhouse float, and the Whitehall officials passed out cocoa on a float. The Stem concert took place Friday night. Megan and Mark Rovelli won first place in the snow sculpture contest on Saturday.

Jami’s Second Impressions has opened a coffee corner in the store. They also offer chocolate covered biscotti, cookies, donuts or similar goodies. The store has been arranged to allow seating at comfortable tables or couch to give the customers a chance to take a break, stay in out of the cold weather and enjoy their coffee.

The responses have been received for the questionnaires sent to the candidates for the Whitehall village election, for two trustee positions. The candidates are John Greenough (D), Terry LaChapelle (R), Robert Rozell (R), and Ronald Rushia (D).

Putnam: Rose Blood will no longer be taking the Washington County Republican Women’s memberships in the Town of Putnam. The 1998 memberships will be due by April. Should there be anyone of the Putnam Republican women who may be interested in taking over the membership drive, she would be happy to help one who would like to take it over or explain the drive.

No births or weddings reported.

Obituaries: Walter Spencer, Ticonderoga, formerly of Whitehall; Phillip Bascue, Kingsbury, formerly of Whitehall.