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Press-Republican. (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) 1966-current, March 22, 1979, Image 18

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Acqutsto • W — -$ 12 3 1 — 1 1J 1 <t> and • MM '5' 8) and 1 Hft»— ft* - 11 11 3 - 14 13 8 s best has ap- re rather >u Tigers is current years yet iger and ns ^ ._, , . , , , t . „ _ ,.,.,.„,...,.. . _... _ .I. 77 gains first woman mayor in surprise victory ByTOMBERGIN Staff Writer Southern Essex Bureau , TICONDEROGA - There were shouts of joy and surprise among local Democrats who managed to capture the village of Ticonderoga mayoral seat for the first time in decades Tuesday. The surprise, lopsided victory for village mayor-elect Virginia \Babe\ Smith, capped a well fought campaign by both Republicans and Democrats which was devoid of any mud slinging. Smith is the first woman mayor in the history of the village of Ticonderoga and her 648-451 victory over challenger Fayette 0. Spring was enough to blunt the Democrats failure to capture either trustee position. A proposition to' allow 'aTTlVe volunteer firemen of the village of Ticonderoga a $500 exemption on their real property tax assessment passed handily. Smith was, needless to say, elated over the results while challenger Spring was dejected and somewhat bitter. The results surprised Spring and other Republicans who were confident of sweeping all three posi- tions on the board. Spring said, \I did the best I could.' 1 He said he anticipated a closer vote and the defeated can- didate lamented, \It was the water Last hurrah? Ticonderoga Village Mayor John C. Dreimiller (center) presides over his final board meeting before he leaves office on April 1 . after eight years of ser- vice to the community* But Dreimiller says he's not through with politics and has hinted that he'll try for the town super- visor's post in November. Flanking Dreimiller is Public Works Superin- tendent Bill Rooker and Village Clerk Marge Mc- Cormick. (PR staff photo by Tom Bergin) Keeseville elects Laundree, Harper KEESEVILLE — In Keeseville Tuesday night, 57 voters turned out to elect two village trustees. Gerald Laundree ran unopposed for one trustee position and was elected to his second full term with 45 votes. \* Raymond Harper was also unop- posed for the other trustee position. He was elected to his second term with 49 votes. Both trustees are members of the essive Pi THE BEST DRESS LOOKS ARE AIR STEP! $ 31 Sues 5&-10B 5 ^ AA-10AA meter issue that got us.\ Obviously upset with the outcome, Spring said, \I've got the better end of the bargain. I won't have to serve on that board.\ There is a vacancy created on the board as Smith takes over the mayor's chair in April. Spring had been mentioned as a possible can- didate for the position. Spring said he wouldn't accept the spot if it were offered. In the meantime, Smith reveled in her victory as she led a mob of followers, supporters and assorted hangers-on through the village streets and drinks were on the Democrats at the four downtown bars. The party lasted well into the night. She said winning the election \was tb^greatest thing that ever happened to me.\ Elated, the vic- tor said she was pleased and sur- prised that the voters placed so much confidence in her. \I hope I never let them down,\ she said. • The large victory margin was a surprise to Smith who thought the water meter issue was her ticket to the mayor's chair. She also said Mayor John C. Dreimiller's election eve statement against her con- tributed to her wide victory margin. Regarding the soon-to-be-vacant trustee position on the board, Smith hasn't anyone particular in mind but the decision would be up to the entire board and they would base the choice on the qualifications of a candidate. To the other winners, the taste of victory was sweet. To the two Democratic candidates who lost, they seemed just happy to have been there and took the loss philosophically. Coile Strange said, although he was somewhat disappointed with the outcome, it wasn't a wasted ef- fort. \I'm glad to have gotten my feet wet politically,\ the first-time can- didate salcT^They haven't s*ea the last of me,\ Strange chuckled. He polled the fewest votes of any can- didate. 405. Never at a loss for words, defeated trustee candidate Louis Morett praised the Democrats for the good showing. Pointing out that the Republicans enjoy an almost three to one margin among registered voters in the village, Morett said, \They (the voters) had to cross over to vote for Babe. I think they made a good choice. We had four good candidates for trustee.\ About his own showing, Morett was slightly disappointed. He figured he had an even chance to win a board position. Morett said he'll continue to be in there pitching. \I'm not going to sit back on my haunches. I live in this town and I want. to see some changes take hard. He's y and said, ks out well place.\ On the\ winner's ^ide, Carlton Stacy, now a trustee-fleet, said he won by campaignirtj satisfied with the \I hope everythii for the village.\ Stacy also pointed to the water meter issue as the main problem Republicans had to try and over- come in this election. \Babe came out first with the water issue,\ Stacy concluded. Trustee-elect Donald Cook said the results were \satisfying.\ Cook said he-was naturally.pleased with winning and was looking forward to serving the village and a long future in local politics. Cook and Stacy tallied 636 and 655 votes respectively, while Morett finished with 439 votes. W-w She wasn't your sleek, classic beauty, but the Chief and his boys kept her shined up and as spiffy as possible. Od Number F I irst you d hear the siren piercing through the trees. Then Old Number 9 would heave into sight wallowing down the street and galumphing toward her destination like a dinosaur with flat feet. She wasn't your sleek, classic beauty, but the Chiei and his boss kept her shined up and as spitfy as possible tor an aging lady who had put out a lot at tires in her time I loved that tire engine. And my grandfather knew it. When he gave me m\ first Savings Bond, he smiled and said. Save enough of these, bov. and someday you can buv vo<ir own tire engine* I couldn't get enough of Old Numlx-r ^ Even her siren had a-^pecial wail that gavv me goose bumps Kind of loneh and w* ivav* unrig gleaming and winking at me in the sun. I grew up, moved away, and on to other things. But I never forgot Old Number 9 Guess that s why I joined the local club tor tire engine buffs. Turned out there were a Tot of us around. Enough of us to be able to pool our Savings Bonds and go looking tor a tire engine in buv I finally found Old Numlx-r 9. Nfx-nding her retirement on the edge ot a higliwav under a big Mack s Red HoN\\ sign. But \\r i hanged all that. Todav. NumixT 9 has the piaie of }HHH>T in even town jiarafje Ntie Jea'S Hie map. ii O Main Street With n»e <i f *he \vhev.\ ot <.«nirv g p at the same time Sometimes thev ht-r ail around her She d sit there, ai resplercient in her red o»at. her r »ne. Take stock Prcss-Rcpublicau Southern Essex Bureau 585 4070 »60 Montcolm St Ticonderoga Thursday, March 22, 1979 >? 17 Program for elderly underway SCHROON LAKE — An eight week program of the Senior Center Humanities Program, concen- trating on \The Remembered Past. J914-1945,\ recently begaf*—aitf Schroon Lake Senior Center. The program is being sponsored by the North Country Center of Gerontology. North Country Com- munity College at Saranac Lake, as part of the center's emeritus studies program and is being conducted on Thursday afternoons at 2 p.m. Designed by the National Council on the Aging with funds provided by a grant from the National Endow- ment for the Humanities, the pro- gram is meant to enrich the lives of older Americans through involve- ment in the humanities. In addition to The Remembered Past: 1914-1&45,\ other units focus on local history, images of aging in literature and the environment. After a year of field testing in the Cincinnati area, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania, the program is ex- .panding and incudes ftlmost 20 centers nationwide. NCOA hopes to offer program participants unlimited opportunity for self discovery and personal growth, increase rate in reading and library use and stimulate senior involvement in community con- cerns such as historic preservation, development of oral histories and appreciation of the arts. For further information regar- ding the humanities program and its implementation at senior centers, call Deborah McLean, North Country Center of Geron- tology at the college. The telephone number is 518-891-0606. County Day April 28 WESTPORT — The Essex County Fair Board Association is sponsor- ing an Essex County Day which will feature an arts and craft sale, flea market, and farm and machinery auction. The event will be on April 28. Arts and crafts will be on sale from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Essex County Fairgrounds (Agricultural Center). All interested persons are invited to bring and sell their wares. Ar- ticles may range from woodwork- ing, caning, knitting, crocheting, macrame, quilting, needlework, pottery and ceramics, hand-sewn garments and articles. Space will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. To reserve a table, please contact Sharon Wild, Cooperative Extension. Agricultural Center. Westport, N.Y. 12993 or phone 962-8241. Carl Floyd gains full mayoral term WESTPORT - Carl Floyd was elected to his first full term as mayor in Westport Tuesday night. He ran unopposed for the position left vacant by Donald Mclntyre, who was appointed Westport Town Supervisor in February. - Floyd received 70 votes. Samuel Sherman ran unopposed for the trustee position. He received 73 votes. A total of 84 voters cast their ballots in the election. i 2 MOTOR HERE Complete set of cleaning tools includ- ing Roto-Matie Power Heac3 powe* condyc- tfve laose Moor and _ ~ brush upholstery dusting brush too* two steel straight wands one steel curved wand AfVOTHER MOTOR HERE SAVE $ 30 139 95 MOOCl vo*\ o* • s^*\C A zt z Msec.\-: i •: \: -: a s^-r-r-a * z r:- z* ve- ^ea:e' ^ ea-s ca'-pe* -•£ eve aeeo- E.W.ADAMS, INC. W»stpori York i

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