In This Place: January 28, 2015

Risky Business
As we all work ourselves into a football frenzy, I thought we could take a look back at the serious dangers the game posed especially to high school players. One would say “back in the day” but as it turns out there were at least three high school football fatalities just last year. Our mountain villages did not maintain football teams for most of their histories — often the game was only play­ed as an intramural sport, and even then serious injuries were known to happen.

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In This Place: January 21, 2015

The Other Side of the Mountain
Since we focused last week on Belleayre exclusively, I thought it would be fun this week to look back at our other local ski slopes and their beginnings. Not all of them are still with us, but all played a vital role in providing excellent skiing, often helping to alleviate overcrowding at the larger ski centers.

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In This Place: January 14, 2015

 “The dedication and official opening of the Belleayre Mountain ski slope Saturday afternoon was the greatest day the Cats­kills have known since the Ulster & Delaware railroad ran its first train to Pine Hill nearly a century ago.”From January 27, 1950. The opening paragraph read: “The dedication and official opening of the Belleayre Mountain ski slope Saturday afternoon was the greatest day the Cats­kills have known since the Ulster & Delaware railroad ran its first train to Pine Hill nearly a century ago.”
First Tracks
I knew I wanted this week’s column to be about the early days of Belleayre and possibly ski patrol but then I stumbled on the Woodward and Bernstein of ski report­ing: Frank Elkins. Although a Long Islander, Elkins spent plenty of ink promoting skiing in our area. So I leave a large part of this column to his portrait of the new ski area just as it was entering the 60s.

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In This Place: January 7, 2015

Happy New Year — Some “Firsts” on the “Fives”

This first column of the year is dedicated to beginnings and fresh starts. I scouted for happy news in the first issues of years ending in five, although 1925 was missing, and I felt it was inappropriate to cheat on that year.
Let’s start with an old-fashioned skimelton in Roxbury. Some of the type in this item was cut off, so I don’t know if the “skimeltoners” were young men or young people of both genders. Too bad none of them is still here to ask!


In This Place: Dec. 31, 2014

Going, Going, Gone
This ad, and the one below, both come from the Dec. 29, 1944 edition, when the war in Europe had been won but Allies still fought the Japanese in the Pacific.This ad, and the one below, both come from the Dec. 29, 1944 edition, when the war in Europe had been won but Allies still fought the Japanese in the Pacific.