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MAURY THOMPSON Special for The Post-Star

From The Post-Star in 1947:

Police Capt. C. Edward Kennedy, who later became chief, was responsible for lining up top talent for the 17th annual Glens Falls Police Benevolent Association Ball on Feb. 12 in Knights of Columbus Hall on the corner of Warren and Chester. streets, The Post Star reported on January 10.

Kennedy, chairman of the music and entertainment committee, along with patrollers John Marzola and John LaFera, did not disappoint when they booked Schenectady’s Larry Audette and his 10-piece orchestra and two vocal soloists.

Over 450 couples attended the ball, which has been one of the main local annual social events for many years.

“Under soft lights and a profusion of festive and patriotic decorations, the enthusiastic crowd danced to the tunes”, The Post Star reported February 13.

As was customary, there was intermunicipal cooperation.

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“Through the courtesy of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, which provided the services of several deputies to cover the town during the early hours of the ceremony, all members of the department were able to attend along with their wives.”

Time: “With Lake George frozen from shore to shore, the lake trout season that opened in these waters yesterday did not attract many anglers. A few ventured out and dug holes in the ice to try their luck, but most sportsmen let the day go by with nothing more than a wistful look at the stowed gear. – April 2

Downtown: Van the Shoe Man at 17 Ridge St. announced “Shoes Fitted by X-Ray”. – April 3

Downtown: George Leontos opened the Italian Trading Company, an imported food store, at 59 South St., near where the former Daily Double bar had stood in recent years. – April 4

Fun fact: Richard Roberts and Joyce Perkett were elected King and Queen to represent Glens Falls High School at the Glens Falls Winter Carnival. – January 24

On the radio: The Glens Falls High School Biology Club was preparing to perform a student-written and produced radio drama, “Magic Mold,” April 18 on WWSC radio. “The drama depicts some of the new uses of penicillin and explains how it was discovered by British scientist Alexander Fleming.” – April 5

At the movie theater: “Lady Luck” and “Tarzan and the Amazons” were a double feature at the Fort Edward Theater. – April 1

At the movie theater: Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour starred in ‘Gentlemen Prefer Brunettes’, playing at the Paramount Theater on Ridge Street. – April 4

Agricultural advice: “Potato and corn growers need to be careful in field selection for these crops this year as white grubs can cause damage. This may be especially true in areas where trouble was caused by this pest in 1944.” – April Fools Day

Editorial: “At 12:01 a.m. this morning, the majority of male residents of the United States can, for the first time since the fall of 1940, legally go about their business without carrying a Selective Service Enrollment Card in their pocket. The strict interpreters of the law can feel free to leave town for an extended period of time without first notifying their editorial board. And, for the first time in more than six years, no man has the slightest chance of receiving the familiar “greetings.” , for the Selective Service Act died at midnight.- April Fool’s Day

Quoteable: “The time was when it was brand new, I could see my office shining. I made a solemn vow that day, as just to look at as it would remain. But that’s what makes women cringe, no one has since resurfaced.—Edgar A. Guest’s “Just Folks” column, Jan. 17

Maury Thompson was a Post Star journalist for 21 years before retiring in 2017. He is now a freelance writer and producer of documentary films who regularly researches historical newspapers in the region.