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ikrtpt Vol. 24, No. 4 PAUL SMITH’S COLLEGE, PAUL SMITHS, NEW YORK 12970 March 21, 1972 Lake R esearch Project Continues Despite Environment The Lower St. Regis Lake Re­ search Project (LSRLRP) is aim­ ed at determining the water quality of Lower St. Regis Lake. The pro jeet was started last semester and is being headed by Prof. Patricia Flath. The first meeting for this sem­ ester’s LSRLRP was held on Feb ruary 7, 1972. The purpose of the meeting was to select new mem bers for this semester’s crew. There were 64 Chemistry 142 stu dents who attended the meeting. Talks were given by the students who had worked on the project last semester. The students still interested in the project signed up after the meeting. Then out of those students, 24 were chosen, which is about double last semes­ ter’s 13-member crew. A larger crew makes the work easier on the individual members but it also means more organization is needed. Members of the crew must de­ vote much of their time to the project. Each students runs tests Members of the Lake Project take samples in the lab and goes into the field to collect water samples at least once a week. On Monday nights meetings are held to discuss prob­ lems, new techniques, and sched­ ules for the week. Water is collected from the 15 stations at least once a day, ex­ cept on weekends. Certain stations are also collected from on Wednes­ day night. All field collecting is done in groups of 3 or 4. A few stations can be collected from by car, others must be reached by snowshoe. In the spring these will have to be reached by canoe. To obtain maximum information from sample collection, surface, medium and bottom samples are taken at the deeper stations. One of the stations is the PSC sewage treat ment plant. The crew members were given a tour of the plant by Mr. Gokey. This was quite a breath-taking experience. There are a number of tests that must be run on samples taken. The only test that must be done in the field is the Dissolved Oxygen test (D.O.). D.O. is taken during the day and on Wednesday night. Dis­ solved Oxygen tests are run only on certain stations. This test helps to determine the capacity of the lake to support a fish population. The laboratory tests include PH. phosphate, iron, nitrogen and alka­ linity. At first most of the crew members were lost when they tried FORMAL D IN IN G AT ITS BEST AT HOTEL SARANAC by Earl Fahey On Saturday evening, April 15, the Food Service Executive Assoc­ iation, in cooperation with the Hotel Department, will sponsor the first “Black Tie Dinner” to be given at the Hotel Saranac. Just what is a “Black Tie Din- ner” you ask? Let me explain by saying it is a formal-dress dinner with dinner served in the manner ol “Russian Service.” Formal dress means all guests, waiters, wine stewards, hostesses and bus boys must be in tuxedos or exening dresses. “Russian Service” is when the food is prepared in the kitchen, put on silver trays and presented by the waiter to the guests before serving, then served to the .o^uest from his right by the waiter’s right hand going in a clockwise position allowing him to go in n forward position rather than back ward. Attendance at the dinner is open to only couples and is limited to 54 couples in all. The cost per couple is $25.00. These couples will only be admitted by invitation and will be announced upon arrival. A cocktail hour is to precede the din­ ner with background music giving those in attendance a chance to get acquainted. An eightcourse dinner wil then be served in the manner stated above with six dif­ ferent wines to accompany each major course of the meal. A total of sixty people will be needed to make the function a success. Training classes are due to get underway shortly. In charge of the dinner are Mr. Forth, the advisor to the F.S.E.A., and Marc Zempel, President of the chapter. Those interested in participating in this function of elegant catering should sign the list to be posted on the bulletin board next to Mr. Purchase’s Office. This past month F. S. E. A. traveled to Plattsburgh where an excellent demonstration and lect­ ure on the art of cake decorating was given by the Plattsburgh chapter. Those of the chapter at­ tending included Marc Zempel, Colin Holmes, Martin Ryan, Earl Fahey and visitor Richard Platts. The six students needed to accom­ pany the Forestry Woodmen’s Team to Dartmouth in May have also been selected whose purpose will be to furnish the club with all meals while away. F.S.E.A. is also in the process of designing a serving plate for the Hotel Saranac with the image of the Leaning Pine on it. The plate will also be available for sale to any one wishing to purchase it for a college souvenir. to perform these tests. But thanks to the assistance of Prof. Flath and some of the crew members from last semester, the new crew members can run these tests on their own. There are still a few problems, most of which are encountered in the field. Probably the biggest problem is the weather. Collecting water samples on the lake in sub­ zero weather, while the wind is blowing, is a real feat. This cold weather sometimes freezes test samples for D.O. seconds after pouring the samples into the bot­ tles. On a few occasions this has caused the bottles to break. The crew is trying to devise methods of keeping these samples from freezing because further tests on D.O. must be made in the lab. The bottles were being put in jacket or shirt pocket but there is al­ ways the danger of the upside- down bottle. Instead of going back to the lab with a soaked jacket and an empty bottle, the crew is thinking about building a heated case in which to carry the samples. If a case or some type of heated sled were built it could also carry much of the other equipment need­ ed to conduct sampling. Right now some groups have knapsacks to carry samples back to the lab. A problem at some stations is that the stakes that mark the sample areas have been broken off or cov­ ered with snow. This means that groups must go out with the ice auger, drill holes, and take depth reading to try to find the exact locations of the station. (Please, if anyone sees these stakes, don’t touch them!) Other minor prob­ lems include things like forgotten gloves, like Glen Kuiken, or hav­ ing gloves that do no good be­ cause they are soaked from collect­ ing the water samples, like George Heywood. Gwenn Manthey had her problems one day. She fell through the ice up to her knees in water at two different stations and the he­ roic guys in her group kept right on collecting samples. Bob Kerns has proven that he’s never been on snowshoes before joining the group by falling at least 6 times into the slush. With experimentation, exper­ ience, and probably a few more mistakes, some knowledge will be gained on ways to improve the methods of operation both in the lab and in the field. This semes­ ter’s crew hopes to have as much (Continued on page 4)

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