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Post Script (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) 1946-2003, December 18, 1987, Image 1

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i S o s s f t S c r i p t 0 7 Volume 40, number 2 Forty Years of Fresh Air from the Adirondacks December 18,1987 ’S C t o H o s t N a t 7 R a c e Contracts Awarded for Interpretive Center New York State has award­ ed three North Country firms with contracts to begin con­ struction of the Adirondack Park Agency’s Visitor Inter­ pretive Center, the 16,000 sq. ft. facility designed to provide information on the Adiron­ dacks to area visitors and residents. Beating the other company bidders, H. Schickel General Contracting, Inc. of Malone, PA U L S M I T H ’S C O L L E G E S P O R T S A k I N E X With the 1988 new year just around the corner, P.S.C. has already got big plans on the calendar for January. It has been scheduled that from January 29-30, Paul Smith’s College, which now has a five year, unprecedented commitment with ALPO Petfoods, Inc., will host the tenth annual Saranac Lake area ALPO International Sled Dog Races in Gabriels, New York. Paul Smith’s College president, Dr. Harry K. Miller, and the chairman and CEO at ALPO have signed an agreement stating that P.S.C. will allow the races to be conducted on col­ lege woodland property. The five year contract is effective for the years 1988 through 1992. For this year’s races, ALPO International is offering $50,000 in prize money. This qualifies the races to offer the largest prize-package for any sprint sled dog race in North America. The contract has also brought about the constructing of the now-in-the-making Paul Smith’s College Sports Annex, to become the “home base” for the event. Funding for the con­ struction has been provided by a number of anonymous and corporate donars. The one-story building itself will measure forty by one hundred feet and will house offices for race of­ ficials, a press room, main hall, spectator warming area, snack bar, and restrooms for the visiting public spectators. The completion of the Sports Annex will enable it to be used for the January 1988 competition. The Sports Annex, along with acting as the permanent home for the ALPO sled dog races, will also be used for junior sled dog racing, other fami­ ly events, and as a training facility for “sled dog racers.” The site itself will serve as a multi-purpose, college-use facility, taking on the role of a classroom for surveying students, a location for Woodsmen’s team competitions and cross country skiing, and for other planned activities to set stage at the P.S.C. Sports Annex. Bryan Stewart which bid $1,943,000 on the project, will do the general construction. Schickel plans to begin work next spring but will move construction materials to the site this fall. K & L Plumbing of Platt­ sburgh, submitting the low bid of $79,313, will install the plumbing. They also obtained the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems con­ tract for a bid of $143,688. A CAMPUS CHRISTMAS Nancy Hamlin The Paul Smith’s center’s electric work will be done by W. Murray Inc. of Platts­ burgh for a bid of $366,000. Although the Visitor Inter­ pretive Center was originally expected to open in 1988, the completion date is now targeted for 1989. Bids of a se­ cond, smaller visitor center that will be located at Rich Lake near Newcomb are scheduled to begin early next year. 'Twas the night before finals, when all through the dorms Not a person was partying, not even the norms; The notebooks were piled by the nightlamp with care, In hopes that the end of testing would soon be there; The students were buried all smug in their books, With visions of drafting boards and dreams to be cooks; And Ellen in her nightshirt, and I in my jams Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s cram. When out in the hall there arose such a clatter, I sprang from my desk to see what was the matter. Away to the door I flew like a flash, Turned the door handle, as I heard another clash. When, what to my wondering eyes should appear The President of our College — Harry K. Miller was here More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name; Now Alice-Ann Schuster! Now, Grover Katzman! Now, Glenn Miller! Now, George Matthews! On, Bob Francimone! On, Shakes! On, Tim Sullivan! On, Jane Bowers! To the top of the stairs! To the ends of the hall! Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all! So over to Lakeside, the coursers they flew, With their hands full of tests, and Harry K. too; And then in a minute I heard on the quad The passing of papers, as each one would nod. As I drew in my head and was turning around Through the door came Harry K. with a .bound. He was dressed in all wool, from his head to his toe, And his clothes were all plaid, even his bow. A bundle of exams he had on his back, And looked like a proctor, just opening his pack. A wink of his eye and a twist of his head, Soon gave me to know I had something to dread; He spoke not a word, but watched us at work Filled our heads with tales of the tests; then turned with a jerk, Keep reading he said, it will be time well spent; And giving a nod, out the door he went. He sprang to his car, to his comrades he gave a call And away they scurried like shoppers in a mall. But I heard him exclaim ere he drove out of sight, Keep studying you all and to all a good plight. H A P P Y H O L I D A Y S F R O M T H E P O S T S C R I P T S T A F F T O T H E P S C C O M M U N I T Y

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