Thursday, January 29, 1959   Vol. C709



East Farewell – All the snow last week was sure to attract the attention of the almost famous snow sculptors of East Farewell. Every year for about the last five or six years, some years did not have enough snow to build anything, the somewhat clandestine “Committee for Plaza Snow Sculptures” or CPSS this last snowfall was too much to ignore. Over the weekend they descended on the snow laden Lakefront Plaza and along with about ten others (it is rumored that the Committee has five standing members) shoveled, dug, sprayed and basically sculpted an assortment of animals, children dancing, sunrises, a Buddha and a grand tribute to the Mighty Keystone Railroad as a giant engine all out of the more than abundant snow on the Plaza. They worked through Friday night and into about midday Saturday when they “opened” up the Plaza to a large crowd of delighted observers.

            The highlights of the show were the massive sculptures that completely filled the Plaza but the other, smaller sculptures were very interesting also. One smaller work was two children dancing together and a group of elephants walking away from the scene drew grins and finger pointing from almost everyone. The de facto leader of CPSS, Dale Reinhold, was very eager to lead tours of the showcase. “I just love these works. This year everyone went above and beyond maybe because we had so much more snow. I think Cindy’s train is magnificent (Cindy Walters, resident artist) and young Frankie Miller’s rising Mr. Sun is ingenious,” Reinhold said during the tour, “I think most of the sculptures have been sprayed with a mist of water to form an iced covering that will help it last when the sun comes out but since it has been so cold I don’t think the melting will be too much trouble right now.”

            Reinhold is probably right about the lack of melting. The temperatures in town have been hovering around 25 degrees and drop to 0 overnight for the last week. The Plaza is open to the Lake and receives some added chill from the lake winds but it also receives full sun during the day. In the past the sculptures on the Plaza have remained for about a week until they melted naturally so the expectation this year is that due to the extreme cold and somewhat overcast predictions the sculptures will last well into next week, maybe longer. This will be a delight for most everyone. The whimsical fun brings a bit of happiness during the dead of winter and seems to prolong the fading holiday spirit. As for the CPSS, being an unrecognized and unendorsed group it is technically not supposed to be allowed to do what it does but it is so much fun everyone looks the other way and the spectacle occurs every year when the snow gets high enough. And hopefully it will continue.

1959 Snow Sculptures on the Plaza



East Farewell – One week after struggling against a very strong and well executed press the Cougars showed they could learn quickly and employ their lessons to great benefit on Friday night as they completely destroyed the Slate Mountain Miners attempt at replicating the same press. The Cougars dismantled the press so well that the Miners were forced to call it off by the second half. The Miners had done some scouting last week and saw how the Southport Hawks had effectively neutralized the Cougar’s high powered offense with a smothering press that lasted the whole game and led to a Southport win. The Cougars went into the gym afterwards and instead of moaning and groaning they worked on ways to beat the press. Their hard work paid off on Friday night. The Miners came out strong, showing a well-practiced press that looked at first to knock the Cougars off tilt again but that turned out to be only a ruse. The Cougars were in fact sizing up the press, looking for its weaknesses and planning their attack. After falling behind 10-6 in the first five minutes Cougars Coach Wilson called a timeout and laid out the plan. The next three minutes saw a completely different approach to the game. The Cougars went on an eight point scoring spree and then in the second quarter outscored the Miners 12-7. The end of the first half saw the Cougars out front 22-19.

            The second half saw the Miners abandon the press and face the Cougars with only moderate half court pressure. With their game plan modified the Miners had a difficult time standing up to the Cougars “Big Three” (Hawkins, Tasker and Mitchell) who dominated the inside with rebounds, blocks and scores but the Cougars backcourt (Fox and Mackenzie) were the essential force that neutralized the press and led the charge in the second half. Bobby Fox ended the game as high scorer for both teams with 16 points followed by his backcourt partner, Mack Mackenzie, who scored 12. In the first half they were able to direct the destruction of the Miners press using Hawkins and Tasker to feed back and drive around the Miners defenders. In the second half they were able to work together to bring the ball up and feed the inside collapsing the Miners then the insiders would shoot it back out to the guards would take their open outside shots. The guards were on target more than they were off. The game ended with the Cougars in command, the Miners exhausted and the score standing at 48-40 Cougars.

            The Cougars stay at home next week and host the Central Bears. The game begins at 4:30PM in the Regional High Gym. The Bears are facing a difficult time this season having lost their star center to a broken ankle in the first game but they have shown signs of improvement over the last few games. Their new center is a sophomore, Stuart Drew, and he has been gaining confidence and improving his skills every game. The Cougars will have to keep him in check in order to come out with a win next week.



Chief Justice Warren refuses to delay the scheduled admission of four Negro pupils to a white junior high school in Arlington, VA. Racial integration imposed by federal courts comes to unwilling Virginia and seven public schools there. It went quietly and without incident.

An American Airlines prop-jet Electra plunges into the East River, killing 65 persons. It was trying to land on a runway lacking approach lights and instruments. The plane was coming from Chicago and was just about to land at LaGuardia. Nine survived.

The State Department publishes a transcript made from a tape recording of conversations between Soviet pilots, purporting to show a U.S Air Force transport plane was indeed gunned down by the pilots. The plane disappeared on September 2 as it flew along the Turkey-Armenia border.

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Published by JD Carroll