East Farewell – The wind was perfect for sailing, not to strong but certainly enough to push the 25 sleek, beautiful boats across the water at a very swift pace and make for a very entertaining race. The 25 boat limit was imposed by the “Race Committee” a semi-formal group formed to run basically everything about the race. Made up of recent winners, boat owners, local town council members and boat lovers the committee decides the date, the time, the course, the race procedure, the entry process, the awards and the advertising. This year the race started and finished in front of the Lakefront Plaza where there was a temporary dock built that served as a judge’s stand/ start-finish line. The beach next to the Plaza was full of spectators and every lakefront property seemed to be hosting some sort of party, cookout or social event. Even Raleigh Beach hosted some unusual activities. The beach is located in the most remote part of the lake and is owned and operated by N.U.D.E., the nudist camp has been around for many years. Frank Logan, president of N.U.D.E., was in touch with the committee very early in the planning and told them there was a strong possibility that some of his members would be on the beach if the weather was agreeable. If the committee wanted to reroute the race he would not object. The committee decided to not alter the course and the boats passed right in front of Raleigh Beach much to the amusement and sometimes embarrassment of some crew members. All in all, the race went off without a hitch.

            This year last year’s winner, Hank Bell and his daughter, Jill jumped out to an early lead but got hung up in Dunn’s Cove and had to resort to paddling out and losing a great deal of time. They also got stuck around Raleigh Beach where a sandbar developed over the winter and was not discovered until after the race had started. Bell’s boat wasn’t the only one that encountered trouble with the course. Frank Furness and last year’s second place finisher, Cindy Taylor, both had difficulty getting around Raleigh Beach. It should be noted that none of the racers blamed the activity on the beach for their racing woes. Aside from the Dunn’s Cove and Raleigh Beach problems the race took less time than last year. The low 70’s and the brisk wind helped all contestants move around the course with graceful ease aside from the aforementioned difficulties.

            This year one of the original racers, Ward James was able to win the race by three lengths in front of his longtime nemesis, Earl Dorman. The two were the original racers back in 1955. They had made a bet on whose boat was quicker, set up a race and as they say, the rest is history. The race attracted so much attention other boat owners got together with the pair and set up the first multi-participant race in 1956. Boat owners around the lake have come together to form a loosely organized “Lake Charles Navy” and have taken over most of the race functions. They are also referred to as “the committee”.

            Behind James and Dorman, Walter O’Keefe, Vic Hale and Cindy Taylor came in in that order. There were some out of towners but most of the entrants were from the Lake Charles area. After the finish everyone met on the Plaza and a brief ceremony was held and James reluctantly accepted the trophy. “The only reason I am accepting this, you all know I was always against any trophy, the only reason I am accepting this is to prove once and for all to Dorman that my boat is faster,” said James with a laugh as he held the trophy over his head. The committee was already making plans for next year’s race even as the party on the Plaza went on well into the night.

Hank Bell finally passes Raleigh Beach



Riverview- The beautiful Riverview Stadium was very welcoming to the Travelers on Saturday night. The Anglers were looking to stop the Travelers who were coming off a strong win last week. The Travelers had other ideas. They started out fast scoring four runs in the first two innings and didn’t look back as they hooked the Anglers 7-2. The Travelers bats were still hot and they were able to string together six innings in a row with at least one hit. They totaled 15 hits in the game including a blast out of the park by Johnny Cloos. That raised his season total to 12 and leads the league in dingers.

            The Anglers tried to get back into the game with a big sixth inning scoring both their runs, smacking Travelers pitcher, Joe Nagy, around for six hits in that inning. It was the Travelers defense that saved Nagy by turning a clean double play with the bases loaded to get him out of the inning. From then on the Travelers closed down the Anglers allowing only two more hits in the game while scoring two in the seventh and one in the eighth. Angler’s pitcher, Joe Amato, did not seem to have his signature curve ball working and he suffered for it.

            The Travelers stay on the road next week when they visit Cedar Creek on Saturday afternoon. The game begins at 1:05 in Cedar Creek ballpark.



Half-million steel workers strike the industry – the keystone of the U.S economy. The federal government’s chief labor mediator steps into the steel strike and quickly dashes hopes for an early settlement with the announcement that the deadlock “is a serious one, not susceptible to easy or early solution.” President Eisenhower for now will keep his hands off.

President Manuel Urrutia resigns after Fidel Castro accused him of “near treason.” Castro himself, resigned as prime minister a few hours earlier. Castro denounced Urruitia, his handpicked choice for president after the overthrow of Dictator Fulgencio Batista - for his criticism of Communists and Communism in Cuba.

President Eisenhower said the United States would make no retreat that could be looked on as clear evidence of western weakness in its Berlin stand. Moreover said the President, Russia must give “clear recognition of our rights and responsibilities” in West Berlin before he will agree to a meeting of chiefs of state.

In Poland, a tired and worn Premier Khrushchev tells a crowd in a mining and industrial center that he “was a miner too.” The town Katowice is sometimes called the Polish Pittsburgh and was the first stop on Khrushchev’s tour of the country. In Sosnowiec, Poland, Khrushchev, giving his solemn pledge to a cheering crowd “that never, never, never shall we launch any war against any country anywhere at any time. We want co-existence, we don’t want war. We don’t need war. Neither do the capitalist countries.”

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Published by JD Carroll