Bennington Banner Newspaper Archives Feb 15 1966, Page 21

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Bennington Banner (Newspaper) - February 15, 1966, Bennington, Vermont Of never have to buy another Roll of film Black amp White or Koda color in sizes 126 127 620 or 120 with each Roll developed and printed you receive a free Roll of same size and Type. Minimum 8 exposures printed we develop All sizes and types of film for those who find it More convenient to Deal through the mail Send for our free film Mailer and Price list. Bennington photo service 106 North Street Bennington it. Dial 442.5349 store hours mon., tues., wed., thurs., sat. 9 30 5 30 Friday 9 30 8 30_ now Sale priced. The ski thievery problem by c Hester Ringheiser there is undoubtedly some stealing on the ski slopes but it is probably less that acres ski talk would indicate. Stories Are often told about the Man who buys a pair of skis from a reputable dealer and later to his Chagrin Dis covers they Are hot enough to melt through 52 inches of packed powder. The problem exists but checks by the Banner at three ski areas in the Manchester area indicate the incidence of ski theft May not be As High As rumours would indicate. A Check with the records division of the Vermont state police revealed that in 1964 there were 237 reports of ski theft in the state in 1965 276 reports but so far this year Only 26 reports have been filed in Montpelier. The procedure for reporting ski thefts begins at the ski area where the alleged theft occurs. The victim fills out a form one copy stays with the area one goes to the local police unit and another is filed in Montpelier where serial numbers and a description of the lost equipment is recorded. A bulletin containing a description of the equipment is sent out to key ski Selling Points. The a hot ski list is up dated As needed. In the Manchester area no ski thefts have been reported this year to resident trooper Gordon Adams. The ski areas Are naturally sensitive to the ski stealing Issue and make elaborate precautions to prevent it. The consensus with the area managers How Ever is that most alleged ski thefts Are actually cases of carelessness and the inability of the skier to locate his equipment among the hundreds of pairs of skis stacked in the familiar Racks outside the base Lodge. But there is another segment of the business who sees ski theft As a sympton of the sports popularization and the infiltration of elements a a unbecoming to the sliding sport. Ral Jerich a ski shop on the Road to the Manchester area says they have had a few pair of rental skis reported stolen. But they also say there have been times when they have had to close the store because the crowds of skiers inside became unmanageable and unruly. Not like the glorious old Days they say when skiers were ladies and gentlemen. Fred Pabst of Bromley seems to Side with this View he says Shuss a the Days of the Hearty skier of yesteryear have just about been swept into oblivion. Skiing now is very much a social thing More than ardent sport. Bey meets girl plays a Large part in it Pabst says skis Are collected from the Racks when the lifts close Down for the night. They Are placed in a room and the rental skis Are separated from the private ones. When a person reports skis missing he is asked to identify them by number is possible. If he can they Are returned to the skier. In this Way most of what initially Are thought to be ski thefts Are solved. Pabst says he is thinking of putting outside lights in the ski rack area to discourage anybody who feels tempted to a do things we Don t there is a detective stationed at Bromley on weekends to keep an Eye out for suspicious actions Pabst said and adds that anybody who leaves their skis on a car rack unattended a is Pabst relates a pair of Bis own skis were stolen when he went inside Bromley s office to answer a Telephone Call. He was gone five minutes and he says the skis were Black with his name on them in Bright letters. At Stratton the procedure for picking up skis left in Racks is the same. Stratton officials say the ski stealing problem depends on the a Type of people we have in the Stratton says they have few cases of ski stealing. Many times they say the skis fall and Are lost under the Snow. In the Spring they find All kinds of things. Wallets lipsticks gloves ski poles Are uncovered when the a Snow melts. A sometimes we have people Here who lose their cars. They can t remember where they parked them. The same thing happens with at magic Mountain procedures Are the same but Arthur Thorn or vice president of the area says they have an a a intimate area. Thorner says he knows most of the steady customers by name and face after they be been to magic for three times. Magic has Coin operated ski locks and a Check in at the base Lodge but people Seldom use them Thorner says. Magic was a a hit during the Christmas weekend of 1964 and several pairs of skis were stolen. Thorner was sure the group were a a professionals and not individuals. An accurate picture of the problem is really impossible to get because some people fail to report the thefts and Are covered by insurance. But whether frequent or not it s a Good idea to keep an Eye on your equipment. Friday saturday sunday la . To i . Slalom and profile made in Vermont made in new Hampshire ski clothes for women and children Dryad ales South St. Bennington it. 8a avalanches Are a recurring menace to skiers. One mighty Avalanche in Austria in 1877 gathered Force enough to fell Over 100,000 Trees. Thousands of Mountain troops were killed by avalanches during world War i. Long ago an Avalanche in Pon Tresina Switzerland buried alive Over too children. A massive Avalanche swept off a Glacier in the Swiss Alps in August and roared Down on a hydroelectric project burying men and machines under blocks of ice As big As a two Story House. Tuesday february 15, 1966

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