March 18, 2013

Lookback: March 18 to 24


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25 YEARS — 1988

It will take the state Department of Transportation about three years to fully repair the Crown Point Bridge, but some short-term solutions are also being discussed so those who are economically dependent on the structure can get across it. However, some local farmers who depend on the bridge to get their goods to market believe the state will not find a short-term solution to stepped up enforcement of the bridge’s 20-ton weight limit.

The big news for Plattsburgh about President Reagan’s proposed budget for fiscal 1989 is not what is in it but what isn’t. Plattsburgh Air Force Base will get no new construction money in fiscal 1989, and four other projects planned for future years, “have slipped further down the line,” said Capt. Alan Gregory, a base spokesman.

The proposed construction of a 100-boat marina along a section of shoreline in downtown Rouses Point has village officials worried about parking problems, traffic congestion and water quality. But there’s at least one village trustee who thinks a scaled-down version of the proposed operation could mean the eventual salvation of downtown Rouses Point.

50 YEARS — 1963

The Clinton County Park Commission Committee, formed more than a year ago, has not met once and no plans have been made to ever meet, according to one of its members, Supervisor Francis Seltzer. Seltzer said it was his idea that the committee be organized to deal with possible new sites for recreational development in the county and to make suggestions and studies of areas that could be utilized for summer camp sites and other recreational facilities.

Members of the supervisors committee and a special chamber of commerce delegation will put their heads together to begin an intensive study of the renewed proposal for development of Point au Roche. Development of Point au Roche could add $4.7 million in Clinton County business annually, its proponents believe.

The Lake Champlain Bridge Commission declined to take the initiative for construction of a third bridge across the lake. The commission chairman, Floyd W. Moore of Burlington, advised third-bridge proponents to take their request to their state legislatures.

75 YEARS — 1938

Four votes defeated a proposition for the purchase of a site and the erection of a $348,350 school building at Ellenburg Corners. At an election held in Ellenburg several weeks ago, the voters approved a plan for consolidating 24 school districts located in the towns of Ellenburg, Altona, Moores and Clinton into a centralized district.

The City of Plattsburgh has received a U.S. Treasury Department check in the amount of $51,000 representing the first grant payment for the sewage-disposal project. The project is now rapidly going ahead, authorization having been given the engineer to have printed specifications and the advertising for proposals for its construction.

Two years ago several of the members of the AuSable Forks’s fire department had their blood tested at the county laboratory so they could become donors in case of emergency. That emergency occurred recently when AuSable forks woman was brought to Champlain Valley Hospital to undergo a serious operation, and no donors could be found in her family matching her blood type. The chief of the AuSable Forks Fire Department was contacted and within 30 minutes, three volunteer firemen were at the hospital and the blood transfusion was made, saving the woman’s life.

The proposed Lake Champlain Seaway connecting the St. Lawrence and Hudson rivers was disapproved by the Board of Army Engineers in a report filed with the house harbors and rivers committee in Washington, D.C. The board, after considering reports of district and division engineers who had studied the proposal, concluded the project cannot be justified, according to committee officials.

100 YEARS — 1913

The Village of Tupper Lake was thrown into great excitement by the shooting of two men in Tupper Lake Junction by Joseph Mc Wade, a detective in the employee of the New York Central Railroad, who has been on duty for a considerable time in the Adirondack section. The two men shot by McWade were apparently determined to steal a ride on the passenger train. McWade ordered them off at which point they took off at a run. McWade opened fire with his colt automatic, wounding both.

The Suburban Transportation Company has been incorporated with the secretary of state. The object of the company, as given in the incorporation papers, being to establish and operate a stage or omnibus route in Clinton County. The company is capitalized at $15,000.

One month from today, one of the most important projects in the history of Clinton County will be inaugurated, this being the starting of a motor bus line between the city and Rouses Point, via Beekmantown, West Chazy, Mooers and Champlain. The possibilities in the way of transportation of passengers and freight by motor trucks over stone roads is being seen as potentially unlimited.

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Shawn Ryan