March 3, 2014

Lookback: March 3 to 9


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25 YEARS — 1989

• Saranac Lake Mayor William Madden III said the village is working with the Adirondack North Country Association and Lake Placid Officials in writing letters to the Department of Transportation urging them to establish a designated bike path on Route 86 between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, but officials think the chances of a path are slim. The DOT is scheduled to upgrade what is known as the Sara-Placid Highway this fall, which would be a perfect opportunity for the bike path to be created. Route 86 is popular with cyclists and joggers but the heavy traffic flow and narrow shoulders makes it a dangerous option.

• In the wake of a caustic soda spill in Port Henry, Moriah Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava said he didn’t have second thoughts about opposing travel plans for Robert Purdy, emergency-preparedness director. Purdy had requested that he and five deputies be allowed to attend a conference on hazardous-material handling. “I thought the accident was handled very professionally by all of our county agencies,” Scozzafava said.

• Two lost skiers were rescued by a helicopter from Upper AuSable Lake by state forest rangers. The skiers, who were equipped with only the clothes on their back, survived four days atop Mount Marcy, sleeping in the snow and sharing a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Shawn P. Dougher and Ralph A. Vecchio, both from Stroudsburg, Pa., were taken to Placid Memorial Hospital where they were treated for severe frostbite to their hands and feet.

• Tina Dodge, Gov. Mario Cuomo’s field representative, arrived at Plattsburgh City Hall and sat down to talk with five employees from Altona Correctional Facility, four of whom were laid off this week as part of New York’s money-saving efforts. While five guards were given the pink slip, workers were surprised to see twice as many teachers laid off with no reason or explanation given.

50 YEARS — 1964

• Peru Supervisor Wilfred Rock and other community leaders will meet to decide if they want to wait for Sears Foundation help on planning a new medical center or if they’ll start on their own. The Sears Foundation helped Rouses Point, Champlain and Mooers plan and build a $47,000 center two years ago, but Rock thinks the town might bypass the need for assistance from the foundation and initiate a town-wide fund drive to raise money.

• Two Peru Central School home economics teachers are attempting to prove the value of their courses to high school girls, with about half of today’s teenagers marrying by the time they are 20. About 15 percent of the high school girls in Peru are majoring in home economics. Teacher Elizabeth Hughes said: “You wouldn’t apply for a job as a secretary without first taking typing. So what right have you to become a homemaker with out knowing the first thing about it? This will be the most important job of your life.”

• The system for making maple syrup has hardly changed at all in the last 25 years, but Merle Reese, Clinton County agricultural agent, is going to observe an attempt at modernization of the process. He’s going to look over a central evaporator system, which means that men will collect sap and bring it to a large evaporate to boil down and sell the syrup, rather than each man boiling down sap from his own bush. Reese thinks the system is a possibility for the county, which does about $65,000 in business annually in maple syrup products.

75 YEARS — 1939

• The Plattsburgh Discussion Club won the weekly spelling bee over the local Kiwanis Club. The final score was 23-22. The spelling bee, held by radio station WMFF, is contested every Friday evening.

• Elizabeth G. Collins of Plattsburgh ranked first among 141 candidates who took a civil service examination for the position of public health nurse in the County Service division. The county position pays an annual salary of $1,500. Several other nurses also passed the examination.

• Hotel Champlain, the historic summer resort, promises to regain some of its lost prestige as an attraction for visitors from Canadian cities as well as metropolitan areas in the U.S., according to plans from a Montreal syndicate that recently purchased the hotel property from the Delaware and Hudson Company. The plans indicated that the hotel would be kept open all year, and winter sports would be made available.

100 YEARS — 1914

• A hearing will be held in Washington before the Senate on the bill to appropriate $250,000 towards a memorial for Commodore Macdonough and General Macomb. The memorial will be erected in light of the centennial celebration of the Battle of Plattsburgh. The celebration is expected to emphasize the necessity for retaining and enlarging the Army Post in Plattsburgh.

• Proposed amendments to the City Charter are to be investigated and a delay in the passage of the bill was requested. The present city charter provides that city bonds should be advertised for sale to the public, while the amendment provides that they may be sold at private sale. Some worry this provision may benefit individuals who are favored by the administration.

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Amy Heggen