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March 3, 2014

Lookback: March 3 to 9


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.

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