25 YEARS — 1988
SUNY Plattsburgh will enact a “wellness conscious” smoking policy that identifies at least one smoking area in each campus building, while hallways, foyers, elevators and lobbies will become non-smoking zones. The policy was unanimously adopted during a College Council meeting, and SUNY Plattsburgh President Charles Warren stressed that the policy is meant to educated the campus community about direct and indirect risks associated with smoking.
Champlain and Chateaugay are both in the running to secure a new state prison, and both have presented their cases to the New York State Department of Corrections. The communities want a 750-bed medium security prison, and both towns have DOC-approved construction sites. Though Chateaugay has been in line longer than Champlain, DOC officials say the people of Champlain should be optimistic.
Three Essex County officials spent almost $7,000 at a National Association of Counties Organization conference in Anaheim, Calif., more than seven Franklin County legislators have spent attending other conferences during the past two years. The Franklin County legislators spent $2,828.34 during the past 22 months for meals, lodging and conference fees. Clinton County has a strict budget for travel costs.
Emergency telephones on the Northway were to be in operation by November but the installation date has been pushed to Jan. 30. The 64 solar-powered phones will be placed every two miles on both north and southbound lanes from Pottersville to Peru and they will withstand temperatures to 40 degrees below zero.
50 YEARS — 1963
Clinton Prison farms won an award at Cornell University for producing the most milk of any penal institution in the state for the year, about 1,500 pounds. Though it’s not the largest state institution farm, 28 inmates work 12 hours a day at the barns and eat all their meals at a mess hall beneath the stables. Farm jobs are popular as the inmates aren’t confined within the walls of the prison and the food is better as they do hard physical work.
Athletic facilities will be the first thing to go if bids run high for Plattsburgh’s proposed $2.4 million high school. The superintendent and the architect are almost certain that all the requested merchandise for the new school won’t be possible for a price Plattsburgh can afford. If cuts are mandated, the the track and the football field would be the first to go.
A public hearing will be conducted in the Village of Ticonderoga to discuss proposed fluoridation of the water supply. Arguments for it say it can reduce dental decay, while arguments against fluoridation claim it can effect people with kidney and thyroid issues, and interfere with the absorption of iodine.
75 YEARS — 1938
The health education of Essex County will be outlined on the weekly radio broadcast of Clinton County Committee on Tuberculosis and Public Health, in the interest of the educational campaign of the Christmas Seal Sale. A dental hygienist and a school nurse of Keeseville Central School will discuss how the program will provide teaching aids. The broadcast will be accompanied by music.
Merkel’s store display, the finest ever attempted locally, is attracting crowds of people to the Merkel Store of Cheerful Service. The second floor windows, 22 feet in length, depict winter scenes, including rolling hills, country lanes and farmhouses blanketed in snow. Merchandise displayed in the windows keeps with the holiday seasons and suggests gifts for everyone on the list.
At the Common Council’s weekly session at City Hall, a bus terminal was proposed for the City of Plattsburgh, though definite action was withheld pending opinion from corporation counsel. It was discussed that it should be stationed at the north entrance of the Cumberland Hotel. At the meeting, it was announced that the salary of the city judge will be raised from $1,200 to $1,500 per year.
100 YEARS — 1913
The Normal School Athletic Association has taken over the care of the Normal pond during the skating season and will keep the ice free of snow and in good condition. On account of the many students who wish to enjoy skating there, the number of skaters on the lake has been limited to members of the school and a few of their friends. They must obtain written permits received from faculty.
With only a few days left for Christmas shopping, business is still good among local merchants. For late shoppers, here are a few suggestions for gifts: Every lady is partial to a fine headdress, which can be purchased from Miss Flora Conway, Millinery, on River Street. If a family member is the owner of a horse, present them with a sleigh, carriage, harness or blanket from the Byrness Carriage Co. on Clinton Street, or Howard Ames at the Court Street Repository.
— Compiled by Contributing Writer Amy Heggen.