February 3, 2014

Lookback: Feb. 3 to 9


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25 YEARS — 1989

• Malone residents will be able to tune their radios to 90.9 FM to hear National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” news program when the Canton-based North Country Public Radio rebroadcasts its signal from a 200-watt transmitter. The $20,000 expansion to Malone is part of an effort by North Country Public Radio to serve all of the Northern Tier in New York. Keene Valley is the only area in the northern Adirondacks that remains unserved by public radio. 

• Chateaugay has been on the prison waiting list the longest of any North Country community and with funding for two or three prisons in the state. Now Chateaugay may be next in line. Eight of 12 approved communities on the list for medium-security facilities are in the North Country. If a second prison were to come to the North Country, it may end up near Massena or Ellenburg. 

• Plattsburgh and Clinton County Chamber of Commerce is presenting the 1989 Business Connection, a means of letting people know what business products and services are available in the Champlain Valley. The event is sponsored by the Press-Republican, along with Georgia-Pacific and the state Department of Economic Development. Businesses from northern New York, Vermont and Canada are expected to staff the booths at the SUNY Plattsburgh Field House, where buyers and sellers can roam freely to discover specific interests. 

• Plattsburgh City Alderman have extended Clinton County Historical Association’s lease of an office and exhibit space from the city for an annual fee of $1. The Clinton County Historical Association moved there in 1972 and opened a museum in 1973 and held no formal rental agreement for the first decade. Mayor Carlton Rennell recommended extending the lease for an indefinite period. 

50 YEARS — 1964

• Pigeons are a public health hazard, according to the Clinton County Medical Society’s Ira Rawlson, who recalls the epidemic in Plattsburgh of dove dung fever in 1928. Public relations director of the society has been researching what other cities are doing about the issue and will report his findings to the common council. Several people are concerned about cruelty to the birds. 

• Saranac music teacher Joseph Rossi, 33, died when his 1962 Thunderbird collided with a skidding Plattsburgh Air Force Base tanker filled with liquid nitrogen. When Morrisonville firemen arrived, the car was engulfed in flames so hot the firemen couldn’t attempt a rescue. The responders also feared the nitrogen tank would blow so the highway was blocked to all but emergency vehicles, but they learned later that an explosion was unlikely to happen. The driver of the tanker was unhurt.

• The Essex County Department of Welfare has been given until April 1 to come up with a program for the care of infirmary patients. The order came from C. Randolf Wilson, area director for the Department of Social Welfare. “In the meantime, patients requiring nursing care remain under the roof of your old, combustible infirmary building, and I must repeat our concern in this situation.” 

75 YEARS — 1939

• A pneumonia control film, based on an actual happening, will be shown at the Strand Theatre as part of a the statewide pneumonia control program. The story, based in the Catskill Mountains, tells of a country doctor who learned the importance of prompt diagnosis and proper treatment. Joseph Garen, district state health officer for this area, announced from his office in Saranac Lake that this picture is distributed as a part of the determined battle against one of man’s worst enemies. 

• The five hundred students of the Plattsburgh High School will have help from the local Kiwanis Club and the American Association of University Woman in selecting a vocation. The program has contacted many qualified townspeople who will help the students learn advantages and disadvantages of the vocation they choose and who will arrange for each student to have a personal interview with someone engaged in their chosen field. 

• A free mental-health clinic will be held by the St. Lawrence State Hospital at the Alice Hyde Memorial Hospital. Assistance may be obtained in the solving of unusual problems, and advice will be given by physicians and social workers to those seeking help for themselves of for friends. 

100 YEARS — 1914

• Moira High School is making arrangements to serve a Washington supper. The waitresses will be dressed to represent Martha Washington and the ushers will be dressed in colonial style. The price of the supper, which will include colonial and modern dishes, is 15 cents. The proceeds are to apply to the electric light fund. 

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Amy Heggen