25 YEARS — 1989
• Mooers officials and town residents are still buzzing over the township’s successful participation in the Champlain Centres Community Christmas Program and the Mooers Town Day. Many Mooers businesses and organizations set up displays and townspeople had an opportunity to show off their community pride. The Mooers Christmas tree ornament, a cow that depicts the importance of dairy farming in the area, was auctioned off for $220, which was donated to the Mooers Fire Department Rescue Squad.
• The USS Lake Champlain’s recent voyage from its ship yard in Pascagoula, Miss., around the southern tip of South America and up to San Diego caused damage to the ship’s bow, which will be repaired with steel instead of aluminum. Students in schools throughout Clinton County will be learning about Pacific geography as they follow the Navy’s newest Aegis-class cruiser on its voyages. They will watch video tapes and read accounts prepared by Commander Capt. Ralph Martin and his crew.
• A state inspection of monitoring gauges used for waste-water discharge at the International Paper Company Ticonderoga Mill has confirmed union claims of inaccuracies. The Department of Environmental Conservation found that two gauges used to monitor the flow of treated waste water were calibrated in different units, possibly resulting in discharges about 25 percent higher than displayed. IP releases about 12 million gallons of treated waste water a day into the lake and has a stringent self-monitoring program.
50 YEARS — 1964
• Dan Meegan, guidance director at Keeseville Central School, arranged for 24 educators in Clinton and Essex counties to fly to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs to see what the Air Force offers young men learn. Transportation was a C-54 provided by the Air Force. The group toured the facilities and was briefed by officers on the type of men the Academy accepted. “They’re looking for a top-notch man in every respect,” Meegan said.
• The supervising principal of Keene Central School, Charles Holt, said the increased number of woman entering the nation’s labor force is upsetting the labor market and creating havoc with family responsibilities. Holt asks, “Are we in America so dedicated to making money and personal gain that our children are only incidental and to be considered as inconveniences to the working mother and upsetting to her plans?”
• Essex County has been considering the construction of a $154,000 Civil Defense Shelter that would, under normal operation, house several county departments. The underground structure would be financed with 50 percent federal and 25 percent state aid if the county goes ahead with the plan. However, some town supervisors are opposing the idea of entering into any Civil Defense Program any further than the county is already involved, especially since some states have dropped their Civil Defense programs.
• The Clintonville school, which has been closed since 1960, will be reopened in the fall to help with the classroom shortage. The school is short five classrooms now, and three trailers and two rooms in the school bus garage are now being used. Enrollment is expected to increase by 60 students for the next school year.
75 YEARS — 1939
• Game protector G. R. LaPlante is credited with this week’s prize report on winter fishing conditions. The reports are issued periodically by Conservation Commissioner Lithgow Osborne as a special service to thousands of people interested in this winter sport. Protector LaPlante writes, “There are 47 fishing shanties in Cumberland Bay and 58 at Gavelly Point in the Cumberland Head section. Some days they do not get many fish, on other days they fill their baskets.”
• More than 40 local stores are participating in the mid-winter dollar days, sponsored by the Merchants Bureau of the Chamber of Commerce. Hardware, clothing, pharmacy and newspaper establishments, among other businesses, have hung colorful banners to mark their membership in the drive and have lowered their prices. Radio programs will be held in connection with the program.
• The big event of the season, the thirteenth annual ball of the Chateaugay Fire Department, will be held at the Town Hall. The local fire company has sponsored this event every year without exception and it has proved a successful and entertaining social feature of the winter months. Jack Kemp and his band of musicians should entice locals to attend.
• The Champlain Physicians Hospital has acquired a new x-ray machine that treats cancer, one of only 53 that were made. The General Electric Company, makers of the apparatus, has perfected the new and much more efficient machine that is so powerful and flexible that it can cope with any size malignant growth. The Physicians Hospital had the Maximar-220 installed through a donation from the William H. Miner Foundation.
100 YEARS — 1914
• The girls of the Phi Sigma Society of Franklin Academy entertained the Kappa girls at a Valentine’s Day party held at the Lyceum. It was a unique affair, with decorations consisting of red and white hearts and cupids. Colonial costumes were worn and the Phi Sigma girls took the part of the beaux of that period. Luncheon was served and the evening was spent playing games and dancing.
• The Delaware and Hudson Company are making an improvement at the Port Henry station which will be a great convenience for the traveling public. A train signal tower is being erected in front of the station so that telegraphers will be permanently located there, instead of 100 yards from the station. A telephone will also be installed.
— Compiled by Contributing Writer Amy Heggen