25 YEARS — 1989
▶ The union of St. John’s Academy and Mount Assumption Institute will create a new Catholic High School for Plattsburgh and the surrounding area. The Rev. Lawrence Deno, diocesan superintendent of the schools, said large schools are good for Catholic education, offering a broader curriculum. St. John’s Academy, founded in 1923, has 132 students enrolled in grades 9 through 12, while MAI, founded in 1919, has 270 students in its high school program.
▶ Residents of Main Mill Street in Plattsburgh are worried about the safety, noise and pollution of a gas-fueled electricity generator that is planned for the neighborhood. Adirondack Power Inc.’s oversized steam- and electricity-producing facility was approved by zoning board members, voting 5-1. The construction time is set at four years, with substantial progress mandatory in the first 18 months.
▶ Clinton County’s new, $6 million jail is near completion and should be ready for occupancy in February. The 85-bed jail, built on the site of an old Super 87 drive-in near the Northway’s Exit 38 will have state-of-the-art security devices, requiring few guards. Construction began in the fall of 1987.
50 YEARS — 1964
▶ Clinton County’s five villages spent less per capita for general governmental expenses than the average for Essex and Franklin counties and the state at large, indicated in a summary of State Comptroller Arthur Levitt’s 1963 annual report on municipal affairs. The average per capita cost was $23.40 in Clinton County, $47.50 in Essex County and $31.85 in Franklin County.
▶ City Civil Defense Director James P. O’Conner feels that more shelters are necessary and is concerned that schools being built now are making no provision for shelter. Otherwise, civil defense is satisfied with the progress of civil defense in Clinton County. Students have successfully completed “go home” drills in the schools, all arriving at home within 15 minutes. Soon, the county will have 20 shelters with a capacity of 13,000 people.
75 YEARS — 1939
▶ Samuel Cohen, proprietor of Fit-Rite shop, a clothing store at 9 Clinton St., has leased a store at 71 Margaret St., which was recently occupied by George’s Fruit Market. Cohen purchased Fit-Rite from A. F. Brando in 1919 and has worked over the past 20 years to to give his customers the best values. His large line of men’s wear has outgrown the location.
▶ Plattsburgh’s $140,000 municipal sewage disposal plant is less than two months away from completion, and a new footbridge leading to an island at the mouth of the Saranac River, located a few yards below the Delaware and Hudson railroad crossing, will provide access to a park which the city plans on establishing in March.
▶ A county-wide pneumonia control program, instituted this month by the Clinton County Medical Society, is scheduling local doctors to give public addresses to 14 Home Bureau groups. “The cooperation of individuals with physicians is essential to prevent needless deaths from pneumonia, the greatest killer among communicable diseases today,” said Dr. Edward Rogers, director of the New York State Bureau of Pneumonia Control.
▶ An all-day potato school will be held at the polling place on Picket’s Corners in Saranac to discuss recommended practices in growing potatoes. Professor E.V. Hardenburg from the department of vegetable crops will give the results of the potato rotation experiments in Brainardsville and the results of test plots of new varieties.
100 YEARS — 1914
▶ G . A. Williams, proprietor of a skating rink on Peru Street, was held in jail in lieu of $500 bail after allegedly refusing admission to his business to soldiers in uniform. Williams’s attorney argued that the skating rink was a private place of amusement and the proprietor could exclude whom he desired. Judge Hagar ruled that the law forbidding the exclusion of soldiers in uniform from places of amusement because of their uniforms applied to skating rinks.
▶ City Fire Department Chief Engineer Merrihew criticized the telephone company and recommended the purchase of a modern electric truck for the department at the annual report of the fire department to the Common Council. “The Telephone Company’s failure to give the assistance and service formerly rendered has been a severe handicap this past year and the Department’s failure to make provision for the loss of this service has resulted in considerable loss of property.”
▶ At the meeting of the chess and checker club at the YMCA, a number of series of games were continued. The club plans to open up contests with other chess and checker organizations in the association and arrange for a tournament which will include the best players in the state.
▶ Locals gathered around a circular rink on the river above the Bridge Street bridge to witness a 10-mile skating race between Paul Seymour of Plattsburgh and Alfred Porter of Schenectady. Seymour dropped out at the end of the eighth mile, while Porter finished the race. The crowd watched the contest from the bridge and along the river banks.
— Compiled by Contributing Writer Amy Heggen