25 YEARS — 1989
Frontier Town, a 300-acre park in North Hudson, was sold to Panther Mountain Water Park Inc. for $1.3 million, and the new owners promise to reopen the theme park. The park originally opened in 1952 and employed 300 people on a seasonal basis, featuring Wild West shows. Now it will also feature a restaurant, cafeteria, two motels and a gasoline station, the new owner says.
The Franklin County Department of Social Services expects the robust economy and changes in the workforce and welfare laws to double the need for daycare services within the next four years. The new welfare-reform act requires recipients whose children are over 3 years old to work at least 16 hours per week. About 30 people attended a meeting for organizing a task force to respond to the demand.
Bob Shannon recently took over operation of the Strand Theatre and has plans to offer second-run movies at a reduced ticket price at the theater which continues to have the best prices in town. Shannon said the only way to make the plan work is with the support of the town. “It’s a grand theater. It would be a shame to close it down.”
Water from Peru’s Furnace Brook Reservoir regularly measures near the allowable 100 parts-per-billion of trihalomethane, a suspected carcinogen. More stringent THM levels will go into effect this year, forcing the town to start expensive treatment of the water or to find a new source. A Plattsburgh geologist hired by Peru has found four sites in Peru that could produce enough clean water to meet the needs of the steadily developing town.
50 YEARS — 1964
The Keeseville Fire Department raised $5,300, surpassing their goal of $4,000, for a new ambulance that will be delivered to the rescue squad. The funds to replace the old, inoperative ambulance were raised during an all-day house-to-house solicitation.
Federal investigators are arriving next month to look for a new $170,000 post office for Keeseville. The new building is to contain about 5,000 square feet of space. The current post office building on the east side of Front Street, which has been leased for 20 years, serves about 2,300 people.
Flames engulfed the St. Regis Hotel in Saranac Lake in about 30 minutes, though for the first 10 minutes some guests were still asleep. All 17 guests of the five-story, 48-room building were saved, and only a few sustained injuries. One man leaped from the hotel roof to a neighboring roof for safety, while others jumped into safety nets from the fourth floor, after much hesitation. Only two walls of the $250,000 hotel were left standing.
The Plattsburgh Air Force Base is scheduled for a 22 percent reduction of military personnel because of a switch from KC-97 to KC-135 jet air refuelers as well as a replacement of B-47 medium bomber wings with a squadron of B-52 heavy bombers. New missions from Plattsburgh will include modern strategic warfare systems.
75 YEARS — 1939
Lyman Epps, 96, recently returned home from the hospital after suffering a heart attack. As a child, Epps sat on the knee of abolitionist John Brown, who confided in Epps’s father. His family settled here through the influence of the abolitionist.
While returning from a visit with friends in Vergennes, Vt., Henry Bezio determined the ice was strong enough to cross Lake Champlain, but opened all the doors as a precaution. About 150 feet from the Vermont shore, Bezio heard the ice crack and threw four of his children onto safe ice, but was unable to save his 3-year-old daughter and his 20-year-old housekeeper. The four surviving children were sent to Moses Ludington Hospital, where they were in critical condition because of exposure.
A black rabbit, said to be as rare as an albino deer, was shot by Roger Hickok near his home in Bloomingdale. Ray Burmaster, chief game protector of the district, said it’s the first black rabbit reported in five years. Incidentally, importation of rabbits from mid-western states into New York for restocking purposes has been banned.
100 YEARS — 1914
The Plattsburgh City Superintendent of Public Works is calling the attention of water consumers regarding the waste of water. During the past 48 hours the water in the distributing reservoirs has fallen several feet and there is a danger of water famine if consumers continue to waste water.
For the past four years M. H. Farrell was in charge of the box office at the Plattsburgh Theater and is unquestionably the best theater man in this section. Patrons of the Plattsburgh Theater will be disappointed to learn that Farrell recently severed his connection with the theater.
A card party at the Witherill Hotel will benefit a new library at Champlain Valley Hospital as attendees and others can leave donated books at the hotel. Much pleasure could be afford to patients of the hospital if they were furnished with books of interest and value.
— Compiled by Contributing Writer Amy Heggen