May 27, 2013

Lookback: May 27 to June 2


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25 YEARS — 1988

Unemployment this spring in Franklin County has dropped to its lowest level in memory, with some employers now having difficulty finding qualified help. The April unemployment rate for Franklin County was 6.2 percent, which is nearly 4 percentage points lower than it has ever been in April during the 14 years that local unemployment rates have been kept.

A five-year sponsorship deal between the Olympic Regional Development Authority and Eastman Kodak Company has been finalized. The new $3 million summer freestyle jumping facility on Route 73 will now be called the Kodak Sports Park.

Officials from the International Paper Company and its two unions say it’s doubtful a labor agreement between both sides can be reached by the time the current contract expires next week. The unions, however, say they’ll work without a contract as long as negotiations continue.

Ganienkeh Territory Mohawks pushed forward with construction of a controversial high-stakes bingo hall last week even as their spokesmen and members of Governor Mario Cuomo’s staff were negotiating the operation’s fate. “We’re still going ahead with the bingo, and we made that very clear to the state,” said Mohawk spokesman Paul Delaronde.

By almost a 4-to-1 ratio, Saranac residents overwhelmingly voted for annexation of the Dannemora school district. The vote for annexation was narrowly defeated just one year ago.

50 YEARS — 1963

A five-member committee from the Village of Dannemora will travel to Albany to discuss possibilities of warding off educational consolidation. The Dannemora Board of Education approved the visit this week.

A practical nurses training school will be established soon in Clinton County. The first class is slated to begin July 1 and will be open to Clinton and Essex county residents only.

Garbage and refuse collection will get under way on schedule next week in the City of Plattsburgh. The collection will be made incrementally, with each section of the city being collected on the same day each week.

75 YEARS — 1938

Quoting figures compiled by the State Commissioner of Highways, Sen. Benjamin F. Feinberg submitted to the Constitutional Convention an amendment to compel the Legislature to make provisions for a more adequate highway system for the North Country. “We have arrived at the point where we can no longer ignore the fact that the Legislature has failed to live up to the provisions of its own law,” Feinberg declared.

Work is progressing rapidly on the extensive renovations that have been under way for several weeks at Hotel Au Sable Chasm, which was purchased several weeks ago by a group of Montreal men who will operate the resort and its 340-acre farm as a recreational and health center.

100 YEARS — 1913

The people of Clinton County have long known that Hon. John B. Riley, the new superintendent of prisons, is a warm advocate of the employment of convicts for the improvement of the highways in the vicinity of the different prisons in the state. Superintendent Riley announced it was his intention to extend the system of road making by convict labor, and that during the coming summer a much larger force of convicts than ever will be thus employed on the roads around Clinton prison.

William Cooke, past district deputy of the local Lodge of Odd Fellows, was advised that the next Grand Encampment of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of the state of New York will be held in Plattsburgh next year, and will bring with it several prominent members the famous order with their families and friends.

Jon Patnode, a well-known resident of Oneonta, met a horrible death, he being cut to pieces by a train on the Adirondack division of the New York Central Railroad between Whippleville and Chasm Falls. The unfortunate man was last seen alive at Whippleville, at that time standing near the tracks at the station talking with friends.

— Compiled by Contributing WriterShawn Ryan