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September 10, 2012

Lookback: Sept. 10 - 16

25 YEARS  —  1987

▶ Everyone knows that the city Water Pollution Control Plant smells. But what makes the exhaust so fragrant? To answer that pungent question – a query that has plagued the city since the 1970s when the plant was built at the mouth if the Saranac River – city aldermen informally agreed last week to fund a $40,500 odor evaluation.

▶ City leaders rejected a Georgia-Pacific request Thursday to rent a city parking lot for management workers in case of a paper mill strike. “I really don’t think the city wants to get in the middle of this. There is plenty of private property they could rent,” Ward Alderman Robert Hall said of G-P’s plan to park managers at the Crete Memorial Civic Center and bus them to the North Margaret Street plant.

▶ Last Friday was a typical day for spinach farmer Charles Botto: he needed 125 workers, but only 100 had shown up. Even in Franklin County, where high unemployment has been a constant problem for decades, vegetable farmers are now having a difficult time finding workers to harvest their fields.

▶ Robert Shimko would like to overhaul City Hall. But his scheme for a better City of Plattsburgh – replacing the three ward, six-alderman system with a common council of nine aldermen elected at large – faces bureaucratic inertia and established opposition.

▶ David and Penny Carr won’t be buying a new automobile or major appliance any time soon. James and Jean McKee have started to squirrel away some extra cash. The Carrs and McKees are beginning to take steps to minimize the bad economic effects a possible strike at International Paper Co.’s Ticonderoga plant will have on their families next year.

50 YEARS — 1962

▶ Clinton Prison will provide facilities for inmate plastic surgery, a new concept in area prison medical circles, beginning next month. In announcing the new plastic surgery center, Dr. Jameson said the first operations will be performed on 26 Clinton Prison inmates who have already requested plastic surgery. However, once the program is initiated, inmates from correctional institutes throughout the state may be allowed to come to Dannemora prison for needed surgery or treatment.

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