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January 21, 2013

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▶ Common Council will be asked next week to contact Clinton County Assemblyman Robert Feinberg to seek information from the state on whose responsibility it is to “clean up the waterfront,” along North Margaret Street. Dr. Joseph Rudmin, county health commissioner, headed the discussion that concerned itself with the debris that has accumulated over the years along the beach in the North Margaret Street motel area.

75 YEARS — 1938

▶ Phelps Smith, son of the late Paul Smith, and proprietor of the Adirondack resort established by his father, provided in his will for the founding of a college on St. Regis Lake and a country club, both of which were to bear his father’s name. Mr. Smith, who had extensive interests in the Adirondacks, died of pneumonia Jan. 17 at the age of 74.

▶ Fire companies from five nearby communities assisted in battling a fire at Willsboro early last evening, which, for a time, threatened to wipe out the entire business district. The fire started in the Coffee Pot restaurant located in the Edwards block or “Old Tin” block as it is commonly referred to by the residents at Willsboro.

▶ About 10 more days will be required to complete the Weston contracts on the Rouses Point bridge. At the present time, 60 men are employed but it is said that this number will be decreased in the next few days when the cutting of the piles for the fender booms is finished.

▶ At a regular meeting, the Plattsburgh Common Council repealed the local law governing the retirement of local employees on half-time pay. The repeal does not affect anyone now receiving half-time salary, but prevents others who have served 30 years in the city’s employ from receiving such benefits.

100 YEARS — 1913

▶ A peculiar and possibly fatal accident at what is known as the Manly flats and South Plattsburgh occurred recently where a number of young people were skating on the new ice. When the crowd was the largest, Viotor Santor, a lad of about 15, stumbled and fell. In the crowd which came up behind him was Rubin Cooke, aged about 18. Cooke fell over the prostrate skater and in doing so came in contact with the sharp field hockey skate, cutting a short but deep wound to his throat, possibly severing his jugular vein. The boy is at his home, near death.

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