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February 18, 2013

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Plans are in the works now to establish a “corrections college” in the North Country, according to Clinton Prison Warden J. Edwin LaVallee. The concept of a college degree in correction is part of a general trend toward professionalization within the corrections field, LaVallee said.

75 YEARS — 1937

According to State Police, the triangle area between Plattsburgh, Cadyville and Morrisonville has the highest accident rate in the region. Police aim to crack down on the highway mayhem.

The icy waters of Lake Champlain claimed the lives of father and his two sons, who plunged through treacherously thin ice as they were returning from a Sunday fishing expedition near Westport. A fourth member the party scrambled to safety and summoned aid, which arrived a moment too late to rescue one of the youths, who clung for 25 minutes to the broken ice.

The search for the body of 20-month-old Albert Aubin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Armand Aubin of AuSable Forks, has failed to find any trace of the missing boy. His tiny footprints led to the banks of the AuSable river which flows past the Aubin residence on Forge Street.

100 YEARS — 1913

The need for a more efficient class of election officers is emphasized in the annual report of the state superintendent of elections for the year 1912. That report sites election officers of Clinton County with having made thousands of errors and omissions in registry and poll books.

Edward E. Grimmel, formerly confined in Dannemora prison, whose skull was operated on there by specialists so that he would reform, was found guilty of burglary and will probably be sent away for life as a habitual criminal. He was in Clinton Prison in March, 1909, when he went to the authorities with a request that his brain be altered so that he would be forever good. He was paroled in 1912, but that same year was caught cracking a safe.

The little village of Chateaugay met with the severe loss at an early hour when the entire Star Excelsior Company was  destroyed by fire. The fire burned with great rapidity, and despite the efforts of the firemen. The building was in a short time a mass of flames and beyond all hope of saving.

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Shawn Ryan

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