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February 25, 2013

Lookback: Week of Feb. 24 to March 3

25 YEARS — 1988

The Department of Environmental Conservation has brought charges against Richard Nephew, a Mooers Forks man who removed three bear cubs from a den that he allegedly told officers had been disturbed by earth-moving equipment. After consultation with Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Ryan Jr., the DEC issued two tickets to Nephew for failure to notify DEC officials within 24 hours of capturing the cubs and for taking three bears less than 1 year old.

An unnamed developer intends to build a major hotel at the Plattsburgh City Beach, according to a city-hired development consultant. Ann Finnigan, a director for the National Development Council, told city aldermen that the nonprofit consulting group she works for has begun negotiations with the developer.

City aldermen threw their full weight behind a special election for Ward 2 and resolved to accept no appointment for the vacant Common Council seat. Voting unanimously for a firmly worded resolution that negates Mayor Carlton Rennell’s power to appoint a replacement for Peter Blummett, aldermen directed Rennell to ask Gov. Mario Cuomo to call a special election as soon as possible.

North Country educator H. David Chamberlain was appointed the presidency of Paul Smith’s College, concluding a national search begun last fall. Chamberlain, who leaves a position as dean of Agriculture, Life Sciences and Public Service at SUNY Agricultural and Technical College, will divide his time between Canton and Paul Smith’s for the next month.

50 YEARS — 1963

Two teenagers who pleaded guilty to murder in the second degree will be sentenced in Clinton County Supreme Court. Edward J. Fontaine, 18, and Joseph J. MacKay, 17, have escaped the possibility of death in the electric chair in the slaying Dec. 2 of Harrold Stratton, a 66-year-old car salesman.

The Georgia-Pacific Corporation of Portland has acquired Vanity Fair Paper Mills of Plattsburgh and Willsboro through an exchange of stock completed recently. Vanity Fair will hereafter be known as the Vanity Fair Division of Georgia–Pacific, and Robert A. Schumacher will remain Vanity Fair’s president.

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