April 30, 2012

Lookback: April 30-May 6


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25 YEARS AGO — 1987

▶ Several area schools will be treated to a program on acid rain by Judith Koenig and Esther Anne MacCready, members the Association for the Preservation of Adirondack Lakes. The program will start the first of the month in Peru.

▶ The owner of Plattsburgh's Airborne Park Speedway was informed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation that unless 15 truckloads of illegal fill — containing construction debris and household garbage — are removed from the racetrack, fines of $2,500 per violation and $1,000 per day will be given.

▶ CVPH Medical center is re-opening it's prison unit after two and a half years of feuding with the state. The unit was initially closed because the cost of operating the unit outweighed what CVPH was receiving from the state. In order to re-open the unit, CVPH had to pay $6,000 in fees.

▶ Local school and charter bus company, Bridgewater Transport, has been granted a contract with Clinton County for the operation of CART—Clinton Area Rural Transportation. Bridgewater Transportation was the only company that offered to run the public transportation.

50 YEARS AGO — 1962

▶ The Lions Club is hosting their annual door-to-door broom sale this week in conjunction with Plattsburgh's "Clean-Up Week." The club has nearly 1,300 brooms to sell and the proceeds will be split between the club's sight conservation program and the new eye bank program.

▶ According to a review of the Essex County budget, increased operating costs, raising salary scales, and a huge increase in highway and welfare programs have increased the counties budget $600,000 in the past four years.

▶ Plattsburgh city firemen were called to a total of 43 grass fires in the month of April, totaling in $2,515 damage.

▶ The remains of the third out of four victims of the B47 crash at Wrights Peak in January has been found. The remains of 1st Lt. Albert W. Kandetzki Jr., 25, of Sunnyvale, Calif., were confirmed and his family was officially notified.

75 YEARS AGO — 1937

▶ A retreat parade will be held at the Plattsburgh Barracks in celebration of the Montreal Kiwanis visit. The event is open to the public.

▶ Lake Placid's Main Street hotel, The Alford Inn, officially changes its name to the Lake Placid Inn the first of the month.

▶ Malone Resident Mrs. M. K. Bennett has left her entire estate of $30,843 to the Alice Hyde Association in memory of her late sister Mrs. Estelle Kelsey.

▶ The primary grade students of Mooers Central Rural school are performing a three act operetta titled "The Land of Dreams Come True" to benefit the Bidwell Memorial Library of Mooers. The performance is being directed by Miss Evelyn Matthews.

100 YEARS AGO — 1912

▶ The home of C.W. McLellan — one of Champlain's most historic houses, built in 1601 — sustained considerable damage in a widespread fire in village. The fire did a total of $50,000 damage to a number of houses.

▶ Plattsburgh is receiving visitors from France who have come to deliver the bronze bust of "La France" by Rodin as a memorial of the explorer Champlain. The bust will be placed at the lighthouse at Crown Point.

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Kaitlyn Wait