April 1, 2013

Lookback: April 1 to 7


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25 YEARS — 1988

By a 2 to 1 vote, Clinton County municipal workers nixed a union contract that offered a 15 percent wage increase over three years. With this no vote, the 500 County employees represented by CSEA move into their third month working without a union contract.

An unspecified number of SUNY Plattsburgh hockey team members have been suspended for the first semester of the 1988–89 hockey season. The action results from an all-night party members of the team held in the Stafford Ice Arena locker room following the season ending loss to Babson University March 12.

The village of Rouses Point may have to pump as much is $12,500 into the Rouses Point Recreation Center to keep it open next season. The tentative 1988–89 budget shows the village contributing $11,129 to the operation of the recreation center next season, but the center is still expected to run $1,387 in the red.

State Sen. Ronald B. Stafford announced that a $1.3 million helicopter for medical emergencies in Northeastern New York will be purchased by the state. The new craft will be located in Ray Brook, replacing the Military Assistance to Safety and Traffic helicopter formerly assigned to Plattsburgh Air Force Base.

50 YEARS — 1963

Hopeful teenage drinkers will find the tavern doors slammed in their faces from now on. Clinton County restaurant owners will be warned today to turn away all ID cards until new ones can be issued, according to the County Hotel and Restaurant Association.

Unanimous agreement to proceed with preliminary plans to conduct a Tri–County vocational training survey to determine the need for a vocational school was reached at a meeting of area educators at the Morrisonville Central School. Dr. John Harrold, superintendent of District 1, called for a vote of all those attending, and all approved taking initial steps.

The Diamond National Corporation has installed a dry–debarking machine at its Plattsburgh molded–packaging mill in hopes of alleviating the water pollution problem in Lake Champlain. The new machine, which went to work this week, is already eliminating two-thirds to three-quarters of bark fragments from the mill output, according to plant engineers.

How could the town of Beekmantown be insured against tax losses from removing Point Au Roche from the town’s tax rolls in order to make a recreational park out of it? The probable answer: Let the county buy or lease what is now St. Armand’s beach, a part of the proposed county park site, from the town.

75 YEARS — 1938

Moores is to have a new, modern $200,000 central school building, made possible by a grant in the amount of $177,000 from the Federal Public Works Administration. Sealed bids for general construction, heating and ventilation, well-water system, plumbing and electrical work were received by the Board of Education of Central School District No. 1.

K. F. Williams, superintendent of forest fire control of the state Conservation Department, announced the appointment of observers for forest fire duty, and urged the rangers to continue the record set in 1937 when forest fires reached an all-time low in the history of the department. While no date was set for the ascent of the observers to their lonely post, the men were warned to be ready for immediate call.

An inmate at the state hospital in Dannemora was recaptured last night, a few hours after he fled from the hospital grounds. Nicholas Martino, 18, was found walking along the main highway at West Plattsburgh around 9:30 p.m., and was returned to the hospital.

100 YEARS — 1913

Gov. William Sulzer signed a bill allowing the town of Mooers to divide its cemetery, thus providing the Catholic portion of that community with a burial place which will meet the requirements of the church. In 1899 the town of Mooers authorized the purchase of 16 acres in that town for cemetery purposes.

The Board of Public Works met to consider bids for construction of concrete walks in the City of Plattsburgh. The contract was awarded to S. Burdo and Company.

A warrant for Mrs. Anna J. Bannister, proprietor of a millinery store, was issued charging her a violation of the state factory law for working a female for more than nine hours. The violation alleged is of a section of law known as the 54 hour law.

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Shawn Ryan