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July 7, 2014

Lookback: Week of July 7 to 13

25 YEARS — 1989

• As of July 1, the Railroad Depot in Westport is once again serving the purpose for which it was constructed in 1876. It has officially re-opened to serve Amtrak passengers using the Westport stop on the Delaware & Hudson Albany-Montreal line. D&H discontinued its passenger trains on this line in April 1971, at which time the Depot was closed down. All work has been done in conformance with an architectural plan for the facility prepared by the Depot Theater group and the Essex County Planning Office.

• A new federal law, if passed, would invalidate nine of New York's 10 proposed low-level radioactive waste sites, including the one straddling the towns of Altona and Ellenburg. The bill would prohibit placing a waste site within 60 miles of a state or international border unless approved by that neighboring state or country. Rep. David O'B Martin (R-Canton) said there is no need for the 16 proposed dumps currently on state agendas because there is not enough radioactive waste being generated to warrant them.

• Students in kindergarten through fourth-grade at Keeseville Elementary School will be able to eat a good breakfast before class as the school enters a pilot program in the fall. The program will serve a large percentage of kids who may not be eating a good breakfast before boarding the bus in the morning, school officials said. The meals would include such fare as toast, cereal pancakes and eggs and cost 50 cents with reduced prices available for eligible students.

50 YEARS — 1964

• A Plattsburgh officer was honored as the first to smell out Soviet offensive missiles in Cuba and for devising the "trapizoidal area theory" which permitted their speedy discovery through air reconnaissance. The U.S. Armed Forces gave public recognition to Naval Capt. Charles Robert Clark Jr. The 46-year-old officer, a veteran of World War II, was awarded the new "Joint Services Commendation Award." He already holds the Navy Cross and the Bronze Star.

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