September 17, 2012

Lookback: Sept 17-23


---- — 25 YEARS – 1987

Cumberland Head residents near Blair and Spearman Roads appeared at the public hearing of the Town of Plattsburgh Planning Board to protest the proposed subdivision of their neighborhood. Thomas Latinville appeared before the board to request approval of his plan to build 12 single family homes on land south of Blair and north of Spearman on Cumberland Head. The board approved the plan, but because of residents’ concerns about groundwater contamination, added the condition that he supply the board with additional information about the surrounding wells.

High bidder Serge Lussi said his $8.6 million offer on the Lake Placid Club Resort is $2 million higher than what he offered the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation last year. “It’s not worth any more than that,” Lussi said. “That was made clear yesterday. It’s a fair price.” The 1,100-acre resort was auctioned at the Omni Park Center Hotel in New York City.

The $20 million Korean Veterans’ Memorial Bridge will be dedicated twice on Tuesday, once on the New York state side and a second time on the Vermont side. “I am completely confused as to who is calling the shots here. I received an official invitation, as president of the chamber, from the Vermont agency of transportation to a bridge opening on the Vermont side of the bridge as soon as dedication is done on the New York side,” Rouses Point-Champlain Chamber of Commerce president Robert Morgan said. “I’m dumbfounded at this point.”

E City Community Development Director Dan Malone is holding his breath. In about one week, the state should decide if Plattsburgh’s riverfront Verdantique Park will get Environmental Quality Bond Act money: as much as $2,405,000 in matching funds over three years. If the city application makes the grade, construction can finally begin on the Park that will tie together the mouth of the Saranac River and the city’s western boundary.

50 YEARS – 1962

The Plattsburgh school district put its school building program into high gear recently. At a special meeting the Board of Education officially named Rugar Street the site for a new senior high school; authorized the school architect to proceed with preliminary plans for a building not to exceed $2.25 million; drafted a time schedule with the latest date for occupation being September 1964; and set the wheels in motion for appointment of a lay advisory committee.

Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller will be coming to soon visit large areas of Essex County. The governor will land at the Saranac Lake airport about noon and speak at the Saranac Lake Armory. Then he will be escorted by County Republicans to Elizabethtown, where he will address a gathering at the courthouse.

The Diocese of Ogdensburg is in need of 64 more priests, the most Rev. James J. Navagh, bishop of the diocese, said in Plattsburgh. That sum has been estimated as the requirement for building a new Wadhams Hall seminary in Ogdensburg for the training of men preparing for the priesthood.

Plattsburgh High School students flood the downtown area and stores weekday noons because “everybody’s doing it,” according to students interviewed by the Press Republican. They also claim that PHS eating facilities are not very hospitable, and much too crowded. “I’d stay at school if we had a cafeteria like they do at Broad Street School,” 18-year-old Lawrence Stone said.

75 YEARS – 1937

Violence flared anew in northern New York’s 7-week-old milk strike as 300 dairy farmers union pickets, armed with pitchforks, clubs and rocks, picketed the Sheffield Condensed Milk Company’s plant at Ellenburg and served notice on non-union producers that attempts to deliver milk to the plant would be met with physical rebuffs. Two milk trucks, belonging to the Sheffield Company, were stopped, their drivers forced to alight and the contents and trucks dumped. A third truck broke through the picket lines by crashing through a barricade pickets had set up on a bridge leading to the plant.

The village of Rouses Point has filed revised electric rates with the public service commission which are estimated to save consumers of the municipal plant about $2,500 annually. The plant furnishes electricity in the village of Rouses Point. Reduced electric rates have recently been filed with a number of other municipal electric plants within the public service commission.

For the first time in the history of the Adirondacks a convention group will dine on top of a mountain peak, when delegates to the New York Organizations of Nurses holds a sunrise breakfast on top of Whiteface Mountain. The breakfast will be served in the new Whiteface Castle located at the end of the Whiteface Mountain Memorial Highway. The castle is proving very popular with motorists, particularly during the “Month of Flaming Leaves,” when one may view the beauty of the Adirondacks that have been tempered in reds and golds with the magic paintbrush of Jack Frost.

Secretary of Commerce Roper says his department will add nearly 3,000 miles to the federal airways system. Roper declares the $2 million which Congress authorized him to spend serial navigation in 1940 will improve the existing routes and add new ones to the system. One of the new routes Roper says will be added is from Albany to Rouses Point.

100 YEARS – 1912

Mount Assumption Institute of Plattsburgh, founded by the order of the Brothers of Christian Instruction, announced plans to admit as students boys from 12 to 14 years of age, this being the first preparatory school of the order in this country. Success has grown of the efforts of the brothers, and the Institute is taxed to its utmost to provide accommodations for the applicants.

To the steadily increasing custom of motoring during one of the liveliest months of the year, September, may be the reason for the fact that the season for mountain resorts has gradually been strengthened, and tourist patronage continues to fairly fill the popular resorts. Motorists arriving at Hotel Champlain from the Lake George region advise avoiding the road from Ticonderoga via Schroon Lake, as considerable state road construction work is going on in that area. In addition to many road improvements the state of New York is spending millions of dollars enlarging the Champlain Canal, connecting the Hudson River with Lake Champlain, which will not only be of incalculable advantage to mercantile interests, but will also encourage more large pleasure craft visiting Champlain waters in coming seasons.

The town of Schroon is to hold a special town meeting to vote on a proposition to appropriate $2,000 for the purpose of macadamizing the main street of the village of Schroon Lake. A state road, with the 16-foot roadway, is to be built through the village and it proposed that the town macadamize the remainder of the street along both sides of this roadway to the curbing.

Parole officer Farrington and officer Price of Clinton prison had an experience on Chazy Lake which they will not soon forget: being lost in the waters of Lake for four hours and only getting their bearings after midnight by climbing a tree and locating George Badger’s hotel which was less than 200 feet from where they were wandering aimlessly in the water up to their armpits. The two men had left Severance’s camp on the east side of the lake shortly after eight o’clock in a rowboat with the intention of crossing to Badger’s dock, on the opposite side. A gale was blowing and rain was falling at the time they left the camp and on their trip across the lake the waves ran high, swamping and then sinking their small boat.

— Compiled by Shawn Ryan