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April 22, 2013

Lookback: April 22 to 29

25 YEARS — 1988

A Niagara Falls developer has proposed renovating the city’s North End by constructing a $20 million hotel, convention center and housing complex on city-owned property near the City Beach. The plans involve a complete facelift of the public beach, including construction of a pavilion to feature shops, arcade, food outlets, bathhouse and adjoining boardwalk.

A Pyramid Corporation spokesman said sales at Champlain Centre South were $2 million less than expected, but that the company picked up $26 million from business at the North Mall. The spokesman said Pyramid was willing to take a $2 million loss if it meant making $24 million.

Another complaint has been lodged with the Rouses Point Village Board about the condition of the Saxony Hotel and Lounge, which was badly damaged by fire in January 1984.

Pleading guilty to a reduced charge, Thomas Tatarian Jr. apologized to the family of the young woman he killed 16 months ago and vowed to make himself a better person. The 23-year-old admitted to a charge of criminally negligent homicide in the vehicular death of 21-year-old Toni Bloom.

50 YEARS — 1963

Saranac voters will soon be asked to approve a $124,000 bond issue to build a bus garage to house grades one through six at Saranac Central School. The new building would be used strictly as a temporary measure to take care of the overflow students expected next year, according to School Board President Robert Kanaly.

The Clinton County Board of Supervisors put the Point au Roche project on mothballs after proponents on the board staged a last minute effort to keep it active. Town of Beekmantown supervisor Virgil T. Luck simply announced, “There will be no further effort on the Point au Roche proposal.”

The Provisional Olympic Organizing Committee will need guarantees about $26,000 between now and next fall to get its 1968 winter games bid to Innsbruck, Austria, in time. Up until a week or so ago, the apparent need was $65,000, but the federal government is picking up some of the cost, according to committee president J. Bernard Fell.

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