April 22, 2013

Lookback: April 22 to 29


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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.

The Crete Memorial Civic Center might well be under construction this summer, Mayor John J. Tyrell predicted. He made this statement following the Crete brothers disclosure that they will advance $500,000 of their promised $900,000 budget if the city would put up $250,000, and federal matching funds can be obtained.

75 YEARS — 1938

Harry L. Bosworth, Clinton County Works Progress Administration director, announced that the 32 WPA laborers in the town of Clinton who were left without jobs when work was terminated on a WPA road project would be transferred to the Bradley Pond Road project by May 1. The latter project is in the town of Ellenburg and is a County Road running from Ellenburg to the Lyon Mountain Road.

Steam shovels crews are busy excavating in preparation for the erection of the new $500,000, 200 bed addition to Ray Brook State Hospital. The addition will be a three-story red brick structure and will serve as an infirmary and receiving building for the entire hospital.

The bodies of victims of two separate drownings were discovered recently. The body of Albert Aubin, 20 months old, who had been missing since February, was discovered in the AuSable chasm. The body of Daniel Shaw, 38, of Montréal, who had been missing since October, was discovered in a pool at the Saranac Lake golf course.

To replace a two-room wooden school building destroyed by fire in January, the voters of Saranac Central School District will consider spending $40,000 for the erection of a modern fireproof building with four classrooms. Two approved sites have been under consideration by the School Board.

100 YEARS — 1913

Telegraphic orders have been received at Plattsburgh Barracks for the third Battalion of the Fifth Infantry to be in readiness to proceed to the Gettysburg battlefield for guard duty during the reunion of the veterans — blue and gray — who participated in that memorable engagement 50 years ago.

Coroner G. H. Oliver of Malone was notified that a human skeleton had been found lying in the woods near Owl’s Head. The skeleton was found by Richard Bouyea, a well-known guide of the neighborhood, while passing through the woods not far from the little hamlet.

Byron Cameron of Saranac Lake and Charles J. Riley, of Plattsburgh, are in Boston today to testify as defendants in the case of a shipment of pike from Lake Champlain into the state of Massachusetts, in violation of the law. The Pike were netted by the pair in Canadian waters on Lake Champlain, where netting his legal, but the practice is illegal in both New York State and Massachusetts.

Plattsburgh city officials are to be guests at the first trip of a 42-passenger motor bus of the Suburban Transportation Company. Owing to the almost impassable condition of the unimproved roads between Troy and this city it was found impossible to bring the bus to the city on its own power, and it was therefore shipped here by freight, where it was unloaded and deemed to be up to expectations in every particular, and ready for travel.

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Shawn Ryan