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May 12, 2014

Lookback: Week of May 12 to 18

25 YEARS — 1989

• Local veteran groups will meet to determine the best site for the village's vintage World War II gun mount. Earlier this year, the village board authorized village Trustee Tom Batha to sign an agreement with the Navy to acquire the 34,000 pound gun, which was obtained for free. The cost of transporting the gun to Rouses Point is estimated at $2,500. 

• North Elba town councilmen have introduced a local law requiring all exposed elements of signs to be made of wood, stone or ornamental metal as a way to improve the area's aesthetics. Lawmakers also introduced a measure designed to impose tighter restrictions on development around Mirror Lake and Lake Placid, requiring the planning board to review any new development within 500 feet of the shores of both lakes. 

• According to the State of New York Division of Alcoholism, the number of DWIs issued rose 83 percent in the past 10 years. The North Country Council on Alcoholism in Saranac Lake is available to all residents of the North Country who feel that they may have an alcohol problem. The council, which serves Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties, is just one of many alternatives in the area for people with an alcohol problem. "Many of our patients are sent here by their bosses, the courts or an Employee Assistance Program," said Randy Bixler, director of the council. 

50 YEARS — 1964

• Hamid Shallal, reigstrar and director of admissions at the University of Baghdad, is observing procedures at SUNY Plattsburgh, among other universities in the United States. Shallal said there's a similarity between the education department at the University of Baghdad and at SUNY Plattsburgh — both have elementary schools for teachers to practice. In elementary schools in Baghdad the boys and girls are separated, but not in high school or college. All of the government schools are free, he added. 

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