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December 3, 2012

Lookback: Dec. 3 to 9

25 YEARS — 1987

▶ A $50,000 grant was awarded to the town of Saranac through the efforts of the Rural Preservation Company of Clinton County, a group which was founded by the senior citizens club of Saranac and which has become a major factor in helping to provide suitable housing for the elderly in the area.

▶ The Council of Community Services, which has acted as a catalyst for the identification and servicing of social needs in Clinton County, will cease operations at the end of the calendar year.

▶ Following a flap last week with the Municipal Lighting Department over the propriety of using city crews to install Christmas lights on private businesses, downtown merchants say they intend to install recently purchased festive lights themselves by the end of the week.

▶ Unless Santa Claus, in the form of a parking committee, delivers about 130 more parking spaces to the campus of Plattsburgh State University College this Christmas, students will continue to face parking dilemmas next semester.

▶ The regional director of the Department of Environmental Conservation told Essex County lawmakers that if nothing is done to solve the county’s trash problems, DEC will crack down and began to enforce its policies regarding solid waste disposal.

50 YEARS — 1962

▶ Two soft-spoken senior students at Mount Assumption Institute will be arraigned on charges of first-degree murder. They are accused of beating a 66-year-old salesman to death on Bridge Street.

▶ Three public officials, among them Mayor John J. Tyrell, have lent support to Plattsburgh proposed $2.25 million high school. In public statements Mayor Tyrell, Clinton County Assemblyman Robert J. Feinberg, and Robert S. Long, president of the Board of Education, gave their reasons for approving the bond issue which comes to a special vote soon.

▶ Area farmers may take advantage of a farm management program which will begin Jan. 1 under sponsorship of the Clinton County Agricultural Department, said agricultural extension agent Merle Reese. At least 22 farmers are enrolled in the program, according to Reese.

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