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July 8, 2013

Lookback: July 8 to 14

25 YEARS — 1988

A Ticonderoga man, wrongfully sentenced to prison 19 years ago, convinced the state court that six village police officers — two thirds of the local police force — should be fired, including one of the officers who arrested him in 1969. The state Appellate Division ruled that Ticonderoga police chief Horace Snow and five of his patrolman and constables were hired improperly.

The House, grappling with one of its most sensitive political issues, sidestepped a decision on whether to let the Pentagon shutdown unneeded military bases. But Rep. David O.B. Martin predicted the Plattsburgh Air Force Base will remain an important Strategic Air Command facility for years to come, even if it loses is contingent of FB–111 bombers to NATO, as is now expected.

Two developers and an investment firm have made serious inquiries about the purchase of Fort Montgomery from Rouses Point industrialist and developer Victor Podd. Podd, who once offered to donate Fort Montgomery to the state in an attempt to save it from total ruin, is now offering to sell the 171–year–old fortress for $2.5 million.

For the first time ever in the 14 years that local unemployment records have been kept, Franklin County unemployment has dropped below 6 pecent. “I think anybody who wants to work is working now,” said Stephen Dutton, director of the Franklin County Industrial Development Agency. “Our economy is the best I’ve ever seen.”

50 YEARS — 1963

Dr. John W. Harrold of Ellenburg Depot, the new Clinton County school superintendent, said he will order a reorganization of the County’s Board of Cooperative Educational Services this summer. Harrold said he’ll arrange for creation of a single board.

Plans for a Clinton County community college, temporarily put on ice two years ago, have been permanently shelved. Paul B. Orvis, executive dean for institutes and community colleges, State University of New York, said the need for training is here but the number of youths within commuting distance does not justify the undue cost local taxpayers.

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