August 27, 2012

Lookback: Aug. 27-Sept. 2


---- — 25 YEARS – 1987

Smoke may blow out the ears of students who smoke cigarettes, when Saranac Central School District tells them this September that they can no longer light up on school property. On a topic of discussion that spanned the Saranac School Board of Education’s summer meetings, it was finally decided Aug. 17 to prohibit students from smoking in school or at an outside smoking area, which is where it was previously allowed.

New lifesaving technology planned for the city’s ambulance service may cost $28,000 per year and will certainly result in higher ambulance user fees. Mayor Carlton Rennell said that advanced training for emergency medical technicians on the city’s firefighting force – plus pay differential for those specially trained firemen pulling ambulance duty – will combine to force the fee hikes.

Dixie Mercier is pretty happy that the town of Plattsburgh just won’t leave well enough alone. Mercier and her neighbors on Facteau Avenue, Tom Miller Road and Newell Avenue will soon say goodbye to their wells and say hello to a whole new water system, thanks to a newly approved $340,000 loan from the Farmers Home Administration.

John Linney threatened to sue the city for millions if the Municipal Lighting Department unplugs the power to his Plattsburgh Plaza store. Linney was cited for violations of an MLD regulation that prohibits multiple meters on single businesses. Refusing to alter his electrical system, Linney argued that the regulation has no basis in safety and that he is being singled out for prosecution.

50 YEARS – 1962

Plattsburgh is going to get an $80,000 civic and recreational center as a gift from two senior citizens who “feel it’s about time we did something for the city.” The city’s benefactors are Arthur H. and Wilfred D. Crete, both of South Catherine Street. One of the conditions of the gift is that the center, which will be a memorial to their parents, be erected within the boundaries of the city’s Sixth Ward.

The central part of Essex County is being advised how to cope with a wave of prosperity the Adirondack Northway may bring it. The advice is contained in a land-use study of Elizabethtown and vicinity. The study forms an exhibit now on view at the Adirondack Center Museum in Elizabethtown.

Clinton County Assemblyman Robert J. Feinberg asked for immediate release of state funds to raise the pay of corrections officers. The State Civil Service Commission has approved entrance level pay raises for corrections officers to span from $5,280 to $6,470 and, with seniority increments, to $6,949.

Plattsburgh may have run into another snag in its search for a new dump site. Common Council approved designation of a site on Route 374, nine miles west of the city and a little west of Cadyville. But the Town of Plattsburgh is calling a special meeting to hear what promises to be a large number of complaints about the arrangements.

75 YEARS – 1937

The First Squadron, Third Cavalry, 170 men and 150 horses, from Fort Ethan Allen, Vt., reached Plattsburgh Barracks and went into camp on the rifle range. The squadron, led by Lt. Col. T.H. Rees, Jr. is engaged in making a 300 mile practice march around Lake Champlain and Lake George.

Struck by an automobile while bicycling on the Plattsburgh-Peru Road a short distance from the city limits, Raymond Laundry, 13, of Route 3, died while being rushed to the Champlain Valley Hospital. The youth received a compound fracture to the skull, multiple fractures of the left arm and numerous lacerations. The driver of the car that struck the boy was Fred Trombly, about 60, of Salmon River, according to police reports.

One person was instantly killed and 11 others injured, nearly all of them seriously, during three Sunday afternoon automobile accidents in the Plattsburgh area. Killed when the car he was driving crashed head-on into another was Loyal Boushior, 17, of Altona.

100 YEARS – 1912

Lake Champlain is becoming more and more a favorite resort of summer vacationers from Albany and vicinity. It has quite a colony of Albanians, many of whom have summer homes here, and many others who stay at Lake Champlain hotels and boarding houses.

The body of Ethiel Wilcox of Pelhan, N.Y., was found in the Saranac River, below the High Falls near Redford, about 20 miles west of Plattsburgh about 4 p.m. Saturday. Wilcox, who was about 25 years of age, was visiting High Falls and attempted to climb around the ledge and disappeared from view. It was thought at first that she was hiding and later believed that she was lost in the woods.

Gerta Simonson of New York City, accompanied by Eanar Lindeblad of Montreal, went to Dannemora to visit their countryman, Foulke E. Brandt, the former valet of Mortimer Schiff of New York City, who was sentenced to a term of 30 years at Dannemora on a charge of burglary. Simonson and Lindeblad went from here on the noon train and were received by Warden Kaiser who permitted them to speak with Brandt for a few minutes, just long enough to exchange greetings.

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Shawn Ryan