April 16, 2012

Lookback: April 16-21


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25 YEARS AGO — 1987

▶ Auditions for this year's Summer Music Workshop productions have started in Plattsburgh — the two pieces that will be performed are "Carousel" and "Bye Bye Birdie."

▶ This year's Clinton Community College Foundation fundraiser is sporting a western theme; all cowboys and cowgirls are welcome to attend for a $15 admission — benefiting the Clinton Community College Scholarship fund — to dance and win a few prizes at the "O.K. Corral" and "Boot Hill."

▶ Plattsburgh State's Club Canada members participated in Chazy Central Rural School's French-Canadian Connection Day in relation to Clinton County's ongoing Imagination Celebration, sponsored by the Council on the Arts for Clinton County.

▶ The Davern Road bridge in Peru has been closed due to concerns that the high water level will become a safety hazard.

50 YEARS AGO — 1962

▶ Tickets for Plattsburgh Little Theatre's rendition of "Beauty and the Beast" are now available for purchase in local schools. The performance will be next week in the Plattsburgh High School auditorium and tickets are limited.

▶ Voters in the Town of Moriah approved of the centralization of seven school districts in Essex County by a 2-to-1 margin. The schools up for centralization are Port Henry, Mineville, Moriah, Moriah Center, Cheever Forge Hollow and Edgement.

▶ The recovery of the wrecked B-47 jet bomber that crashed in January on Wright's Peak has been delayed due to unfavorable weather conditions on the mountain.

▶ Plattsburgh's application for federal urban renewal funding passed through New York City and is on its way to Washington. Plattsburgh Mayor John J. Tyrell is optimistic about receiving the funding.

75 YEARS AGO — 1937

▶ The YMCA is bringing a miniature Century of Progress Exposition titled "The House of Magic" to the Plattsburgh High School auditorium. The exhibit demonstrates the modern miracles of electricity and was one of the most popular features of this year's Chicago World's Fair.

▶ An explosion in the laboratory of Essex High School badly burned 23-year-old science teacher Howard Pease. The explosion, caused by the addition of water to a kerosene and sodium mixture, may have left Pease blind in one eye.

▶ The Village Board of Saranac Lake has set a tentative budget of $180,183.93, which is scheduled to come before an upcoming public hearing.

▶ The Malone School for the Deaf has been assured of the construction of a new building and has been provided with a $130,000 appropriation from the state.

100 YEARS AGO — 1912

▶ Mrs. M.H. Farrel and John T. Lavin won best costumes at the "Rube" dance and card party held by the Plattsburgh Council.

▶ An AuSable Forks fire caused $12,000 damage to a business building housing a dance hall, a barber shop, living quarters and a cafe. The building was destroyed.

▶ Former Plattsburgh resident Phill J. Blair and his English bull dog "Monopole-Warwick" took second place in the beginner class and second in the American bred class at Boston's Eastern Dog Club Show.

▶ News of the sinking of the Titanic reached Plattsburgh around midnight with an announcement made by White Star Line officials — 1,500 passengers drowned.

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Kaitlyn Wait