November 18, 2013

Lookback: Nov. 18 -24


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25 YEARS — 1988

▶ The Clinton County Legislature is expected to formally oppose a set of state regulations proposed by the Committee on Public Library Standards that would put North Country rural libraries in a serious financial bind. The regulations would force state libraries to buy computers, copying machines and other costly equipment and to hire only directors with a master’s degree in library science. Many libraries in the North Country operate part-time with volunteer help and hold fundraisers to meet budgets.

▶ Whiteface Mountain alpine ski season opens with 20 new inches of snow and some major changes since last season. Paron’s Run from the top of the 4,876-foot mountain has been completed and will allow intermediate skiers to ski down from the top of the Olympic Mountain. Other upgrades include a new triple chairlift from the base lodge, an expanded nursery and Play and Ski area at Olympic Acres, and vastly improved snow-making capacity.

▶ SUNY Plattsburgh’s Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center, which opened in April and currently serves 55 patients, has received funding from the New York State Department of Health for $38,000, according to center director Taher Zandi. This will allow the center to increase staff and provide better service to the clients. Additionally, the Pyramid Corporation also made a $3,500 gift which will allow the center to buy furniture and office equipment. 

50 YEARS — 1963

▶ About 50 civic and labor leaders from the area have been invited to a special briefing at the Officers Club at the Plattsburgh Air Force Base. The idea is to acquaint area residents with the scope of the maintenance program, to be launched at the Atlas missile bases around Plattsburgh that were constructed last year. The program is sponsored by General Dynamics-Astronatics and the SBAMA Management Update group. 

▶ Keene Central School starts a double-incentive program as an attempt to get students to put more effort into their studies. The program includes new eligibility regulations, so students who make the Eligibility List each week can participate in school sports, music festivals and bus trips to other school affairs. Names of students on the ineligible list will be posted in Study Hall each Monday. The other incentive is the new Holiday-In-June Award, a contest between classes seven through twelve, for which the winners will receive a day off on a Monday in June.

▶ Ladies of the Junior League are hosting an informal hoedown for a relaxing, good time before the round of formal affairs begin for the holiday season. The evening’s program will include both round and square dancing to the music of Bob Arquette and his western band, door prizes, hayrides around Tom Miller Road for the more adventurous guests, and a cold supper at 11 p.m. Proceeds will be donated to CVPH Medical Center. 

75 YEARS — 1938

▶ Local Postmaster Arthur Sharron announced the launching of the Happiness Package Movement this week as part of a national celebration of the silver jubilee of parcel post. The idea came from Ada Folsom, the assistant postmaster in Winthrop, N.Y., and the slogan, “Make somebody happy with a happiness package,” was adopted by the local postal authorities. “The housewife on the rural route loves a package. To the woman on a farm, the expected package is a thrill — the surprise package is a climax ... filled with childhood candies, cookies, jellies, maple sugar,” Folsom said. 

▶ One of the finest specimens of deer brought into Plattsburgh from Loon Lake during this hunting season was seen on Clinton Street this week. The New York deer hunting season ends, though the season was extended five days in the Adirondacks this fall because of fire hazards earlier in the season. The state conservation department reported 21 persons were killed and 90 injured, while almost 2,000 deer were reported killed.  

▶ The First Battalion sponsors the first of a series of monthly dances for enlisted men and their families to be held at the post gymnasium, and every effort is being made by it’s members to make the event a success. The 26th Infantry Orchestra will play, and special arrangements are made for refreshments and decorations. On behalf of the First Battalion, a cordial invitation is extended to all the young ladies of Plattsburgh and the vicinity to attend the dance. 

100 YEARS — 1913

▶ Sheffield Farms of Slawson Decker Company, which has a creamery in Altona, has decided they will pay a premium of 10 cents per hundred pounds above their contract price to all producers whose milk delivered to the creamery has been stored at a temperature of 50 degrees or below each day. Though the plan will commence April 1, the company is giving notice so produces can provide ice houses to have ice through the coming summer. The management has a blueprint for no charge showing the construction of a satisfactory ice and milk house.

▶ Plattsburgh city teachers held a meeting in the high school building to discuss topics of special interest to instructors. Superintendent Watson addressed the teaching of history this year to better prepare students in all grades to understand more fully the coming celebration of the Battle of Plattsburgh. Watson also read from the report of the New York State Teachers Retirement Fund Board. The meeting was of special interest and encouragement to teachers.

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Amy Heggen