25 YEARS — 1987
▶ The Adirondack Park may well be on the way toward the same type of acid rain devastation that afflicts forests in northern Europe, an environmental coalition reported. “We’re afraid that what we’ve found may be the beginning of more serious and more widespread damage,” said a spokesman for the Adirondack Council. The pictorial report, entitled “Beside the Still Waters,” shows extensive damage to the red spruce trees on New York’s highest peak, Mt. Marcy.
▶ Highway superintendents in five Clinton County towns were charged by federal agents with accepting about $20,000 in payoffs from a Washington County firm. Donald Roushia, highway superintendent for the town of Plattsburgh; Paul Schnob of Mooers; Larry “Chub” Moore of Ellenburg; Louis Recor of Chazy and Terry Dumont of Beekmantown were charged with allegedly accepting bribes or kickbacks from Adirondack Highway Materials of Hudson Falls. It was the second set of charges against Recor and Dumont.
▶ The Pulp Hill Road Bridge in Redford, one of the seven spans crossing the Saranac River here, will be replaced next year as part of a $250,000 project jointly funded by the state and Clinton County. According to county Highway Superintendent Frank Madden, the state has agreed to fund about 75 percent of the cost, leaving the county with a share that could reach $50,000, depending on the final bid price. The project will proceed if county legislators approve the spending in 1988.
▶ A Mohawk bingo palace, begun on land near the Ganienkeh Indian Project on Route 190, could bring high stakes gambling to Clinton County. Details about the construction and operation of the building are sketchy. However, members of the Ganienkeh community acknowledged that excavation begun there was the start of a bingo hall.
50 YEARS — 1962
▶ An upper Rugar Street trailer court owner said he has obtained 14 property owners signatures on a petition asking the Town of Plattsburgh Board not to let the city operate a dump in their neighborhood. The protest arose after the town supervisor, Bernard Amell, and Mayor John J. Tyrell last Wednesday conferred over the city’s dump problem. They reached agreements clearing the way for the city to use an abandoned 24 acre gravel pit as a landfill dump.