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January 14, 2013

Lookback: Jan. 14-20


▶ Plattsburgh signed on the line for a new sanitary landfill, but the site probably won’t be in operation for a few weeks. Common Council happily signed a five-year lease on a 10 acre tract of land owned by St. Peter’s Church, on the south side of Main Mill St. and East of the D. & H. Railroad spur which runs to the Imperial mills.

▶ Morrisonville residents assaulted the Saranac River with chainsaws and pickaxes, as the river’s second ice jam in two weeks threatened to flood parts of the village. The chainsaws froze in near zero weather however, and pickaxes accomplished only a moderate channel in the frozen River, so demolition crews from Plattsburgh Air Force Base are scheduled to start blasting operations today.

▶ The Champlain Development Corporation thinks vocational training is Clinton County’s number one industrial need. The reason: Some industrial prospects are shying away from the County because it lacks skilled labor and the means of obtaining it from schools.

75 YEARS — 1938

▶ A fissure, forming rapidly on the lake 50 feet off the east shore of Cumberland Head sent one automobile to the bottom in eight feet of water, stranding another on the ice, and brought exciting hours to members of the winter colony off Gravelly Point. Three men narrowly escaped going down with the car, a Ford V – 8 owned and driven by Philip Murphy, guard at Clinton prison.

▶ Six persons were killed in the city of Plattsburgh, and 17 in the rural districts of the County by motor vehicle accidents during the past year according to the annual traffic safety report of Troop B State Police, for the year 1937. Essex County had six fatal traffic accidents in Franklin County 15.

▶ Paul Murphy, Latin teacher in the Dannemora High School, was arraigned on a charge of third-degree assault in connection with allegedly striking a student on a school bus passing through the town of Chazy. Murphy, who was in charge of a school bus load of Dannemora students returning from a basketball game at Rouses Point, is alleged to have struck a boy after the teacher stumbled over the youth’s feet, extended in the aisle.

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