July 22, 2013

Lookback: July 22-28


---- — 25 years – 1988

North Country residents may find themselves cooking with gas if local communities and the New York State Public Service Commission give New York State Electric & Gas Corporation the approvals they need. NYSEG is approaching local governments in the villages of Champlain and Rouses Point, the towns of Champlain, Beekmantown and Chazy and the City of Plattsburgh to ascertain their degree of interest and willingness to grant NYSEG local franchises for natural gas service.

The Adirondack Council of the Boy Scouts of America has saved its national chapter — for now. Getting the council back on its feet and secure financially is going to be a job, according to new Council President Frank Arvay.

Clinton County senior citizens hit another home run: the National Long-Term Care Initiatives Award presented by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging/Lifeline Systems. The award was presented for exemplary advocacy efforts that have improved the community-based care service delivery system through coordination with traditional health care providers.

A proposal to start the process of legislating an end to Clinton County’s union contract stalemate will be scrapped by county legislators. The resolution would authorize the county to hold a public hearing on the union question, setting the stage for the county board to impose a one-year contract settlement.

The search for “Champ” continues. Kaselaan & D’Angelo, an environmental science and engineering firm, in cooperation with Joseph Zarzynski, founder of the Lake Champlain Phenomena Investigation, will be returning to the Plattsburgh area to resume the search for the mysterious Lake Champlain monster.

50 years – 1963

Two men were killed, one instantly, when their car was struck broadside by a northbound Delaware & Hudson passenger train at a crossing in West Chazy. The Volkswagen beetle in which they were driving was crushed to a third its original width in the horrible crash.

LaPan Common School District residents will go to the polls to decide whether they want to join the Saranac School District. The LePan District, and the Riverview District of Black Brook, were served last May with an order by the State Education Department to dissolve their tiny independent districts and annex to Saranac.

Tourism in Clinton County may be up over last year but Plattsburgh merchants haven’t noticed any marked increase in retail sales. Recently it was reported that revenues at the city’s beach and the number of campers at Cumberland Bay camp site were both up 25 percent from last year, but that increase has not added to local merchants’ coffers.

Special police roamed the Village of Dannemora amidst a water shortage that has become critical. The police are under orders to arrest persons guilty of any excessive use of water.

75 years – 1938

Americans planning shopping trips to Canada may be discouraged next week when new regulations go into effect governing the $100 personal exemption for travelers. Starting July 25, Americans visiting Canada will have to remain there 48 hours in order to qualify for the exemption under which $100 worth of merchandise, clothing, furnishings or foodstuffs, purchased incidental to the Canadian visit, is admitted free of duty.

State hospital officials are considering the prospect of developing “The Pines” in Saranac Lake into an upstate cancer hospital to care for cancer sufferers in eight northern communities who are now forced to go to Buffalo for treatment. The famous club, which was recently donated to the Saranac Lake Society for the Control of Tuberculosis, would be an ideal site for such a hospital, state health officials believed.

With Troop B men combating cattle rustling and customs border patrolmen turning to science to curb cattle smuggling, the border region has had a sample recently of the old activity it used to know in hectic days of prohibition. There are currently five young men in Franklin County jail awaiting action by the grand jury on a charge of rustling a bull and four cows on a Chataguay farm using a truck in this modern version of the Western racket.

Agitation to have the City of Plattsburgh purchase the Fairgrounds and have it converted into a baseball park, municipal playground and individual building lots is rapidly gaining impetus here. Prominent business and professional interests, pointing out that the present owners of the Fairgrounds might sometime decide to dispense with the baseball plan and sell the property for building lots, maintain the acquisition of the grounds by the city immediately would be a profitable endeavor.

100 years – 1913

The consolidation of the New York and Clinton Telephone Companies is now an accomplished fact, and all the business heretofore handled by the two companies is now being done through one switchboard located on the second floor of the building at the corner of Clinton and Oak streets.

The Plattsburgh Gas & Electric Company has completed arrangements for extensive alterations and improvements to the present system. The first work to be done is the rebuilding of their lines from the powerhouse at Indian Rapids to the city, and when that is completed they will extend their lines to Morrisonville, for the purpose of furnishing that village with both power and light for business places and private residences.

George Amlaw of Chesterfield withdrew his plea of not guilty of murder first-degree, and pleaded guilty to murder second-degree at the second term of the Supreme Court at Elizabethtown yesterday morning. Amlaw was sentenced to not less than 20 years in Clinton prison at Dannemora for killing Adriene Marochi, an Italian track hand employed on the D&H Railroad near Port Douglas last February.

Ezra Montana, the Essex County man who several years ago skipped from the country while charged with assault in the second degree, and who recently returned with another man’s wife, passing her off as his own when as a matter of fact he deserted his legal wife in Canada, was yesterday held by United States Commissioner Gilland on $2,500 for his appearance of the term of the United States District Court. Montana is charged with bringing an alien woman into the United States for immoral purposes.

Fifty newspaper men from northern New York met at Clayton to form the Northern New York Press Association. After launching at the Hubbard, they adjourned to the town hall were Francis H. Lamon of Watertown, as temporary chairman, called the meeting to order.

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Shawn Ryan