May 13, 2013

Lookback: April 29 to May 5

25 YEARS — 1988

▶ St. Regis Mohawk Indians filed suit against Franklin County claiming that the county has no legal right to levy taxes on property they own in Hogansburg. The Mohawks argue that the land being taxed is properly part of the St. Regis Indian Reservation and therefore not subject to any taxation by the County or any other local taxing authority.

▶ The Rouses Point-Champlain Chamber of Commerce will open its own visitor welcome center this month at the intersection of Routes 87 and 11. As one chamber official pointed out, the 3.5 million people who cross the border and 1 million who cross the bridge “don’t cross the Beekmantown exit.”

▶ Clinton County legislators say construction of a new road down the center of Cumberland Head must be a joint venture between the county and town of Plattsburgh. A study prepared by County highway chief Frank Madden estimates the cost of a two-lane, 2.6-mile link between the ferry landing on Lake Champlain and the western end of the peninsula to be $2.5 million to $3 million.

▶ Although details are sketchy, indications are that Frontier Town, the popular Western theme park, will open up this summer after being closed for almost 3 years. According to Chestertown attorney Dan Smith, a “small publicly held” corporation is interested in purchasing the 300 or so acres of land that the town sits on.

▶ Rouses Point industrialist and developer Victor Podd, who once offered to donate Fort Montgomery to the state in an attempt to save it from total ruin, is now offering to sell the 171-year-old landmark for $2.5 million. The Fort will be featured in a one-page ad in the exclusive national publication “Unique Homes,” the national magazine of luxury real estate.

50 YEARS — 1963

▶ A student-formed peace committee won’t get to stage its protest march on Armed Forces Day, but the door is open for a demonstration at a better, later date. Common Council rejected with a 5 to 4 vote the Citizens for Peace Committee’s request for permission to parade from downtown Plattsburgh to the gates of the Plattsburgh Air Force Base.

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