February 17, 2014

Lookback: Feb. 17 to 23

25 YEARS — 1989

• The Malone business district is reviving after a rash of closings hit the downtown area last year. Several merchants are expanding and other new stores are opening, including two businesses that expect to cater to shoppers from as far away as Plattsburgh. A new specialty shop, Marion’s Chinese Furniture, will open, and owner Po Tai will be selling high-quality furniture imported from China. 

• Nine North Country organizations, in conjunction with the New York State Department of Economic Development and the U.S. Consulate in Montreal, traveled to Montreal on a trade mission. The purpose was to recruit some Canadian companies to come to the North Country and establish a presence in the U.S. market. Members of the North Country Alliance are now following up on the 26 leads that developed during the program. 

• Through a suggestion by the Rev. David Martin, Essex County nurse Ellen Tschumi gave the Boy Scouts of Troop 88 in Moriah a challenge. An older lady had difficulty getting in and out of her chairs, and the nurse thought blocks to raise the furniture would make life easier for her patient. The Scouts took on the task with sharp saws and under the guidance of their leaders they cut up 16 blocks for the patient’s furniture. 

50 YEARS — 1964

• More than 2,000 families in Clinton County received surplus federal food allotments last week, a figure that has remained fairly constant, according to Richard Duquette, county welfare commissioner. Food items include cheese, butter, flour, dry milk, rice, canned meat, peanut butter, lard and rolled wheat. A single person earning gross wages of $125 or less per month is eligible to receive surplus food. 

• A 16-year-old Port Henry High School student has been bound over to the Essex County Grand Jury on a charge of making a malicious telephone call, a misdemeanor, according to State Police. The youth allegedly made obscene suggestions over the phone to a Port Henry woman. His arrest stopped a wave of similar calls to other Port Henry women. 

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