February 24, 2014

Lookback: Feb. 24 to March 2

25 YEARS — 1989

• Moira Legislator Bruce Jackson and Malone Democrat Carol Perry claim that, despite government aid programs, there are elderly people, woman and children in Franklin County who are going hungry and eating out of garbage cans. Jackson and Perry want the Legislature to allot $5,000 to the food pantries in Franklin County. “The cupboard is bare at the food pantries and they are not getting the food they need,” Jackson said. 

• In letters to New York’s congressional delegation, the Adirondack Council urged Washington lawmakers to protect the Adirondack Park from low-level practice bombing runs. In January, the Air Force announced plans to inaugurate low-level sorties of B-52 bombers and FB-111 fighter-bombers over the Adirondacks between Ticonderoga and Fort Drum, planning up to 40 tandem flights along the route each week, flying about 500 feet above the park. “The environmental assessment prepared by the Air Force appears to have been put together hastily and in a cursory way,” the Council wrote in the letter. 

• Eleven Canada lynx have been reintroduced to the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks. The cats were released from the Adirondack Ecological Center in Newcomb after being transported from the Yukon Territory in Canada. They diminished as a result of deforestation in the 1800s and researchers hope they will once again thrive in New York state. 

• The Franklin County Farm Bureau decided Thursday to contribute $1,000 to a statewide legal challenge to overturn a law requiring farmers to notify their neighbors when spraying pesticides. The local chapter will make a contribution to New York Farm Bureau, which has filed a suit against the Department of Environmental Conservation. Farmers maintain that notification regulations would prevent them from applying pesticides at the best time and subsequently implementing the regulation would cause them to apply more pesticides. 

50 YEARS — 1964

• A group called the Conservative Taxpayers Committee is being organized to make a Supreme Court protest over petitions circulated for a new water district in the Town of Plattsburgh. It was on the strength of the petitions that the town board, in an unannounced meeting, voted to form the district and prepare for construction contracts for an estimated $484,000. “There are a good many other things that have been going on in town government that we want to look into,” said Daniel Shelters, a member of the committee. 

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