March 3, 2014

Lookback: March 3 to 9

25 YEARS — 1989

• Saranac Lake Mayor William Madden III said the village is working with the Adirondack North Country Association and Lake Placid Officials in writing letters to the Department of Transportation urging them to establish a designated bike path on Route 86 between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, but officials think the chances of a path are slim. The DOT is scheduled to upgrade what is known as the Sara-Placid Highway this fall, which would be a perfect opportunity for the bike path to be created. Route 86 is popular with cyclists and joggers but the heavy traffic flow and narrow shoulders makes it a dangerous option.

• In the wake of a caustic soda spill in Port Henry, Moriah Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava said he didn’t have second thoughts about opposing travel plans for Robert Purdy, emergency-preparedness director. Purdy had requested that he and five deputies be allowed to attend a conference on hazardous-material handling. “I thought the accident was handled very professionally by all of our county agencies,” Scozzafava said.

• Two lost skiers were rescued by a helicopter from Upper AuSable Lake by state forest rangers. The skiers, who were equipped with only the clothes on their back, survived four days atop Mount Marcy, sleeping in the snow and sharing a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Shawn P. Dougher and Ralph A. Vecchio, both from Stroudsburg, Pa., were taken to Placid Memorial Hospital where they were treated for severe frostbite to their hands and feet.

• Tina Dodge, Gov. Mario Cuomo’s field representative, arrived at Plattsburgh City Hall and sat down to talk with five employees from Altona Correctional Facility, four of whom were laid off this week as part of New York’s money-saving efforts. While five guards were given the pink slip, workers were surprised to see twice as many teachers laid off with no reason or explanation given.

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