December 31, 2013

Lookback: Dec. 30, 2013, to Jan. 5, 2014

25 YEARS — 1988, 1989

The historic AuSable Chasm Inn, built in the 1880s, was destroyed by a fire that started in the kitchen. The newly opened restaurant and lounge had been booked for New Year’s Eve. Keeseville Fire Chief Bryan Marsha said the icy roads were a factor, and the two-story stone building was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. 

At a City of Plattsburgh Common Council meeting, a concerned resident told the city it should make better efforts to protect historic buildings and neighborhoods. The resident suggested that a local historic preservation act should be enacted, creating a citizens board to hear requests from owners of historic buildings who want building permits. Currently, owners of homes on the National Register of Historic Places must request permits from the Planning Board. 

Clinton Community College is offering a full-scale music program for youngsters and adults during the spring semester. Directed by Elizabeth Gorevic and Ann Alton of the Valcour Chamber Players, the program will offer private instrument instruction in violin, viola, cello and bass, as well as music theory courses.

50 YEARS — 1963, 1964

Work on a new airstrip in Schroon Lake is expected to begin this winter. The 2,500-foot strip will be constructed on land recently purchased by the town, 2 miles north of Schroon Lake on Alder Meadow Road. The gravel landing area will mainly be for the use of summer residents who fly to Schroon Lake for the weekends. 

The 1964 outlook for Clinton County farmers is good. Merle Reese, a Clinton County agent, predicted an increase in milk production and prices for dairy farmers. Recent competition has pushed out less-efficient farmers, and changes to farm methods, such as mechanization, will increase output. Apple growers are also expected to have an excellent year.

Moriah School District voters will decide between two proposed sites for a new central school with a difference in purchase price and development cost of $100,000. The two sites are the Porter Farm near Port Henry and the Grover Hills Property in Mineville. School Board President John Scozzafava said the development figures include the cost of building an access road and a disposal system, and drilling a well. The Grover Hills property already has its own sewer system and water supply, while the Porter Farm does not. 

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