February 3, 2014

Lookback: Feb. 3 to 9

25 YEARS — 1989

• Malone residents will be able to tune their radios to 90.9 FM to hear National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” news program when the Canton-based North Country Public Radio rebroadcasts its signal from a 200-watt transmitter. The $20,000 expansion to Malone is part of an effort by North Country Public Radio to serve all of the Northern Tier in New York. Keene Valley is the only area in the northern Adirondacks that remains unserved by public radio. 

• Chateaugay has been on the prison waiting list the longest of any North Country community and with funding for two or three prisons in the state. Now Chateaugay may be next in line. Eight of 12 approved communities on the list for medium-security facilities are in the North Country. If a second prison were to come to the North Country, it may end up near Massena or Ellenburg. 

• Plattsburgh and Clinton County Chamber of Commerce is presenting the 1989 Business Connection, a means of letting people know what business products and services are available in the Champlain Valley. The event is sponsored by the Press-Republican, along with Georgia-Pacific and the state Department of Economic Development. Businesses from northern New York, Vermont and Canada are expected to staff the booths at the SUNY Plattsburgh Field House, where buyers and sellers can roam freely to discover specific interests. 

• Plattsburgh City Alderman have extended Clinton County Historical Association’s lease of an office and exhibit space from the city for an annual fee of $1. The Clinton County Historical Association moved there in 1972 and opened a museum in 1973 and held no formal rental agreement for the first decade. Mayor Carlton Rennell recommended extending the lease for an indefinite period. 

50 YEARS — 1964

• Pigeons are a public health hazard, according to the Clinton County Medical Society’s Ira Rawlson, who recalls the epidemic in Plattsburgh of dove dung fever in 1928. Public relations director of the society has been researching what other cities are doing about the issue and will report his findings to the common council. Several people are concerned about cruelty to the birds. 

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