January 6, 2014

Lookback: Jan. 6 to 12

25 YEARS — 1989

▶ The union of St. John’s Academy and Mount Assumption Institute will create a new Catholic High School for Plattsburgh and the surrounding area. The Rev. Lawrence Deno, diocesan superintendent of the schools, said large schools are good for Catholic education, offering a broader curriculum. St. John’s Academy, founded in 1923, has 132 students enrolled in grades 9 through 12, while MAI, founded in 1919, has 270 students in its high school program. 

▶ Residents of Main Mill Street in Plattsburgh are worried about the safety, noise and pollution of a gas-fueled electricity generator that is planned for the neighborhood. Adirondack Power Inc.’s oversized steam- and electricity-producing facility was approved by zoning board members, voting 5-1. The construction time is set at four years, with substantial progress mandatory in the first 18 months. 

▶ Clinton County’s new, $6 million jail is near completion and should be ready for occupancy in February. The 85-bed jail, built on the site of an old Super 87 drive-in near the Northway’s Exit 38 will have state-of-the-art security devices, requiring few guards. Construction began in the fall of 1987.

50 YEARS — 1964

▶ Clinton County’s five villages spent less per capita for general governmental expenses than the average for Essex and Franklin counties and the state at large, indicated in a summary of State Comptroller Arthur Levitt’s 1963 annual report on municipal affairs. The average per capita cost was $23.40 in Clinton County, $47.50 in Essex County and $31.85 in Franklin County. 

▶ City Civil Defense Director James P. O’Conner feels that more shelters are necessary and is concerned that schools being built now are making no provision for shelter. Otherwise, civil defense is satisfied with the progress of civil defense in Clinton County. Students have successfully completed “go home” drills in the schools, all arriving at home within 15 minutes. Soon, the county will have 20 shelters with a capacity of 13,000 people.

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