January 13, 2014

Lookback: Jan. 13 to 19

25 YEARS — 1989

Frontier Town, a 300-acre park in North Hudson, was sold to Panther Mountain Water Park Inc. for $1.3 million, and the new owners promise to reopen the theme park. The park originally opened in 1952 and employed 300 people on a seasonal basis, featuring Wild West shows. Now it will also feature a restaurant, cafeteria, two motels and a gasoline station, the new owner says. 

 The Franklin County Department of Social Services expects the robust economy and changes in the workforce and welfare laws to double the need for daycare services within the next four years. The new welfare-reform act requires recipients whose children are over 3 years old to work at least 16 hours per week. About 30 people attended a meeting for organizing a task force to respond to the demand.

 Bob Shannon recently took over operation of the Strand Theatre and has plans to offer second-run movies at a reduced ticket price at the theater which continues to have the best prices in town. Shannon said the only way to make the plan work is with the support of the town. “It’s a grand theater. It would be a shame to close it down.”

 Water from Peru’s Furnace Brook Reservoir regularly measures near the allowable 100 parts-per-billion of trihalomethane, a suspected carcinogen. More stringent THM levels will go into effect this year, forcing the town to start expensive treatment of the water or to find a new source. A Plattsburgh geologist hired by Peru has found four sites in Peru that could produce enough clean water to meet the needs of the steadily developing town. 

50 YEARS — 1964

 The Keeseville Fire Department raised $5,300, surpassing their goal of $4,000, for a new ambulance that will be delivered to the rescue squad. The funds to replace the old, inoperative ambulance were raised during an all-day house-to-house solicitation. 

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