May 27, 2013

Lookback: May 27 to June 2

25 YEARS — 1988

Unemployment this spring in Franklin County has dropped to its lowest level in memory, with some employers now having difficulty finding qualified help. The April unemployment rate for Franklin County was 6.2 percent, which is nearly 4 percentage points lower than it has ever been in April during the 14 years that local unemployment rates have been kept.

A five-year sponsorship deal between the Olympic Regional Development Authority and Eastman Kodak Company has been finalized. The new $3 million summer freestyle jumping facility on Route 73 will now be called the Kodak Sports Park.

Officials from the International Paper Company and its two unions say it’s doubtful a labor agreement between both sides can be reached by the time the current contract expires next week. The unions, however, say they’ll work without a contract as long as negotiations continue.

Ganienkeh Territory Mohawks pushed forward with construction of a controversial high-stakes bingo hall last week even as their spokesmen and members of Governor Mario Cuomo’s staff were negotiating the operation’s fate. “We’re still going ahead with the bingo, and we made that very clear to the state,” said Mohawk spokesman Paul Delaronde.

By almost a 4-to-1 ratio, Saranac residents overwhelmingly voted for annexation of the Dannemora school district. The vote for annexation was narrowly defeated just one year ago.

50 YEARS — 1963

A five-member committee from the Village of Dannemora will travel to Albany to discuss possibilities of warding off educational consolidation. The Dannemora Board of Education approved the visit this week.

A practical nurses training school will be established soon in Clinton County. The first class is slated to begin July 1 and will be open to Clinton and Essex county residents only.

Garbage and refuse collection will get under way on schedule next week in the City of Plattsburgh. The collection will be made incrementally, with each section of the city being collected on the same day each week.

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