March 17, 2014

Lookback: March 17 to 23

25 YEARS — 1989

• Plans are underway to make cable TV available to residents of the hamlets of West Chazy, Ingraham, Sciota and Altona. A company representative is scheduled to survey the areas this week to establish a map for primary service. The service should reach the homes by October at the latest. 

• Gov. Mario Cuomo’s proposed 1989 budget scheduled to close five Department of Environmental Conservation satellite facilities. The state Division of Budget department notified the DEC that facilities in Schuyler Falls, Crown Point, Dickinson Center, Lake George and Indian Lake had to be closed to trim money from the state budget. The satellite stations were used mainly to service state-owned vehicles and also served as work headquarters for campground management, maintaining boat-launching sites and performing state forest duties. 

• An increase in minimum wage from $3.35 to $4.25 is currently being discussed in the House of Representatives, and many North Country citizens see a need. Most employers in Plattsburgh were found to start employees above the minimum wage already. Young adults said that they could use the extra money to pay for rent, school and a car. “A lot of students are supporting themselves and the cost of living is higher,” said Nina Panzer, 22, of Saranac Lake. 

50 YEARS — 1964

• About 2,300 school district voters turned out to approve the centralization of the Saranac School District. The vote was 1,776 for and 473 against. The last time the question of centralization was presented in 1962, voters turned it down. The new district includes Saranac Lake School district and 19 surrounded districts, with about 1,600 pupils combined. 

• Under new regulations for firemen in Plattsburgh, which have been a year in the making, a fireman or fire department officer will need permission from both the department head and Common Council’s fire committee before he can take an outside job. The restrictions were adopted unanimously, and Mayor John Tyrell directed that a copy be posted in each of the two fire stations. 

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