March 24, 2014

Lookback: March 24 to 30

25 YEARS — 1989

• A proposal by the Franklin County Legislature to make most of the jobs in the Sheriff’s Department Civil Service positions is not welcomed by Franklin County Sheriff Mel Nemier or deputy sheriffs. The 26 full-time and 14 part-time employees have been working without a contract since Dec. 31, 1988, and they think the proposal will throw a wrench in their negotiations. The county is attempting to negotiate the contracts as if the positions had already been brought under Civil Service law. 

• The recent rash of warnings about hazardous elements in fruits and vegetables has spurred an interest in organic farming that may be visible locally this summer when the Plattsburgh Farmers Market opens its second season. The Common Council has approved Trinity Park for the location and the $100 peddler fee has been waived. 

• The YMCA organization, Y Kids for Peace, is preparing 20 youths and five adults from the Soviet Union to visit Plattsburgh. In order to communicate with their foreign friends, 14 of the Plattsburgh youths and club founder Linda Ward have been taking basic Russian lessons with volunteer teacher Bob Winkler. “We want to have a generation of children who are not frightened of the Soviet Union,” Ward said. 

50 YEARS — 1964

• John Colver, manager of the Municipal Airport for 14 years, will become Plattsburgh city chamberlain, the top-paid position in the city administration. His salary as port manager was $7,072 and his salary as chamberlain will be $11,388. Colver will succeed J. Omer Laplante, who is leaving for Albany to become assistant to the director of the New York State Conference of Mayors. 

• A majority of the 300 Plattsburgh families apart of the city school system judged it successful, according to a survey. Regarding homework, 75 percent of parents thought there was enough, while others said there was too much or too little work. Half of parents thought the school got adequate financial help, 20 percent thought there was inadequate support and 29 percent had no opinion. Almost half of parents weren’t satisfied with the school system’s programs for special needs children and crowded conditions were top on the list for improvement suggestions. 

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