February 6, 2012

Lookback: Feb. 6-12

25 YEARS AGO—1987

▶ The Adirondack Park Agency has hired artist-designer Stephen A. Horne of Plymouth for its Interpretive Programs Division. "Horne will be involved in the research, design and fabrication of the graphic materials, exhibits, traveling displays, signage and other illustrative materials which will identify and explain the interpretive programs specific to each center," said Thomas A. Ulasewicz, the agency's executive director.

▶ The Town of Plattsburgh has invested $5,000 into testing a new Unisys computer system. If all goes well, the system can be used to handle the town's general budgeting, accounting, water and sewer billing, cash receipts, payroll and real property files. If purchased, the hardware will cost between $55,000 and $60,000.

▶ Ever read "Farmer Boy" by Laura Ingalls Wilder? Malone is hosting an exhibit based on the 1933 book at the Ballard Mill Gallery, featuring a model of the Almonzo Wilder Homestead in Burke, sponsored by the Almonzo and Laura Ingalls Wilder Association.

▶ Plattsburgh's STOP Center for Domestic Violence is hosting its third-annual Hug-athon. The Hug-athon is similar to a walk-athon — volunteer huggers will go out into the community during Valentine's Day week, and for a small donation or a flat fee that benefits a local domestic violence shelter, will distribute hugs. Hug-athon volunteers will wear buttons identifying themselves as opponents of domestic violence and will have informational handouts.

50 YEARS AGO—1962

▶ Rouses Point's Village Office was swamped with more than 1,000 complaints of an "iodine taste" in the drinking water. "This isn't the first time this has happened," Mayor Leo Letourneau said. "And we have no idea what the reason is." The Clinton County Department of Health has taken a sample of the water used at Rouses Point, along with a sample from Lake Champlain.

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