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.
▶ Plattsburgh State University College's drama group, the Footlighters, are preparing for next week's production of "Commedia Dell' Arte" by putting the finishing touches on several bright and colorful costumes. The production will be presented in Hawkins Hall and is considered a rarity in college theatre.
▶ Fifty children escaped injury in a car-bus collision in Mooers, though 40-year-old local woman Elizabeth Conyne suffered hand bruises and leg injuries. The accident occurred at the junction of Route 23 and the Grew Road.
▶ Within two weeks, the state is to make a decision on whether there is to be a new START youth rehabilitation center built in Altona to serve the North Country. The chances of Altona being selected depends on the cost and work necessary to construct the building in the area, along with the factor of accessibility to the areas it is designed for.
75 YEARS AGO—1937
▶ Charles S. Sulier, a 47-year-old Chateaugay native, drowned after breaking through the ice of the St. Lawrence River while crossing from Grindstone Island to Gononoque, Ontario. Sulier's death was reported by William Delaney, his traveling companion.
▶ Of the 20 participants in the upcoming New York dogsled derby in Saranac Lake, 19 are men, and one is a 15-year-old Lake Placid miss, Natalie Jubin.
▶ The Normal School Music Group and the Plattsburgh Glee Club are helping with the program for the Red Cross Benefit Concert at the Junior High School, it is hoped that those in the city who have been unaffected by the recent flooding will come to help out their homeless neighbors.
▶ The Plattsburgh Normal School's Art Club is in charge of the program for a morning assembly, in which the president of the club will speak on Montreal and it's architecture, and a lantern slide lecture will be given by Martin Nolan on reproductions of famous paintings.
100 YEARS AGO—1912
▶ Plattsburgh Mayor Senecal has received a call from Electus Lithefield of the Tracy, Swartwont and Lichfield firm in New York, informing him of the sale of a portrait of Commodore Macdonough, the hero of Plattsburgh. The portrait, painted by Alonzo Chapell around 1850, is being offered to the mayor for $200.
▶ Work has begun in St. John's Church in Plattsburgh to put in a new electric-light system.
▶ Plattsburgh resident Miss Flora H. Anderson is now recovering from an operation for appendicitis. She is expected to be out and about in no time.
— Compiled by Contributing Writer Kaitlyn Wait