February 13, 2012

Lookback: Feb. 13-19

25 YEARS AGO — 1987

▶ The Rouses Point Recreation Center is expected to close this season $15,000 in debt. In an attempt to save the center, the Village Board has increased public skating fees, purchased ice time for public skating and has cut labor cost.

▶ The American Institute for Foreign Study is looking for a new host family for Spanish student Manuel Cabezudo. He is staying with a family in Peru but is searching for another home in the district.

▶ A Moriah family lost the entirety of their belongings in a house fire on the Cheney Road. The fire started in the basement; the Chandlers all escaped without injury.

▶ Anne LaBastille, a wildlife ecologist, author and photographer, will be speaking at the 23rd-annual Lake Champlain Committee meeting at the Cardinal Lounge at Plattsburgh State.

50 YEARS AGO — 1962

▶ A Plattsburgh Air Base man was fined $100 for petty larceny after stealing a Siberian husky puppy.

▶ Two Ellenburg women fled from their burning two-story home. Mrs. Cornelia Bradshaw and Amelia Duval evacuated their home at roughly 4 a.m. with Ellenburg firefighters arriving shortly after. The damage is estimated at $8,000

▶ Patrick Titus, the 4-year-old son of Supervisor Donald Titus, was initiated into the sport of ice fishing in Crown Point this week, apparently making a good catch.

▶ The North Country received a appreciable snowfall — the winter blanket of white is deepened by 5 to 8 inches throughout the area.

75 YEARS AGO — 1937

▶ Orland Laware, 25, and Raymond Dominy, 25, of Mooers Forks, were convicted of larceny after breaking into the home of Hiram Carter — a Mooers recluse who had died two years prior. Dominy and Laware had been acting on old rumors of Carter's hidden wealth. The pair admitted to finding two jars buried in the cellar filled with silver and gold coins. Dorminy and Laware went to Canada, had the coins exchanged for $700 cash, and bought new cars. They were arrested after an investigation prompted by the current owner of Carter's property, Elmer Smith.

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