July 2, 2012

Lookback: July 1 to 7

25 YEARS AGO—1987

Keeseville Mayor James Finnegan has announced that the village will have its own active police force within the month. The decision was made based on a spike in crime.

The local youths participating in the Summer Theater Workshop at Plattsburgh State are preparing for their first performance of “Bye Bye Birdie” at the Myers Fine Arts Building on campus. The youths have spent 11 days rehearsing, and the performance has a promising outlook.

About 50 activists for the disabled met with State Assembly leaders over the closing of several of the new North Country centers, including the one in Plattsburgh.

 The Press-Republican caught up to 24-year-old singer-songwriter Walter Gallaztegui as he was crossing the Ausable River on his bicycle — just a small stretch on his biking journey of 14,000 miles from Uruguay to Montreal. That’s right, from South America to Canada.

Champlain Centre mall held a grand-opening ceremony that drew a considerable crowd of citizens. Participating in the ribbon cutting were Bob Bruno, chairman of the Clinton County Legislature; Rosilan Leahy, executive director of the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce; Art LeFevre, supervisor of the Town of Plattsburgh; Bob Pearl, of the Plattsburgh Town Planning Board; Frank Mclnerney, a Pyramid leasing partner; Bob Markle, regional director of the mall; Dennis Litwak of Sears; Peter Lynch of J. C. Penney; Chuck Marshall of Hills; and Miss New York State Dawn McPeak.

50 YEARS AGO—1962

Several Plattsburgh students have expressed their disappointment with the Supreme Court’s decision to remove prayer from school, something that used to be a daily part of the students’ school experience. Marsha Van Vleet, 9, who attends school at Plattsburgh Air Force Base, said, “I like it, if helps me do my school work better.”

Most of the 125,000 Canadians who entered the North Country during their four-day Dominion Holiday returned to Canada on the third, just before the Fourth of July celebrations were to begin here.

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