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.

A fire on the Francis LaDuke farm just outside of Beekmantown leveled a barn, destroying the majority of its machinery and causing $20,000 damage.

The City Recreation Department is opening 12 playgrounds today at a number of Plattsburgh schools and and housing areas.

75 YEARS AGO—1937

Twenty Civilian Conservation Corps camps in the state will be discontinued this week, including the one in Canton. There will be 79 remaining camps in the state after this cutback.

An ordinance has been passed stating that after the Fourth of July this year the possession or sale of fireworks will be illegal in the City of Plattsburgh.

Three trains brought about 1,700 youth candidates to Plattsburgh last night; they will be sent to Pine Grove to the Citizen Military Training Camp there.

The three-day Fourth of July celebration in Plattsburgh drew thousands of tourists to the city, most of whom were on the beach at night for the fireworks display.

100 YEARS AGO—1912

A fire of unknown cause nearly wiped out the village of West Chazy. The blaze started in W. F. Stratton’s Barber Shop and was carried to other buildings by the wind. Damage totaled $50,000.

The Delaware & Hudson Railway has ordered the necessary parts from the Western Electric Co. for dispatching its trains by telegraph.

The Common Council voted unanimously to give a 10-cent pay raise to policemen who have been serving in the city for over 10 years. The issue was brought up by J. K. Collins, Esq., on behalf of the police, comparing the monthly pay of the officers in Saranac Lake, $70, and Glens Falls, $75, with that of Plattsburgh, which was only $65.

▶Celebrated singer Chauncy Olcott and his wife traveled from their hotel in Champlain to Peru to visit family and do some North Country sightseeing.

— Compiled by Contributing

Writer Kaitlyn Wait