September 23, 2013

Lookback: Sept. 23-29

25 YEARS — 1988

▶ The Wilderness Education Association, which previously offered programs on its own in Idaho, decided to work only with colleges and set out to look for a school with available wilderness lands, eventually pairing with North Country Community College to provide a degree in outdoor leadership. The program, which received a $28,000 grant from the Adirondack North Country Association, has already had to turn students down.

▶ The General Hospital at Saranac Lake celebrates its 75th anniversary and unveils a new Emergency Center and a new Intensive Care Unit after a year of renovations. The new state-of-the-art facilities are only the first part of many more changes to come.

▶ A five-month labor dispute at the International Paper Co. leaves area police agencies unsure how to manage their resources. The unexpected assembly last week was peaceful but the police have to keep a watchful eye outside the mill’s gates in case the dispute heats up, using financial resources Essex County doesn’t have.

50 YEARS — 1963

▶ If enough unemployed Essex County residents show interest, the New York State Department of Labor Division of Employment will set up classes to teach them to be stenographers and typists. The program would pay trainees with families who have three years work experience, and trainees must be willing to relocate to areas with employment. 

▶ Ten delegates from the town of North Elba will leave for Europe to lobby for votes for Lake Placid to be the site of the 1968 Winter Olympics. They are going as a result of a $12,000 grant received from the state to help finance the bid for the Olympic site.

75 YEARS — 1938

▶ The AuSable River, 10 to 12 feet above its normal level because of torrential rains, has caused thousands of dollars of damage. Houses, garages and barns have been swept away into swirling flood waters an marooned families were rescued by workers in rowboats.

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