September 30, 2013

Lookback: Sept. 30 to Oct. 6


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25 YEARS — 1988

Georgia-based Lassiter Properties Inc. purchased 96,000 acres of Adirondack wilderness, while the conservation group, the Adirondack Council, urged the state to take any necessary steps to preserve the prime timber country, including seizing it by eminent domain. The lands are irreplaceable natural resources and should be protected from development and profiteering, said Charles Clusen, executive director of the Adirondack Council. 

The last of 10 missile-silo doors in the North Country was closed. The launch sites were built in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis era and were dismantled in the late 1960s.

The federal government is paying more than $4 million for odor-control at the city-run Compost Plant. News of the award from the Environmental Protection Agency surprised city officials, and a detailed analysis of the smells can now begin. Once the city knows where the issue is coming from, engineers can begin to solve the problem. 

The Watertown Daily Times purchased the Malone Evening Telegram, becoming part of the Johnson Newspaper Corp. The Telegram has a circulation of 6,500, covering mostly northern Franklin County. Malone Village Mayor Elizabeth Donovan was stunned by the news. “It really means the end of a small-town newspaper, doesn’t it?”

The Stardust Drive-In Theater on Route 9 across from the North Country Shopping Center was demolished Monday after 39 years. It made way for the Evergreen Townhouse Community, a low-income housing community.

50 YEARS — 1963

The Plattsburgh Air Force Base will participate in a simulated nuclear attack as part of a disaster control exercise. The event will test the base’s ability to carry out emergency war orders.

Moriah Central School District searches for land for a new central school, since the 2-year-old district doesn’t have a central building to house students. A transportation study will aid in the choice of a site, said Board of Education President John Scozzafava. 

75 YEARS — 1938

The last of three women employees in the history of the Plattsburgh Post Office, Mary Trumbull, retired as a special clerk after 33 years of service. Appointments of higher classification are now largely limited to men. 

A 100,000 pound shipment of salt, the largest ever brought to the city, was brought to the Northern New York Grocery company warehouse for unloading. The shipment was mostly table or cattle salt.

100 YEARS — 1913

Highway commissioner John N. Carlisle has plans for North Country highways, including one that will make a continuous route from Syracuse, through the Thousand Island region to Malone and Plattsburgh. He also wants to make it possible for automobiles leaving New York City towards Albany to have a continuous route through the picturesque Adirondacks into Montreal. 

The Chateaugay Ore and Iron Company is to expend $300,000 for the improvement of the plant at Lyon Mountain. The company intends to sink a new shaft and install modern machinery that will be safer for workers.

— Compiled by Contributing WriterAmy Heggen