April 14, 2014

Lookback: April 14 to 20

25 YEARS — 1989

• Second- and third-grade children from the Monty Street School Follow Through Program in Plattsburgh shared lunch with senior citizens Tuesday at the new center on Margaret Street as part of an inter-generational program. For several weeks before, both groups exchanged letters and cards. Students who went to lunch were chosen at random, but all Follow Through classes participated by sending artwork and place mats that they made. Follow Through is a federally-funded program that benefits families who are financially eligible. 

• The village of Rouses Point has enough cash tucked away “for a rainy day” to eliminate all village property taxes this year, according to Mayor Ed Portugal. Portugal says there’s a $200,000 cash surplus in the village general fund that no one wants to talk about, which has been accumulated over the past couple of years. The money has not been earmarked for a special purpose and Portugal wants to give $18,000 of it back to taxpayers by cutting the village tax rate by 10 percent. 

• Spurred by police policies aimed at disbursing crowds that have been congregating in Tupper Lake’s Park Street business district, high school sophomores Sharon Roy and Jason Denis think Tupper Lake needs a teen center. More than 130 students showed their interest in a teen center by signing their names on a list after hearing an announcement at school. 

50 YEARS — 1964

• Russel Barnard, chairman of the Plattsburgh Housing Authority, produced a list of more than 400 families who are waiting for a vacancy in one of the city’s three public housing projects, with a total of 332 units. The authority expects by midsummer to start construction on 100 additional units at the federally-sponsored Mickle Street project despite the area’s varying economic climate. 

• More than 100 Ticonderoga members of the local Youth Council will spearhead a concentrated fundraiser for the community’s 200th Anniversary Celebration. While selling stock certificates, which are redeemable in September, the Youth Council members will distribute brochures on the three-day celebration in July. 

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