November 12, 2012

Lookback: Nov. 12 to 18

25 YEARS — 1987

▶ Plattsburgh Georgia-Pacific union employees narrowly voted in favor of accepting a three-year contract with the company. United Paperworkers International Union Local 387 President Norm LaMare said the union rank-and-file members voted to ratify a contract, which calls for some concessions, by about 14 votes.

▶ At the November meeting of the Altona Town Board, Legislator Sam Trombley spoke to the board and public in attendance about the bingo hall that is rapidly being erected by Mohawk Indians in Altona. Trombley said he is receiving many complaints from area fire departments and churches that depend on their bingo operations to supplement their funding.

▶ The Franklin County Solid Waste Commission has designated the site in Constable on Route 30 and the Town Line Road as the preferred location for a new County landfill that must be in operation by April 1992. Solid waste Commissioner Jim Frey and consulting engineers from Stearns and Wheler spent the last month investigating approximately 30 parcels, 100 to 200 acres in size, as potential sites for the landfill.

▶ The Sunmount building program at midpoint has brightened the business outlook for retailers in Tupper Lake, but is yet to trigger any significant new development observers say. Major sand and gravel purchases have been made at Saranac Lake quarries, and six out of ten major construction contracts were awarded to Plattsburgh firms, pumping dollars into those communities.

50 YEARS — 1962

▶ Pledges totaling $12,000 were added to the Mount Assumption Institute Development Fund as solicitors heeded their chairman’s advice to “sign your own pledge cards first so you can call on the prospects with a clear conscience.” Recent pledges bring to $56,000 the money so far pledged in the drive for the proposed new Brother Lawrence Memorial Gymnasium and Students Center.

▶ The Champlain Development Corporation has been directly responsible for the addition of 176 persons to the County’s payroll since January 1. The new jobs resulted from expansion of one industry – Mercury Industries at Treadwell’s Mills – and the settling of three new industries in the county since the first of the year.

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