February 27, 2012

Lookback: Feb. 27- March 5

25 YEARS AGO — 1987

▶ The new Champlain Centre Mall on Smithfield Boulevard is progressing toward its July opening; plans for landscaping are being made and will be put into action next month.

▶ Joe Sjilling, marketing director of the Department of Commerce Division of Tourism, received an award for excellence in the creation of a travel guide promoting the Adirondack region as a travel destination. The award was given by the Adirondack Regional Tourism Council at the I Love New York annual awards dinner.

▶ Plattsburgh's efforts to help the 140 Latin American refugees in the city that have been turned away from the Canadian border has brought a lot of media attention. About 200 reporters and journalists from around New England and Canada have flocked to the city. Those working for the relief effort say that handling all the media hounds is almost as difficult as taking care of the refugees.

▶ The Saranac Lake Police Department is hosting a 12-week municipal police training academy at North Country Community College. The program is under the direction of retired New York State Police Troop B Bureau of Criminal Investigation Capt. Fred H. Teeple.

50 YEARS AGO — 1962

▶ A ceremony was held at Plattsburgh's Old Base Chapel that capped 31 nurse's aides, marking the first class to be capped in two years. All 31 are Red Cross volunteers.

▶ The YMCA Board of Directors has begun plans for the renovation of the Plattsburgh YMCA. It is hoped that the construction of a new swimming pool, the remodeling of lockers, and the general remodeling of the building will begin in the fall.

▶ Altona Central School was forced to close for the remainder of the week after the flu-like virus that has been sweeping through the North Country kept 100 of 450 students home sick.

▶ Plattsburgh's Heart Sunday raked in a profit of $2,176, 67 percent of which will remain in Clinton County for community service, education and research.

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