February 11, 2013

Lookback: Feb. 11 to 17

25 YEARS — 1988

A 24-year-old Ticonderoga man was charged with the murder of a woman whose body was found along Route 9N in Hague. Mark Edward Smith of Hague Road in Ticonderoga was charged with the second-degree murder of Alison Baker, 24, of Burgoyne Road in Ticonderoga.

Downtown’s most ambitious development plan, a $50 million complex that would sprawl over the entire municipal parking lot, is inching closer to reality. However, a gulf of disagreement still separates city leaders and developer Frank Arvay Sr. in negotiations for control of the city-owned land.

Voters in the Peru Central School District will go to the polls soon to decide whether to buy 289 acres of land to build a new junior high school. School Superintendent Daniel Hickey said the Board of Education is interested in buying the property next to the existing campus on Route 22B at a price of $1,000 per acre.

50 YEARS — 1963

The Plattsburgh Rescue Squad is now out of business. While Clinton County Sheriff Emmett Ducatte confiscated the squad’s equipment, and bank officials repossessed its ambulance, other county officials were taking steps to keep the squad permanently under wraps. As one city official put it: “Everything went, right down to the last Band-Aid.”

• Double trouble is confronting Plattsburgh residents in the form of a rapidly approaching Asian flu front and a measles outbreak among teenagers. Dr. Joseph Rudmin, county health commissioner, said the measles cases, although normally found in younger children, are being found among high school and college students and represent a serious threat to expectant mothers.

The City of Plattsburgh has changed its mind about its sanitary landfill site, after the Town of Beekmantown agreed to let the city set up a landfill within the town’s borders. The city must now ask for release from the lease it recently signed on St. Peter’s Church owned property in Ward 6.

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