December 9, 2013

Lookback: Dec. 9 to 15

25 YEARS — 1988

Rouses Point police said alcohol abuse is directly related to the crime rate in the small community of 2,200 people and also throughout the North Country. About 75 percent of arrests in the village over the past 10 months can be attributed to alcohol abuse, Chief Robert Craig said. Even more alarming, he said, is the number of individuals ages 16 to 20 who are arrested for conduct related to alcohol abuse. 

Despite frigid temperatures, about 100 Malone Central School District employees and supporters walked picket lines at Flanders School. The non-instructional employees, including bus drivers, custodial and cafeteria workers, and secretaries, have been working without a contract for six months. They have support from various local unions, though they fear negotiations won’t begin until January. 

Akwesasne Mohawks are seeking a $36 million annual lease fee from the Power Authority of New York State for a land claim of 12,000 acres in Franklin and St. Lawrence counties. They also want Salmon River Central School in Fort Covington turned over to the tribe. “We definitely want our own educational institution. We are tired of sending our kids to four different high schools,” said Indian Time Editor Doug George. 

50 YEARS — 1963

More than 40 4-H leaders from Clinton, Franklin and Essex counties will participate in a two-day recreation workshop at the Trinity Episcopal Church to receive instructions and materials in major areas of recreation leadership. The program is under the leadership of Bernice Scott, Recreation Specialist of Cornell University. 

The Plattsburgh Post Office is hiring 22 Christmas assistants, including 19 veterans, to serve as clerks and carrier assistants during the Christmas rush. Postmaster Horace Davies said the large sale of Christmas stamps will make up for the difference in revenue. The Post Office has already sold almost 140,000 five-cent stamps, depleting the stock. 

Twelve SUNY Plattsburgh students had first-hand contact with communism when they visited the embassies of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Poland, the United States and Canada in Ottawa for a seminar on the Soviet Union and the Contemporary World. They said the experience was an eye opener, and helped them to better understand the communist methods. 

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