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April 8, 2013

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25 YEARS — 1988

The Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad voted to accept its first female member, and the next day she was supplied with firefighting gear. Mary Stunzi, a licensed practical nurse at the General Hospital of Saranac Lake, is the department’s first woman.

Three Champlain town residents have pooled their property at the west end of Smith Street in Rouses Point and are offering it to the state Department of Corrections as a potential prison site. The three advised the town board by letter that their combined property totaling 125.6 acres was available for a potential prison.

High school and college students no longer have to stand in line, hoping they’ll be picked for a summer job. They have their pick. Times have certainly changed; now it is the employers worrying that they cannot find enough help to run their businesses.

A heated confrontation between a town of Schuyler Falls official and a resident during and after a town meeting last week has led to harassment charges being filed by the resident. During the public forum sessions, Town Highway Superintendent Herbert St. John voiced opinions about Reginald Facteau’s new housing development and requests from residents to obtain public documents, which touched off a debate they carried on after the meeting and into the town hall parking lot.

Franklin County legislators promised to step up collection efforts against three doctors who received medical scholarships from the county and then reneged on their repayment agreement. From 1972 to 1984, the county provided 10 area residents with medical scholarships totaling $137,500 on the premise that they would return to Franklin County to practice once a graduated from school.

50 YEARS — 1963

The State Conservation Department dropped a hint that next month it may discontinue the $504,000 Point au Roche grant it has been holding in reserve for Clinton County for more than a year. The state is pressing Clinton County to decide its intentions for the proposed recreational area.

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