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June 17, 2013

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25 YEARS — 1988

▶ An increasing number of aliens are seeking refuge in Plattsburgh in what Crisis Center director Brian Smith describes as a seasonal phenomenon combined with reaction to pending Canadian immigration reform and an increase in enforcement of U.S. immigration laws. The refugee crisis last spring was touched off by a change in Canadian border policy.

▶ State archaeologists have unearthed three 18th century campsites used by the builders of the British fort at Crown Point, but those camps will soon be covered by an L-shaped administrative maintenance build. Archaeologists of the Bureau of Historic Sites recently began test excavations of the Crown Point Historic Site after the campsites were first discovered there three years ago.

▶ Severe drought this month could lead to a dusty grave for some area farms. With barely a trace of rain this month, hay and corn crops are fishing for water, and the danger of low yield coupled with rising prices and continuing low milk prices could sound the death knell for some local farmers.

▶ An unauthorized senior skip day has turned into a nightmare for the Saranac High School Class of 1988, with the real possibility of 19 students being banned from graduation ceremonies. Principal James Votraw learned of a party where many of the seniors were said to be, and was met at the site by State Police. “I found a number of my seniors with a keg, many ran into the woods but we were able to identify 19 who had definitely taken the day as a skip,” he said.

▶ Clinton County legislators unexpectedly bowed to pressure from Albany and voted to bring the county landfill system into compliance with state environmental regulations, a move that could cost local taxpayers $20 million. The Legislature’s action was surprisingly unanimous enthusiastic, a far cry from the staunch opposition legislators exhibited 17 months ago when the state demanded that an alternative solid waste disposal solutions be developed here within five years.

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