August 20, 2012

Lookback: Aug. 20 to 26


---- — 25 years – 1987

▶ In response to numerous requests from local residents, state officials announced there will be increased state police protection in the Keeseville area. Lawrence Kurlander, state director of criminal justice services, said state police have agreed: to assign two extra Troopers on Friday and Saturday nights; to establish a Neighborhood Watch in Keeseville; and to add one full time Trooper to the Keeseville station following the graduation of the next trooper class on Sept. 10.

▶ Four Clinton County ambulance rescue squads will soon be equipped with state-of-the-art defibrillation equipment, a major advance for helping area residents who suffer heart attacks. The county’s Emergency Preparedness Office has received a state grant for $23,000 to purchase defibrillation equipment for ambulance squads in Rouses Point, Champlain, Peru and Morrisonville.

▶   Clinton County legislators next week will be asked to spend $2.5 million to help Clinton Community College construct a new multi-purpose building. It’s the second time this month that the Legislature is faced with a major spending project.

▶   The 380th Bombardment Wing at Plattsburgh Air Force Base finished well back in the Giant Sword ‘87 competition at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., August 13 – 19. Giant Sword tested the Strategic Air Command combat weapons loading performance.

50 years – 1962

  Clinton County dairymen could lose $1,638,716 this year because of a recent Supreme Court ruling. The court decision, which went into effect July 1, removed a trade barrier from milk sold by outside produced milk in the New York – New Jersey market.

▶   Screaming sirens will announce a simulated attack at Plattsburgh Air Force Base Aug. 31, as the base conducts its annual disaster control exercise. The operation, designed to simulate conditions anticipated during an actual attack, is expected to provide knowledge of the effect that loss of personnel, equipment and facilities will have on aircraft generation and launch schedules.

▶  Pieces of earth were turned over Tuesday afternoon at the site of the Plattsburgh YMCA expansion project. Wright & Morrissey’s base bid was $308,869 for the job, which includes general renovation of the Oak Street Y and construction of a swimming pool.

75 years – 1937

▶   Public Works Administrator Harold L. Ickes today informed State Director Arthur S. Tuttle that President Roosevelt had approved allotment of $135,000 to Central School District No. 1 of the Towns of Mooers, Chazy and Champlain, to aid in the construction of a school building addition and alterations to the existing school in the village of Mooers. Forty-five per cent of the cost for the construction of the new school improvements will be met by an outright grant by the Public Works Administration of $135,000.

▶   Clinton County’s second wind-electric storm in three days uprooted trees, demolished a barn and disrupted power service. Striking suddenly at early evening, the wind felled trees on Brinkerhoff Street in the vicinity of the State normal School, near the Loretta Business School and on Helen Street, where a portion of a tree crashed through a parked automobile.

▶   State police of the Dannemora outpost gave promise of “clamping down” on motor vehicle violators when they arrested four persons for auto driving infractions over the weekend. Gilbert Barber of Keeseville, charges with driving while intoxicated following an accident with Raymond Connors of Cadyville, was taken before Justice Cosgrove and given the alternative of paying a fine of $50 or serving 30 days in the Clinton County jail. Barber paid his fine.

▶   Dollar Days in Plattsburgh drew to a close  after what many described as “two days of 1928 business.” Judging from congested streets in the business section of the city and from crowded stores during the two days of Dollar Days, the event was decidedly a success.

100 years – 1912

▶   A polish miner whose given name is Fred, but whose family name could not be learned, is in the Champlain Valley hospital with both eyes blown out and suffering from internal injuries which will probably cause his death in a short time. The man was employed in the Lyon Mountain mines and on Saturday night between 9 and 10 o’clock was in a pit where several blasts were set off to loosen the ore.

▶  After spending several hours inspecting the present condition of the Mead pond reservoir and the work already done in clearing it of its vast accumulation of decayed vegetation, and later visiting and going over the Clark lot on the West Brook recently acquired by the city, the Common Council and Board of Public Works at a joint meeting unanimously voted to abandon the project of mucking the Mead pond reservoir and instructed City Engineer Langlois to complete his survey of the Clark lot on the West Brook, securing the services of a hydraulic engineer in consultation and report the estimated expense of erecting a storage reservoir on the city’s property.

▶   Superintendent Pollard of the local Lozier works is one of the busiest men in this city making preparations for the increase in the number of skilled workmen to be put at work in the Plattsburgh establishment in the near future and unless all signs fail the company will have on their payroll here by the first of December not less then one hundred high priced foundry men engaged in the manufacture of aluminum, brass and iron castings for the popular Lozier automobile

.— Compiled by Contributing Writer Shawn Ryan