April 28, 2014

Lookback: Week of April 28 to May 4

25 YEARS — 1989

• A Canadian trucking firm that illegally transported 150,000 curies of radioactive waste down the Northway in 1987 was recently fined $22,000 for a host of safety violations. The truck involved was not properly insured and the driver had not been trained to handle the waste. It was being moved from Montreal to Newark, N.J., for shipping. 

• In celebration of Arbor Day, Plattsburgh recognized an agreement with the Adirondack Council and the Boy Scouts of America that will establish a tree farm in South Acres Park. About 100 trees will be planted each year for the next three years, and they’ll be monitored by the Scouts. Boy Scout Council Executive Director Bob Baker hopes to plant disease-free elm trees. 

• Plattsburgh Town Codes Enforcement Officer William Flynn, with the backing of the town board, has begun a campaign to rid the town of abandoned and trashed automobiles that litter yards and fields. The town is willing to move them for free. “There has to be two or more cars on the property that are unlicensed and unfit for the roads. When there’s only one car, it’s not a junk yard,” Flynn said. 

50 YEARS — 1964

• Chazy State Police are on the lookout for a tree thief who lifted $144 worth of rare evergreens from an outdoor nursery at the Miner Institute. The most valuable of the trees stolen were eight dwarf white spruce trees, which are rare in this area. Also taken were two Globe cedars and two pyramidal cedars, among others. 

• A grass fire that started on Carl Friend’s land in Beekmantown burned more than 300 acres. Beekmantown Fire Department was called to the fire at 10:30 a.m. and were back in service at 8 p.m. The fire burned meadow land and woods on Friend’s farm and south across Albert Blangy’s farm. 

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