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May 5, 2014

Lookback: Week of May 5 to 11

25 YEARS — 1989

• This week, public ground-breaking ceremonies will be held for the 6,000-square-foot Adirondack Park Visitor Interpretive Center at Newcomb, which is slated to open in the spring of 1990. A 3.5 mile trail system is nearly complete on the 236-acre site located on Route 28N. The main building will contain a 15-seat multi-purpose room, an exhibit room and a reception desk. “The town of Newcomb is pleased that the Visitor Interpretive Center will become a reality. We’ve been working toward this for along time,” said Newcomb Supervisor Charles Maddison. 

• Two city aldermen, competitors for the Democratic mayoral nomination, traded accusations at a regular Common Council meeting. Ward 1 Alderman Robert Hall charged that Ward 3 Alderman Clyde Rabideau inappropriately contracted for city printing with a company to which he has financial ties. Rabideau accused Hall of a blatant political attack targeted at giving Hall the advantage in June’s Democratic caucus. The debate, which degenerated into shouting, was quickly stopped by Mayor Carlton Rennell, while Ward 1 Alderman Jack Stewart called for an ethics investigation of the entire affair. 

• Saranac Lake Village officials will formally vote tonight to revamp the governing structure of the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department. Joseph Soisson, head of a faction of 40 local rescuers that broke away from the fire department, met to discuss a proposal in detail. The plan, which is designed to heal the strife-torn department, calls for the department’s current Fire Council to be disbanded and replaced by a board of commissioners for six months. 

50 YEARS — 1964

• Edward Siegel, president of the Board of Directors of the Plattsburgh YMCA, is inviting all women interested in the future of the local YMCA to a meeting to present the women with a picture of the current programs, needs and future plans. An organization called “Y’s Ladies” will be formed to aid the YMCA in whatever manner possible. 

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