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September 2, 2013

Lookback: Week of Sept. 2 to 8

25 YEARS — 1988

Tupper Lake’s police chief expects to step down by the end of the month, after twice failing to pass the required state civil service examination. The Civil Service Administration has denied the village board permission to grant chief Robert DeGrace the third, provisional appointment.

The Adirondack Park agency faces what many are calling a landmark decision considering an expansion plan for Willsboro Bay Marina. As the nineteenth day of testimony in these APA hearings drew to a close, with several more days of hearings planned, the agencies project examiner heard pleas from all quarters, in favor of and against the marina expansion.

Construction of “Camp Moriah,” the state’s newest minimum-security prison, is well underway on Fisher Hill Road. Inmates, according to corrections department officials, should be housed at the site by the end of January, with construction completed by mid-February.

Bulldozers and backhoes are still moving dirt to make way for new buildings at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, but they are competing with roofers and carpenters fishing off buildings that have already gone up. In just four months acres of field land overlooking high peaks have been transformed from a meadow to housing units for Olympic-hopeful athletes training in the Lake Placid area.

 Roger Jakubowski, who bought the Big Tupper ski area from the town of Altamont just two years ago, signed a contract in principle to sell the mountain to North Country businessman Patrick Cunningham. Cunningham is no stranger to the ski business, owning Ski Barn Inc, with shops in Lake Placid, High Falls Gorge, North Creek and one at Gore Mountain.

50 YEARS — 1963

A rare black woodchuck, probably the first ever reported in the United States, was shot in Churubusco. The biological rarity, which was shot by a local hunter, is now destined to be a museum piece.

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