September 9, 2013

Lookback: Week of Sept. 9 to 15

25 YEARS — 1988

• The Northeastern Clinton Central School Teachers Association is willing to waive class-size requirements to decrease the tax burden after the board of education created new teaching positions to keep class sizes within the limits, which would ultimately cost $19,000. The school board offers several ways to fund the new positions, including decreasing the Gifted and Talented Program, and cutting field trip funds. 

• The Putnam Central School District considers annexing to Ticonderoga Central School District, the largest in Essex County, as an economic solution for shrinking enrollment. A feasibility study will  be conducted and meetings will be held for Putnam and Ticonderoga residents to gather recommendations for the annexation.

• State Police raid a St. Regis Mohawk Reservation truck stop for the second time in nine months, seizing gaming machines. Tribal leaders said they would issue a formal protest with Gov. Mario Cuomo, and consider the intervention a violation of the Mohawks’ rights as a sovereign nation.   

 50 YEARS — 1963

• George Yokum, a professor of music at SUNY Plattsbugh, and his wife, were killed in a car accident in Quebec during their first vacation in 23 years, leaving five surviving children. The president of SUNY Plattsburgh, George W. Angell, expressed his sympathies. “George Yokum was a devoted member of our faculty and an inspiration to the students whom he instructed and to those whom he worked with as a leader of our choral groups.”

• The Conservation Department discontinues the use of DDT after a study of 11 Adirondack lakes blames the pesticide for the death of newly hatched trout. Other pesticides on the market that disintegrate more quickly than DDT will be used.

• A new perfume operation is opened in Rouses Point at the old Lyric Theater by William Thompson. The former electrician learned the business during two months in New York City. 

75 YEARS — 1938

• The clear autumn air and views from the peak of Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks make sunset parties a popular attraction. After an informal dinner, diners often climb a few hundred feet to the top, or take a comfortable electric lift to watch the sun sink. 

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