August 27, 2012

Lookback: Aug. 27-Sept. 2

25 YEARS – 1987

Smoke may blow out the ears of students who smoke cigarettes, when Saranac Central School District tells them this September that they can no longer light up on school property. On a topic of discussion that spanned the Saranac School Board of Education’s summer meetings, it was finally decided Aug. 17 to prohibit students from smoking in school or at an outside smoking area, which is where it was previously allowed.

New lifesaving technology planned for the city’s ambulance service may cost $28,000 per year and will certainly result in higher ambulance user fees. Mayor Carlton Rennell said that advanced training for emergency medical technicians on the city’s firefighting force – plus pay differential for those specially trained firemen pulling ambulance duty – will combine to force the fee hikes.

Dixie Mercier is pretty happy that the town of Plattsburgh just won’t leave well enough alone. Mercier and her neighbors on Facteau Avenue, Tom Miller Road and Newell Avenue will soon say goodbye to their wells and say hello to a whole new water system, thanks to a newly approved $340,000 loan from the Farmers Home Administration.

John Linney threatened to sue the city for millions if the Municipal Lighting Department unplugs the power to his Plattsburgh Plaza store. Linney was cited for violations of an MLD regulation that prohibits multiple meters on single businesses. Refusing to alter his electrical system, Linney argued that the regulation has no basis in safety and that he is being singled out for prosecution.

50 YEARS – 1962

Plattsburgh is going to get an $80,000 civic and recreational center as a gift from two senior citizens who “feel it’s about time we did something for the city.” The city’s benefactors are Arthur H. and Wilfred D. Crete, both of South Catherine Street. One of the conditions of the gift is that the center, which will be a memorial to their parents, be erected within the boundaries of the city’s Sixth Ward.

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