August 26, 2013

Lookback: Aug. 26 to Sept. 1


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25 YEARS — 1988

Congressman David O. B. Martin stressed in two speeches recently that Plattsburgh Air Force Base is vitally important to the nation’s defense, and he believes it will play an important role well into the future. “Plattsburgh Air Force Base, because of its importance in the defense of this country, is going to have an important commission for certainly my lifetime and well into the next century.”

Clinton County union workers turned the results of their two previous contract ratification votes upside down, overwhelmingly approving management’s three-year contract offer by a 2-1 margin. More than 80 percent of the membership turned out to ratify the new pact.

The Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School will be starting the school year without a superintendent, after the school board suspended Superintendent James Chunco with pay. The board is refusing to release their reason for suspending Dr. Chunco.

Clinton Community College unveiled its $5 million-plus plan that will keep changing the face of the college on through the 1990s. Dr. Jay Fennell, president of Clinton Community College, presented the master plan of reconstruction, renovation and enhancement, saying that the current and projected growth of the college warranted the present and future plans.

In a low-key presentation to common Council members, Ward 3 Alderman Clyde Rabideau recently unveiled a plan that would turn management of the City Beach over to an appointed citizens board. Originally suggested by Ward 3 Alderman George Poitras, a municipal beach authority could make the hard decisions about beach development that the current Common Council seems unable to make.

50 YEARS — 1963

The Crown Point Board of Education set supervising Principal Fred D. Walsh’s hearing for Sept. 6 in the school building. At that time Walsh will be given a chance to respond to 23 charges that have been brought against him by the same board that will be hearing the case.

The idea of a curfew for the village of Keeseville, which looked so promising earlier in the summer, is being dropped according to a village official. Incidents of vandalism, which had sparked calls for the curfew have been down over the summer, prompting the decision to drop the idea.

The Clinton County Board of Supervisors  will decide whether it needs a policy on the Trade Winds Motel and Lyon Mountain Ski Center proposals. Resolutions that came out of a closed door Finance Committee meeting turned thumbs down on the motel but endorsed the ski center.

75 YEARS — 1938

Purchase of $130,000 of the preferred stock of the Adirondack National Bank by the Reconstruction Finance Corporation of the federal government has virtually assured a merger of the Adirondack National and Saranac Lake National Banks. The merger will probably not take place for another month however, as many details still remain before the final consolidation of the two banks can take place.

Erskine M. Harmon, newly appointed administrator of the federal-state milk marketing program for metropolitan New York City, said he expected the program would result in “substantial increases in prices to most producers.” The order established minimum prices to be paid to 60,000 producers, including producers throughout the North Country, and set up milk handling regulations designed to stabilize marketing conditions in the metropolitan area, the world’s richest milk market.

The 26th Infantry, Plattsburgh Barracks, will leave next week for Pine Plains where, together with regular Army units from Madison Barracks, Fort Ontario and Fort Niagara, they’ll undergo two weeks of intensive maneuvers. Major Fred B. Rogers, Major Robart A. Rohnson and Capt. Edward P. Lukert went to Pine Camp for conference on tactical problems, preparatory to the extensive maneuvers in which 3,300 men will participate, using the most modern of war making devices.

100 YEARS — 1913

This week will nearly wind up the excursion business and the Chateaugay will make her last regular trip, before next week being idle most of the week, and the following week will to be used for trips to the city on account of the fair. She will go to Shelburne Harbor on Sept. 13 for the season.

The 28th annual fair of the Clinton County Agricultural Society opens one week from today, and President E. F. Botsford and his associate officers are busy with the final arrangements of what promises to be the largest and best fair ever held in northern New York. President Botsford has received assurances that the exhibits and all departments will be more numerous and better than ever before, and the application for the different departments is already taking ingenuity of the officials to properly care for.

Two Plattsburgh youths had a thrilling experience on the lake when they were forced to jump from their burning 21-foot motorboat and swim a considerable distance to the shore. One of the youths was taken from the water by occupants of a rowboat, while their craft burned to the water’s edge.

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Shawn Ryan