June 10, 2013

Lookback: June 10 to 16

25 YEARS — 1988

The Rouses Point Village Board unanimously approved the construction of a $3.5 million townhouse to be built on 12 acres of land along the north side of Smith Street in Rouses Point. Construction of the project, which will be called Oakwood, could begin in less than 30 days.

Although opposition to off-track betting in Essex County is gaining momentum, it seems as though the Essex County Board of Supervisors will OK the measure. 

St. Bernard Catholic Elementary School in Saranac Lake is closing its sixth grade because of a drop in enrollment, and half its teaching staff will not be returning next year. Sister Brian Marie Latour, who has been principal of the school for the past three years, is also resigning.

Members of Clinton County’s municipal employee union can expect to work a long, hot summer without a new contract, and picket lines may ring county government offices. These two major developments were discussed recently as union rank-and-file met in Plattsburgh to discuss strategy on their deadlocked contract talks.

The U.S. government will pay for odor control repairs at the Ruger Street compost plant, a bailout that could be worth $1 million.

50 YEARS — 1963

A 13-year-old Plattsburgh boy was listed in critical condition after surgery at Montreal Neurological Hospital with injuries suffered when he and three other youngsters were hit by a car on Boynton Avenue. Gary Finnegan was walking home with his two sisters and a cousin from an evening at Rollerland when the mishap occurred.

Grey Gables, the sprawling apartment building erected by the Miner Foundation to house Chazy school teachers, has been suggested as an infirmary for Clinton County welfare patients. Richard Duquette, county welfare commissioner, said the board of supervisors has been approached on the possible purchase of the building.

Two Delaware and Hudson diesel engines derailed when the tracks they were on sunk in the mud near Crown Point. Nobody was injured when at least 15 cars slipped from the tracks, causing coal to be strewn for a considerable distance.

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