March 12, 2012

Lookback: March 12-18

25 YEARS AGO — 1987

▶ The new Champlain Centre Mall in Plattsburgh, upon completion, will produce $725,000 in land and school taxes annually. Including the taxable $41 million that financed the building, Clinton County's tax base will be raised from $15 million to $20 million.

▶ Plattsburgh's old Turner mansion — currently Turner Heights apartments — was the inspiration for former resident Dave Smiths new text adventure computer game, "Mystery Mansion."

▶ The first Irish group to ever play in Plattsburgh, Shamrock Paddy, will be performing at the Plattsburgh and Clinton County Chamber of Commerce's annual Irishmen of the Year Breakfast and a number of other places in celebration of St. Patricks Day.

▶ The North Country Big Brother-Big Sister organization raised $32,000 in pledges at their annual Bowl-For-Kids'-Sake at Plattsburgh Lanes. The event attracted more than 700 bowlers, who are now eligible to win a free membership to the Plattsburgh YMCA.

50 YEARS AGO — 1962

▶ The Traveling Playhouse professional performing group out of New York City, known for their children's plays, will visit Plattsburgh and will be putting on "Pinocchio."

▶ A passenger train going from Montreal to Albany collided with a truck at a grade crossing in Crown Point. The driver, a Ticonderoga man, was killed in the accident.

▶ Two 18-year-old airmen from Plattsburgh Air Force Base are scheduled for hearings on charges of attempted grand larceny after trying to steal a sedan from Clinton Street.

▶ Women's spring fashion this year in Plattsburgh has been greatly inspired by First Lady Jacqueline "Jackie" Kennedy, the look having taken hold of most downtown clothing stores.

75 YEARS AGO — 1937

▶ St. John's High School Glee Club will present "The Wishing Well," an Irish musical comedy in spirit of St. Patricks Day. This is their second performance of this play in the past week; it has become a decided hit with the audience. A full house is expected.

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