March 19, 2012

Lookback: March 19-25

25 YEARS AGO — 1987

▶ Plattsburgh's 29th annual Irishman of the Year award was presented to two individuals this year, John and Helen Ianelli. The award is given to the person — or in this case, people — who contribute generously to the community as a whole.

▶ The Keeseville Elks Club donated money and materials to assist in building Dannemora resident Kevin Courture — born with cerebral palsy—a new wheelchair access ramp to his home.

▶ Eastern Precision Casting, a 2½-year-old small Plattsburgh industry, has received a $750,000 expansion loan that could eventually swell it's 16 person labor force to 150.

▶ The WCFE's Movie Marathon in Plattsburgh raised $69,000 falling short of it's fund raising goal by about $6,000. "Considering our technical difficulties, which took us off the air for a while, the hockey tournament and the good weather, we did very well," said Melissa Davis, the station's director of development and community relations.

50 YEARS AGO — 1962

▶ "Youth on Parade," the annual youth variety show will be held at the Lodge of Elks in Plattsburgh and will be televised on WPTZ.

▶ The Press-Republican's second annual "Best Recipe Contest" begins, open to residents in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties. More than 700 entries were made last year, and a larger number is expected this year.

▶ Plattsburgh State is holding its 12th annual science fair, exhibiting a total of 59 displays in Hawkins Hall. The exhibits were created by both junior and senior high schoolers from across the region.

▶ Statistics show that 43 percent of deaths in Clinton County last year were caused by heart disease.

75 YEARS AGO — 1937

▶ W. Finney & Sons of Peru are sponsoring a program in celebration of John Deere Centennial Day. The program will feature four talking pictures showing the development of farm machinery.

▶ The worst snow storm of the winter hit Plattsburgh, killing seven people in automobile accidents just before the first official day of spring.

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