January 20, 2014

Lookback: Jan. 20 to 26

25 YEARS — 1989

• More than 600 people from both the North Country and Quebec squeezed into Plattsburgh High School’s auditorium to tell a state commission that it was making a mistake considering Clinton County as a possible site for the state’s low-level radioactive waste dump. The panel for the public hearing, appointed by Gov. Mario Cuomo, identified a 104-square-mile tract in Altona as one of 10 options considered for the dump. People were skeptical about the idea and concerned about the long-term health effects of possible leaks. 

• Downtown Plattsburgh received a $300,000 grant from the state’s Urban Development Corp in an effort to boost economic activity. The money will be used to refurbish 40 storefronts, including doors, windows and other exteriors. The city will invest $105,000 in street and sidewalk improvements to Margaret Street. The goal is to encourage new commercial and residential development of the city, according to Daniel Malone, the Plattsburgh Community Development director.

• A currency-exchange and information center that made it’s debut along the Northway, just off the Champlain exit, has been a success. The center and souvenir shop was a joint venture of the Rouses Point-Champlain Northern Tier Chamber of Commerce and Ammex Warehouse Co. Inc., a division of Duty Free International. A second center is planned for the southbound lane, to open in the spring. 

50 YEARS — 1964

• Though Plattsburgh has four times as many burglaries and three times the number of drunks it had 10 years ago, the city’s juvenile crime has dropped and so have complaints of stolen bicycles, city police figures revealed this week. The figures also show the police have become more active during this time period, with more arrests and patrol cars clocking 122,417 miles last year compared with 52,525 miles ten years ago. 

• For girls who can’t afford four years of college, a secretarial course at Our Lady Victory Secretarial School can increase chances for employment. All students who have taken the one-year course at the secretarial school, not part of OLVA High School, have found jobs. Classes include typing, shorthand, business English, business math and accounting. 

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