October 29, 2012

Lookback: Oct. 29, 2012

25  YEARS — 1987

▶ The biggest drug bust in North Country history, a combined effort of state, federal and Canadian police, netted investigators more than 14 pounds of cocaine recently. In addition to the cocaine with an estimated street value of $125,000, police confiscated two vehicles, $3,550 in U.S. currency, and an undetermined amount of Colombian money.

▶ Two dormitory-dwelling Plattsburgh State students filed suit in New York State Supreme Court against the Clinton County Board of Elections on behalf of as many as 2,500 other dormitory students in an effort to regain the right for dormitory students to register and vote in Plattsburgh.

▶ A $50 million building project, to include condominium and senior citizen housing, retail shopping mall, business offices and a parking garage, is being planned for downtown Plattsburgh by private developers. Similar downtown development proposals have stalled in the past.

▶ Colleen Main from Montreal purchased the venerable old Flanagan Hotel for $900,000 with plans for revitalization.

50 YEARS — 1962

▶ Another experimental step in convict rehabilitation will be taken at Clinton Prison this week with the introduction of a program in inmate group counseling. Convicts will be encouraged to discuss their personal problems and feelings in a relaxed but guarded “small group atmosphere.”

▶ The Christian Science Society of Plattsburgh hopes to build a new church on Adirondack Lane next spring. The society holds an option on property on the West side of the lane, just south of the Lutheran Church, and has applied to Common Council for an extension of water and sewage lines to the site.

▶ A 21-classroom campus school, estimated cost of which is $2,650,000, is being planned for Plattsburgh State University College. Among the features of the building will be a “television program originating center” where cameras, transmitting and monitoring equipment will be housed.

75 YEARS — 1937

▶ Paper ballots that voters of Essex County will use in next Tuesday’s general election were saved from destruction early Wednesday when fire swept the plant of the Essex County Republican, a weekly newspaper at Keeseville, with the loss estimated at from $25,000 to $80,000. C. F. Peterson, editor of the newspaper, said this week’s issue will be printed at the plant of the AuSable Forks Record Post.

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