December 24, 2012

Lookback: Dec. 24 to 31

25 YEARS — 1987

▶ The Rochester area won and the North Country lost in a key leg of the race for the government’s proposed $4.4 billion superconducting super-collider, the world’s largest atom smasher. The National Academy of Sciences said two key factors influencing their decision were “reasonable proximity to a well serviced airport, and a hospitable environment and surrounding communities for the scientists who work at the super-collider, and their families.”

▶ A contingent of North Country notables will make a pilgrimage to Omaha, Neb., in January to try to entice the United States Air Force to bring a new B-2 bomber force to Plattsburgh Air Force Base. Success could ensure PAFB’s role as a leader in the Strategic Air Command and the US defense system in general well into the 21st century.

▶ U.S. Customs officials who arrested a man with 10 kg of cocaine hidden in his car called this one of the largest drug seizures ever at the northern border. According to US Customs officials, investigators believe the drugs were headed for Montréal.

▶ Without any fanfare, flag-waving or marching bands, the LaChute River hydro project went online supplying electricity to Niagara Mohawk’s power grid. The developers of the hydro project wanted to turn the power on before New Year’s in order to qualify for certain tax incentives, but the power generated by the project is not up to capacity as of yet.

▶ The owners of slot machine parlors on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation are making plans to reopen, a spokesman for the owners said. “I’d like to see new machines put in there,” said Julius Herne, executive director of the Mohawk Chamber of Commerce. “If we had the machines, we would reopen now.”

50 YEARS — 1962

▶ Residents of two Wilmington common school districts will vote next week on the Lake Placid annexation proposal. The proposal was made in an order from the State Education Department, and said that Wilmington Common School District 1 and 2 should be annexed to the Lake Placid village school system.

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