Press-Republican

February 4, 2013

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25 YEARS — 1988

A recently prepared report for the United Paperworkers International Union speculates that three International Paper Company landfills are causing some type of environmental damage, the extent of which cannot yet be determined. However, company officials stressed that the landfill the company now uses is one of the best managed and environmentally sound industrial waste sites in the state.

The Alice Hyde Hospital will begin transferring patients to other hospitals in preparation for a strike by the hospital’s nurses. Meanwhile, the nurses have charged that the hospital has released misleading information to the media about their contract demands.

Town officials in Moriah say the community can effectively handle the anticipated growth the new shock incarceration prison is expected to provide later this year. The state Department of Correctional Services anticipates that 363 people will eventually move into the area once the prison is operational.

Picketing guards made circles in the snow outside Adirondack Correctional Facility, holding signs of protest as they walked around in cold, sharp winds. The informational picket held by correctional officers during their non-working hours was not a strike, but a message to the public that they do not believe their concerns are being addressed at the minimum-security prison.

50 YEARS — 1963

The Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart are withdrawing their administrative and spiritual services from the Champlain Valley Hospital as of July 1. The Grey Nuns founded the hospital in 1910, and have provided services in both the hospital and nursing school ever since, although it is a nonsectarian hospital.

The Ellenburg Kiwanis Club has obtained 450 signatures in an effort to keep the Ellenburg State Police substation in existence — and petitions are still being circulated. The club is working against a Feb. 23 deadline, at which time the substation lease expires.

State Sen. Robert C. McEwan is attempting to incorporate a Lake Champlain bridge and a new North Country superhighway into the federal Interstate Highway System. The superhighway would extend east and west across the northern part of the state, connecting Ogdensburg with Rouses Point.

A dispute over the seniority status of Teamster Union members involved in a transfer from a Montréal to a Plattsburgh local has developed into a $500,000 damage suit against the union’s New York State Joint Council. Eleven members of Local 648 filed the suit in U.S. District Court, contending that their seniority rights were protected by a contract already in place and could not be nullified.

75 YEARS — 1938

Plattsburgh Mayor Leander A. Bouyea received a letter from the acting regional council for the federal Emergency Administration of Public Works, advising that the injunction restraining the Public Works Administration from financing the Plattsburgh municipal power plant has been dissolved, and the Public Works Administration is now in a position to finance the project in accordance with the terms of the government order.

Less than 50 percent of the total number of automobiles in Clinton County have been registered for 1938. Motor Vehicle Bureau Cashier Charles Anderson said 5,850 passenger cars have been licensed in the county since the plates went on sale. There are about 12,000 passenger vehicles in the county.

Is there gold in the Adirondack foothills? To answer that question, Franklin County is considering a new survey of its mineral resources, believing that Mother Nature, in creating the oldest chain of mountains, could not have skimped Franklin County while generously endowing neighboring regions such as Lyon Mountain and Mineville with valuable natural resources.

100 YEARS — 1913

The possibilities of winter automobiling for pleasure were demonstrated by a party of Montrealers who came to this city and went with their car to the summit house at Silver Lake. The party left Montréal in a handsomely equipped six cylinder Russia-Snyder limousine, which weighs more than 6,000 pounds.

The final steps in the merger of the Clinton and New York Telephone Companies occurred at a meeting of the stockholders of the new organization held at the offices of the New York Telephone Company at the corner of Clinton and Oak streets. New officers and directors were elected, thus bringing to an end the existence of the business career of the Clinton Telephone Company, a large part of the stock of which was held by local businessmen and in which Plattsburgh generally took a lively interest.

Frederick Poulin, who alone now occupies a cell in the death house at Clinton Prison at Dannemora, must pay the extreme penalty of the law in the electric chair some day next week, Governor Sulzer having refused to intervene in his case. Despite the near approach of the time when he must take the short walk, which will end in his death, Poulin remained cheerful. It is expected that there will be nothing out of the usual in his execution.

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Shawn Ryan