August 19, 2013

Lookback: Aug. 19 to 25

25 YEARS — 1988

▶ After Saranac district voters approved the school budget, board members made good their pre-annexation promise and formally hired 21 teachers and 11 non-teaching employees from the now defunct Dannemora Union Free School District. In addition, the board hired several new staff members and created additional positions for the district — some as a direct result of annexation, others as a result of increased enrollment in the elementary schools.

▶ Ticonderoga has won a temporary stay of the recent Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court ruling ordering the dismissal of six town cops. Appellate Division Justice Leonard A. Weiss was to sign the temporary stay, which will be in effect until Sept. 1, at which time the remaining justices will rule if the stay will be prolonged until the court decides whether it will grant the town a new hearing.

▶ As Mohawk Indians prepare for the mid-September opening of their high-stakes bingo Hall, state officials and members of the mediating organization are meeting in an effort to head off confrontation over the state opposed bingo operation. The state recently asked the Turtle Island Trust, a three-member autonomous organization established to facilitate communication between the state and the Mohawks, for a letter explaining the trust’s view of Mohawk activities in the Ganienkeh Territory.

▶ Mill Manager Paul Stecko says IP will hire permanent replacement workers to keep the mill running if there’s a strike at the plant. Union leaders, a day before the union’s negotiating committee is to meet with the rank-and-file are angry, calling the letter and overt threat.

50 YEARS — 1963

▶ Dr. Dana W. Weeks labeled as “inadequate and designed for horse and buggy days,” the warning signs marking the railroad crossing where two men were killed at West Chazy last month. Alex Nephew, 43, of West Chazy and Robert Rabideau, 24, of Beekmantown, died of injuries received when their Volkswagen sedan was smashed broadside by a passenger train at the crossing on Beekmantown Road on July 22, BCI agent Fred Wright testified in the inquest.

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