November 4, 2013

Lookback: Nov. 4-10

25 YEARS — 1988

The season’s first major snowstorm dumped about 20 inches of snow from Long Lake to Malone, leaving many areas without heat or electricity. Residents were left cleaning up with shovels and chainsaws. The Saranac Lake-Lake Placid Chapter of the Red Cross prepared to open an overnight shelter for those without electricity, and some towns were asked to conserve water since electric pumps were out of commission.

Clinton County and Family Court Judge Robert J. Feinberg retires after 18 years and thousands of cases. Feinberg saw many changes over the years, including significant increases in the number of indictments, custody suits and sex-related cases.  Feinberg said he enjoys the dynamic of a jury and likes the drama of a courtroom. 

A major Texas-based energy company is ready to file with the state Public Service Commission for permission to build a 26-mile natural gas pipeline from the Canadian border to Plattsburgh, with several electric power plants along the way. The company has already signed an agreement to sell steam to C & A Wallcoverings and is negotiating similar deals with Georgia-Pacific Corp. and Plattsburgh Air Force Base. 

In Clinton County, the Bush-Quayle ticket won 15,612 votes to 12,609 for the Dukakis-Bentsen entry. In Franklin County, Bush defeated Dukakis 8, 831 to 7,601, and in Essex County Bush won with 9,061 to 6,476. Clinton County voted against the highway bond act, Franklin County voters were against the $3 billion transportation act, and Essex County voters said no to the state’s proposal to borrow for roads and bridges. 

50 YEARS — 1963

County 4-H’ers and Home Demonstration women learned the art of holiday decoration at a workshop conducted by Cornell University Professor Ernest Schauffler, whose field is ornamental horticulture. More than 115 people attended, including 12 home economics students from SUNY Plattsburgh who were studying 4-H as an informal educational program. Schauffler demonstrated how to make wreaths, a Christmas tree centerpiece and a mistletoe kissing ball.  

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