June 25, 2012

Lookback: June 25, 2012


---- — 25 YEARS AGO – 1987

▶ Nearly 100 people are now involved in the search for Kari Lynn Nixon, the 16-year-old AuSable Forks girl who has been missing for three days. State Police and Bureau of Criminal Investigation officers were joined in the search on Thursday by forest rangers from the Department of Environmental Conservation, members of the State Police mounted patrol unit, a K-9 unit and a police helicopter.

▶ An explosion and flash fire on a 30-foot sailboat injured three Montreal men, two of them critically, at Lighthouse Point Marina in Rouses Point. Both were in intensive care Wednesday night.

▶ “The holes in the smile of downtown Malone” need to be filled in, according to the architect hired by the village to develop a comprehensive development plan for the central business district. Paul Soper, the Syracuse architect who is developing the plan, told Office of Community Development Director Scott Murtagh on Monday that one of the first things the village needs to do is fill in the vacant spaces along Main Street with some sort of landscaping.

▶ The Village of Rouses Point is trying to get a $100,000 grant to install a concrete floor in the Rouses Point Recreation Center for the 1989 hockey season. With a concrete floor, the center could be used year-round.

50 YEARS AGO – 1962

▶ Plans for a new $1 million department store to serve the Plattsburgh area were disclosed Sunday by Giant Key Corporation of Lynn, Mass. Giant Key next month will begin construction of an 89,000-square-foot store at North Country Shopping Center on Route 9.

* A team of engineers moved into Essex County this week to begin inspection of about 33 county buildings as possible fallout shelter sites. Buildings to be inspected have already met established government requirements for protection against radioactive fallout.

▶ Evalon A. Merritt, Plattsburgh City School District superintendent of schools, said Monday that the Supreme Court ruling against classroom prayer would indicate that the observance would be discontinued here in Plattsburgh. The prayer recommended by the State Regents has been used in city schools for years, he said.

▶ Republic Steel Corp. Monday announced its Lyon Mountain mine will reopen July 9. William A. Blomstran, Adirondack district manager, also announced that the company’s Port Henry mine will close this Saturday.

75 YEARS AGO – 1937

▶ The new Rouses Point vehicular bridge will be open for traffic July 1 according to an announcement this week by ex-Sen. Mortimer Y. Ferris, of Ticonderoga, chairman of the Lake Champlain Bridge Commission.

▶ On Sunday, July 4, Camp Tapawingo, the girls summer recreational camp located on the shores of Lake Champlain at Point au Roche, will open under the direction of Mrs. Helen Beasely Ochs of Norwich, Conn. She comes to Plattsburgh highly recommended by Girl Schouts national headquarters.

▶ After July 1, all milk sold in the City of Plattsburgh is required to be pasteurized. This is the culmination of progressively restrictive regulations passed by the State Department of Health with a view to protecting public health from some of the dangers of raw milk.

▶ The official opening of the new state campsite, located just east of the Plattsburgh Municipal Bathing Beach, will take place July 1. Just before the opening an extensive motor parade will start from Trinity Park, headed by a motor escort of State Police and will go directly to the campsite.

100 YEARS AGO – 1912

▶ Professor Guy Potter Benton addresses the Class of 1912 during graduating exercises held at the Plattsburgh Theatre.

▶ A serious accident happened at Mountain View, near Malone, Monday afternoon when Dr. D.L. Hartman received a gunshot wound in the leg which caused it to be amputated later at the Montreal hospital. According to the story told by the injured man, a hawk was seen in the neighborhood of the Payne camp, where he was visiting, and the doctor hastily caught up his shotgun and started in pursuit. In his eagerness to get a shot at the bird, he tripped over a projecting root and in some manner, the trigger of the gun became caught and the firearm was discharged.

▶ Arthur Langio, 28 years old, was killed in the separator in the Lyon Mountain mines Wednesday. The accident by which Langio came to his death was caused when he attempted to shift a belt and his clothing became caught in the shafting.

— Compiled by contributing writer Shawn Ryan