March 31, 2014

Lookback: March 31 to April 6

25 YEARS — 1989

• Downtown Plattsburgh will get a big boost this year if the city is successful in its bid for $600,000 in federal residential and commercial rehabilitation assistance. Daniel Malone, director of the Community Development Office, hopes to target funds for the neighborhood to the west of Oak Street, lying between Court and Brinkerhoff streets. The landowners who agree to create apartments by rehabilitating second and third floor commercial buildings will be eligible for matching federal grants. 

• While the state’s employment figure hit a record for February, employment locally grew only in Franklin County, where 600 more people were employed than in January. In Clinton and and Essex counties the unemployment rate rose: 9.3 to 9.4 in Clinton and 10.5 to 10.8 in Essex. Statewide, unemployment dropped from 5.6 to 5.5 percent, and it dropped from 14.4 to 12.8 in Franklin County.

•  Groups of high school students from Essex and Franklin counties recently took part in special health-career days sponsored by the General Hospital of Saranac Lake and North Country Community College. Part of an ongoing program to promote awareness of educational and occupational opportunities in the health care field, a tour of the hospital gave many students a chance to see different departments and to ask questions. 

50 YEARS — 1964

• Wooden nickels will be legal tender in Plattsburgh during the sesquicentennial celebration of the Battle of Plattsburgh. According to Daniel Mitchell, chairman of the Coins and Medals Committee, 10,000 of the wooden nickels and special 50-cent medallions have been ordered. The release date for the medallions and nickels will be in May. 

• While the rest of New York suffers under its worst epidemic of German measles, Clinton County has not had a significant rise in its number of cases. The peak for the county will come this month, according to Joseph Rudmin, county health commissioner. The county usually runs a little behind in epidemics and the disease peaks every few years because it involves almost all susceptible children. 

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