September 23, 2013

Lookback: Sept. 23-29


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25 YEARS — 1988

▶ The Wilderness Education Association, which previously offered programs on its own in Idaho, decided to work only with colleges and set out to look for a school with available wilderness lands, eventually pairing with North Country Community College to provide a degree in outdoor leadership. The program, which received a $28,000 grant from the Adirondack North Country Association, has already had to turn students down.

▶ The General Hospital at Saranac Lake celebrates its 75th anniversary and unveils a new Emergency Center and a new Intensive Care Unit after a year of renovations. The new state-of-the-art facilities are only the first part of many more changes to come.

▶ A five-month labor dispute at the International Paper Co. leaves area police agencies unsure how to manage their resources. The unexpected assembly last week was peaceful but the police have to keep a watchful eye outside the mill’s gates in case the dispute heats up, using financial resources Essex County doesn’t have.

50 YEARS — 1963

▶ If enough unemployed Essex County residents show interest, the New York State Department of Labor Division of Employment will set up classes to teach them to be stenographers and typists. The program would pay trainees with families who have three years work experience, and trainees must be willing to relocate to areas with employment. 

▶ Ten delegates from the town of North Elba will leave for Europe to lobby for votes for Lake Placid to be the site of the 1968 Winter Olympics. They are going as a result of a $12,000 grant received from the state to help finance the bid for the Olympic site.

75 YEARS — 1938

▶ The AuSable River, 10 to 12 feet above its normal level because of torrential rains, has caused thousands of dollars of damage. Houses, garages and barns have been swept away into swirling flood waters an marooned families were rescued by workers in rowboats.

▶ Clinton County Jail failed an inspection by officials of the State Department of Correction. The jail may remain open as long as these repairs and changes are made: replace wooden frames with metal frames, replace wooden floor with fireproof material, install iron grating so prisoners won’t have access to windows, provide steel lockers and provide an entrance through the basement of the courthouse building.

▶ A Jewish refugee from Hitler-purged Austria, Herach Ziegelheim, 48, is held at the Franklin County Jail on a charge of violating the immigration laws by illegal entry from Canada. He told of his family scattered throughout Europe and the publishing business he had to leave behind in Vienna.

100 YEARS — 1913

▶ A committee of the Women’s Civic League will meet Miss Wilson, daughter of President Woodrow Wilson, at the residence of Mrs. George S. Weed on Cumberland Avenue. Miss Wilson will give a talk on schools as social centers, followed by a luncheon. 

▶ Fish and game clubs protest the Conservation Commission’s decision to close all lake trout waters in Franklin, Clinton, Essex, Lawrence, Hamilton, Lewis, Warren and Washington counties for the month of October and November. The measure is considered necessary for the preservation of game fish in Adirondack Waters but fish and game clubs have spent money to keep the waters stocked.