December 31, 2012

Lookback: Dec. 31 to Jan. 6


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25 YEARS — 1988

▶ A $10 million libel and defamation summons has been served on two congressional investigators, Lake Placid News employees, and the paper’s owner by the former part-time manager of the Lake Placid Club Resort. The previous manager, local accountant Joseph Brooks, maintains that a congressional investigation of the resort and the newspaper coverage it generated slurred him and his family.

▶ The Town of Saranac is helping the Saranac Fire Department realize its dream of a new firehouse by deeding over the necessary land. The 300-by-400-foot parcel on Route 3, across from the Saranac Central School garage, is part of a 20 acre lot given to the town nearly 20 years ago.

▶ The Plattsburgh Post Office’s search for an additional large building is still on, but plans for an all new complex, possibly to be built in 1992, may be put on hold because of budget cutbacks. The Plattsburgh Post Office has been searching for building of about 20,000 square feet for about a year.

▶ Like Cinderella rushing to beat the stroke of the midnight hour, Triton Power scurried to bring its High Falls hydro plant online. If the power plant on the Chateaugay River wasn’t operating before the last tick of the clock in 1987, Triton Power would no longer be guaranteed that they could sell the electricity generated for six cents a kilowatt hour, a rate necessary to make the project profitable.

50 YEARS — 1963

▶ Iron miners in Lyon Mountain agreed to accept a cut in their bonus pay. The Republic Steel Corporation offered the workers a proposition: a cut in their incentive pay, in exchange for the mines reopening Jan. 14.

▶ Thirty-one years after the 1932 Olympic Games, Lake Placid is in the process of bidding for the 1968 Winter Olympics. Lake Placid was chosen as the official US representative after a meeting in Chicago of the United States Olympic Council last October.

▶ Clinton County centralized schools may be reorganized into a single supervisory district this year. A further alteration this year may be to reduce the number of centralized districts from 14 to 12.

▶ The city has started paving the way for the proposed downtown phase of urban renewal. Common Council directed Corporation Counsel Allen M. Light to draft legislation which will lead to the creation of an urban renewal agency, which will also require a special act of the state Legislature and the signature of the Governor.

75  YEARS — 1938

▶ The International Joint Commission told the American and Canadian governments today that construction of a Lake Champlain Seaway, connecting Montréal and the Hudson River, was “neither advisable nor economically practicable at the present time.” The commission said that because estimated costs of maintaining the Champlain route were far in excess of estimated transportation savings.

▶ Federal Judge Frederick H. Bryant approved a reorganization plan for the Witherbee-Sherman Corporation and its subsidiary the Port Henry Mining Company. The jurist said that under the confirmed plan the debtor corporations may reorganize so that a lease given to the Republic Steel Company may be superior to the existing mortgages.

▶ Plattsburgh, with the per capita cost of $1.65 for home relief, is listed among Northern New York cities in the low-cost bracket according to a report on cities of the state based on the ratio of cost to population, released by the joint legislative committee on state fiscal policies.

100  YEARS — 1913

▶ Henry Grosse, a private with one of the companies of the Third Infantry, which was garrisoned at Plattsburgh barracks during the past summer, was arrested in Montréal on a warrant for stealing clothing in Plattsburgh and deserting from the Army. While being brought back to the United States, Grosse jumped from a lavatory window on the train, shortly before arriving in West Chazy, and the bird has flown the coop.

▶ Frederick Arthur Poulin must die in the electric chair at Clinton prison within the week of Feb. 10, by the decision of the court of appeals.

▶ Humane Officer William A. Hennessy was called to Willsboro to investigate a case which had baffled the people of that village, and in which the guilty party had stolen property of considerable value. Hennessy was able to secure a confession from a 15-year-old boy for stealing three gold watches from a local jewelry store shortly before Christmas.

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Shawn Ryan