25 YEARS — 1988
Rouses Point police said alcohol abuse is directly related to the crime rate in the small community of 2,200 people and also throughout the North Country. About 75 percent of arrests in the village over the past 10 months can be attributed to alcohol abuse, Chief Robert Craig said. Even more alarming, he said, is the number of individuals ages 16 to 20 who are arrested for conduct related to alcohol abuse.
Despite frigid temperatures, about 100 Malone Central School District employees and supporters walked picket lines at Flanders School. The non-instructional employees, including bus drivers, custodial and cafeteria workers, and secretaries, have been working without a contract for six months. They have support from various local unions, though they fear negotiations won’t begin until January.
Akwesasne Mohawks are seeking a $36 million annual lease fee from the Power Authority of New York State for a land claim of 12,000 acres in Franklin and St. Lawrence counties. They also want Salmon River Central School in Fort Covington turned over to the tribe. “We definitely want our own educational institution. We are tired of sending our kids to four different high schools,” said Indian Time Editor Doug George.
50 YEARS — 1963
More than 40 4-H leaders from Clinton, Franklin and Essex counties will participate in a two-day recreation workshop at the Trinity Episcopal Church to receive instructions and materials in major areas of recreation leadership. The program is under the leadership of Bernice Scott, Recreation Specialist of Cornell University.
The Plattsburgh Post Office is hiring 22 Christmas assistants, including 19 veterans, to serve as clerks and carrier assistants during the Christmas rush. Postmaster Horace Davies said the large sale of Christmas stamps will make up for the difference in revenue. The Post Office has already sold almost 140,000 five-cent stamps, depleting the stock.
Twelve SUNY Plattsburgh students had first-hand contact with communism when they visited the embassies of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Poland, the United States and Canada in Ottawa for a seminar on the Soviet Union and the Contemporary World. They said the experience was an eye opener, and helped them to better understand the communist methods.
75 YEARS — 1938
The Plattsburgh Kiwanis Club announced that hundreds of toy donations are still needed as there’s grave danger of a toy shortage at the community Christmas tree. In past years contributions have been sufficient to give each child at least one toy, but this year the club is concerned. On the third floor of the fire station, the NYA is repairing and painting toys, so no donated toys are too badly battered to be fixed.
The 24-year-old Leland House in Schroon Lake, one of the largest summer resort hotels in the Adirondacks, burned down with damage estimated at $30,000. The four-story wooden building was constructed in 1914 after the original hotel was also destroyed by fire. The cause of the fire is unknown but it appears to have started on the second floor, spreading swiftly. Fire fighting equipment was summoned from Ticonderoga, 22 miles away.
Morrisonville’s New Boy Scout Troop 48 will be invested by Plattsburgh Troop 50, with special ceremonies held in Morrisonville Grange Hall. Troop 48 is being sponsored by the Morrisonville Board of Education. The installation ceremony is open to the public and will be attended by the parents of the scouts to be invested.
100 YEARS — 1913
Holiday shopping has started with a rush in Plattsburgh as starting early is advantageous. Local stores contain an unusually fine assortment of holiday novelties and some have established storerooms to accommodate patrons who wish to hold their purchases at the store until the holidays are nearer.
The store of Walker-Sherman Company is crowded daily with customers shopping for jewelry and Studholme, the Clothier carries high quality gentleman’s goods.
Officers of the local anti-tuberculosis society hosted a conference with the board of directors to discuss the erection and maintenance of a tuberculosis hospital in Clinton County at the expense of tax payers. There will be large delegation of advocates for the hospital present at the conference.
— Compiled by Contributing Writer Amy Heggen