January 7, 2013

Lookback: Jan. 7 to 13

25 years – 1988

As part of a fundraising effort to establish a scholarship and a medical emergency fund for residents of Plattsburgh’s sister city, the guided missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain, the ship’s captain and many local dignitaries attended a ceremony to unveil an original painting of the 1814 Battle of Plattsburgh. Prints of the painting, which is valued at $250,000, will be available for donations of $100.

A section of Main Street and Broadway in downtown Saranac Lake has been named to the New York state register of historic places. Called the Berkeley Square Historic District, it is expected to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the near future.

Bending to the will of budget protesters, city leaders laid off eight workers and cut the salaries of many more. Combining these workforce cuts with yet to be approved reductions proposed earlier by Mayor Carlton Rennell, the city tax rate could drop as much as 10 percent.

The sale of the former Harris graphics plant in Champlain to a Québec-based snowmobile and all-terrain vehicle parts manufacturer and distributor has been finalized. The Press-Republican learned that Kimpex of Drummondville, Quebec, has now taken over the former Harris building, and a handful of Harris employees still on the job have been moved to temporary quarters in classrooms at St. Patrick’s school on Maple Street in Rouses Point.

50 years – 1963

Residents along the Saranac riverbanks started mopping-up operations this weekend after a weeklong flood. Demolition crews from the Saranac Volunteer Fire Department finally blasted a channel through the mammoth ice jam that has been threatening this village all week.

Officials of Plattsburgh Air Force Base will deed 9.75 acres of land over to the Federal Housing and Home Finance Agency soon for the purpose of building a new 16-room school. The site of the new school would be between the base service station on the new base, and the Non-Commissioned Officers Club.

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