Press-Republican

January 28, 2013

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25 YEARS — 1988

The state may need to build as many as three new 700-bed medium-security prisons within the next two years, an aide to State Sen. Ronald Stafford said.

The Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board is crying foul over Adirondack Park Agency talk of tightening the criteria for approving development projects in the park. Review Board members were upset this month to learn the APA is now claiming authority to consider the “cumulative impact” that development projects may have on the environment.

Nurses at Alice Hyde Hospital are set to strike unless they can reach an agreement with the hospital for a two-year contract. The nurses are seeking a wage increase of 36 to 40 percent over the two-year term. The hospital is offering 14 percent.

The gate to the Altona sludge lagoons is swinging shut to the City of Plattsburgh, and the result could be higher city sewage rates. According to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the city had no approval to dump sewage in Altona, and the man-made ponds there have never complied with state regulations.

The Crown Point Bridge is in dire need of rehabilitation. The price could be as high as $6 million. The state Department of Transportation, which took over control of the bridge last year when the Lake Champlain Bridge Commission was abolished, recently conducted a preliminary structural inspection of the 59-year-old span, finding numerous problems.

50 YEARS — 1963

The Beekmantown Central School District has become a village superintendency district upon the order of the state commissioner of education. School board president Sidney Duquette said it was a “smashing victory” for the board.

The Town of Dannemora has an embarrassing conflict of interest case on its hands, according to the state Department of Audit and Control examiner. The examiner found the town was paying town garage rent to Mrs. Howard King Sr. of Chazy Lake, the wife of the town superintendent of highways.

Unemployment in the town of Moriah may remain chronic for a while, at least until the state has a more elaborate retraining program than it has now, according to a study by the director of the state Labor Department’s manpower division. The study revealed, among other things, a reluctance on the part of residents to leave the area, chiefly because they can’t find jobs elsewhere

Gov. Rockefeller presented to the Legislature his $2.89 billion budget, which includes a record $39.7 million for the Clinton and Essex counties. The budget launches Plattsburgh State University College and other schools of the SUNY system on the largest building boom in their history.

75 YEARS — 1937

Supreme Court Justice Ellsworth C. Lawrence of Malone ordered a temporary injunction against the City of Plattsburgh, preventing the city from issuing bonds or taking any further steps toward the construction of a municipal power plant until the final determination of an action begun by the New York State Electric and Gas Corporation can be ruled upon.

Appraisal of the estate of the late Phelps Smith, son of Paul Smith of Adirondack fame,  showed a gross valuation of $2,291,813, according to records on file in the surrogate’s office. The appraisal of the Smith estate is of more than general interest because of the provisions in Phelps Smith’s will for the establishment of the Paul Smith’s College of Arts and Sciences as a memorial to his father.

Four men were burned, three of them severely, at a fire at the new plant of the Chateaugay Cooperative Marketing Association at Chateaugay. The four were working on alterations to the building, previously the Sprague Garage, when a blast of flame shot out of a furnace pipe and ignited a ceiling.

The winter’s severest cold wave continues unabated throughout the East. Mercury readings in the Plattsburgh area have been below zero for 10 straight days, with no let-up in sight.

100 YEARS — 1913

George Lagitinsky, a Polish miner employed in the mines at Lyon Mountain for the past 12 years, met a terrible death, crushed under a loaded ore car nearly 1,800 feet below ground. The accident appears to be due entirely to the carelessness of Lagitinsky himself.

A new automobile enterprise has been launched, the principal stockholders of which are former officials and high salaried employees of the Lozier motor company, and are well known in this city. The new organization is to be known as the Emise Motor Company. It intends to manufacture automobiles, which will sell at a much lower figure than the Lozier.

Bert Collins, a young man with an unenviable jail record, is again behind  bars, this time for horse stealing, a crime that will probably land him in Clinton prison. Young Collins went to the stables of Wilson and Smith in the rear of Plattsburgh’s Witherill House hotel and, in the absence of the boy who was left in charge of the stable, jumped on the back of a horse and started in the direction of South Catherine Street.

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Shawn Ryan