November 25, 2013

Lookback: Nov. 25 - Dec. 1

25 YEARS — 1988

Local aliens aren’t taking advantage of the government amnesty program which will allow illegal immigrants who have been living in the United States to apply for legal status. INS Port Director Dick McCabe at the Champlain Port of Entry said his office didn’t receive any local requests for applications or information about the program, so the INS has come to the conclusion that there doesn’t seem to be many illegal aliens in the Northeast area of New York. About 700 people have applied throughout upstate New York, though the state was expecting many more.

A survey of Clinton County residents revealed that sea-lamprey control tops the list of resident concerns. Results from the COMPASS report were compiled by the Economic Development Center and Technical Assistance Center at SUNY Plattsburgh. Various groups involved in a proposed sea-lamprey-control program asked for an extension to the deadline for an acceptable agreement. 

CVPH Medical Center unveiled a 10-bed alcohol detoxification unit staffed with nurses, therapists and counselors. Fran West, the vice president for nursing, said that there was a clear need in the community for the unit. “We’ve received phone calls already from agencies looking for information about referrals. We’ve sent notices to private physicians and agencies informing them of the unit.”

50 YEARS — 1963

Books by and about John F. Kennedy are vanishing off the shelves of the Plattsburgh Public Library as residents mourn his death. Several biographies about the president and his family are now out of stock, according to Assistant Librarian Laura Ingalls, who has made special display of any Kennedy books still available. “Mrs. Kennedy’s Tour of the White House” was already borrowed when the tragedy occurred. “It has always been extremely popular,” Ingalls said. The Plattsburgh News Co. ordered 200 more copies of paperback editions of “Profiles in Courage,” by John F. Kennedy.

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