25 YEARS — 1989
• The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found five violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act during an inspection of the Plattsburgh Air Force Base. The base Public Affairs office released a statement that said two of the discrepancies about fire control equipment were without basis. Another discrepancy concerned an emergency contingency plan that listed personnel by duty to be contacted, however the EPA wanted the list to include specific names. “Standard Air Force procedure dictates using duty positions because of frequent turnover of military personnel,” the statement said.
• More than 60 regional maple syrup producers gathered at the Miner Institute in Chazy for a seminar on maple syrup hosted by the Miner Center and the Cornell Cooperative Extension. The lecture focused on the institute’s new sugar bush program that researches better ways to produce maple syrup.
• Golfers and softball players brought out their summer gear to play games in the snow at the Malone Winter Carnival, which will begin with a broomball tournament and a ski-a-thon. Four marching bands and seven floats will participate in the parade on Main Street, which is expected to attract about 5,000 people.
• Health department officials are seeking grant money to tackle the lack of physicians available to treat North Country patients, particularly Medicaid patients. Part of the problem is that physicians are reimbursed $11 for each Medicaid patient visit, which isn’t affordable for many doctors. John Andrus, director of Clinton County Health Department, hopes to coordinate the formation of a central Clinton County clinic that would guarantee primary services to Medicaid, low-income and elderly patients.
50 YEARS — 1964
• SUNY Plattsburgh is asking businessmen and school guidance counselors what two-year business courses are in the most demand among area high school graduates. George W. Angell, president of the college, believes a two-year program might start in the fall if the survey shows an immediate need. The college is also discussing another new program for State Correction Department employees to raise educational standards for Civil Service appointments.
• Champlain Valley Hospital opened a new physical therapy unit which includes about $2,000 worth of specialized equipment. A whirlpool tank and a hydraulic lift, as well as a boot with controlled weights, among other equipment, will help accident victims recover. Popular with the doctors are the microtherm machines that direct short-wave heat to the injured area.
• Ella Bola of AuSable Forks has been nominated for the Good Neighbor Award by Frances Huntington. Huntington said Bola’s daily visit to neighbors who must remain indoors helps the time pass more quickly for them, and her infectious laugh is as good as any medicine. “I have seen her many times picking up neighbors and friends, and taking them to church in her car. I’m sure that her cheerfulness and generosity make our neighborhood a happier place.”
75 YEARS — 1939
• The 1938 fire record for the 26th U.S. Infantry regimental fire department at Plattsburgh Barracks was received by the Common Council at it’s weekly session. The department, composed of eight men, answered a total of 405 calls which threatened a total value of $1,499, 800 in buildings and $526,100 in building contents.
• A flock of more than 25 ducks was rescued from the rapidly forming ice of Lake Champlain southeast of AuSable Point by a fisherman who is a member of the Plattsburgh Rod and Gun Club. Ice chisels were brought to cut the birds out of their imprisonment, though some of the ducks had already died. Others that appeared lifeless were revived by heat from the small fishing shanty stoves and some accepted morsels of food before they took to the air in search of open water.
• The Champlain Bus Corporation will place new General Motors 19-passenger coaches of the latest design on the routes between Saranac Lake and Plattsburgh, and between Jay and Port Henry. The coaches are equipped with a six-cylinder engine mounted at the rear of the coach with sound-proofing and with insulation to prevent smoke and exhaust odors from entering the bus.
• Charles W. Tanner of Plattsburgh entertained members of the Discussion Club at their weekly meeting at the YMCA with a showing of moving pictures of his summer trip through the National Parks of the Northwest. Many sections were in Technicolor and revealed the mountain ranges and wildlife in Yellowstone and Glacier national parks, among other parks.
100 YEARS — 1914
• J. A. McCrank, city milk inspector, filed his report with the City Clerk of his inspection of the city’s milk supply. The report shows that the majority of the dealers are supplying milk of excellent quality to their customers. There has been an improvement in the conditions surrounding the sources of milk supply for the city since the inauguration of the present system of inspection.
• With the use of field glasses, open water could been seen north of Crab Isle in Lake Champlain, causing the Plattsburgh-Grand Isle stage to discontinue its trips as a matter of precaution. With the wind in the west and colder weather, the ice crossing to Grand Isle will not be interfered with. Great quantities of perch are being caught through the ice on the lake and one local fisherman brought in almost 500 fish.
• Pitt Parker, a famous crayon artist and cartoonist, will give one of his noted crayon recitals at the YMCA Hall. Parker, who has a keen insight to human nature, is said to give amusing entertainment, and his caricatures of locals are considered to be the best.
— Compiled by Contributing Writer Amy Heggen