January 27, 2014

Lookback: Jan. 27 to Feb. 2

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. 

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