February 4, 2013

Lookback: Feb. 4 to 10

25 YEARS — 1988

A recently prepared report for the United Paperworkers International Union speculates that three International Paper Company landfills are causing some type of environmental damage, the extent of which cannot yet be determined. However, company officials stressed that the landfill the company now uses is one of the best managed and environmentally sound industrial waste sites in the state.

The Alice Hyde Hospital will begin transferring patients to other hospitals in preparation for a strike by the hospital’s nurses. Meanwhile, the nurses have charged that the hospital has released misleading information to the media about their contract demands.

Town officials in Moriah say the community can effectively handle the anticipated growth the new shock incarceration prison is expected to provide later this year. The state Department of Correctional Services anticipates that 363 people will eventually move into the area once the prison is operational.

Picketing guards made circles in the snow outside Adirondack Correctional Facility, holding signs of protest as they walked around in cold, sharp winds. The informational picket held by correctional officers during their non-working hours was not a strike, but a message to the public that they do not believe their concerns are being addressed at the minimum-security prison.

50 YEARS — 1963

The Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart are withdrawing their administrative and spiritual services from the Champlain Valley Hospital as of July 1. The Grey Nuns founded the hospital in 1910, and have provided services in both the hospital and nursing school ever since, although it is a nonsectarian hospital.

The Ellenburg Kiwanis Club has obtained 450 signatures in an effort to keep the Ellenburg State Police substation in existence — and petitions are still being circulated. The club is working against a Feb. 23 deadline, at which time the substation lease expires.

State Sen. Robert C. McEwan is attempting to incorporate a Lake Champlain bridge and a new North Country superhighway into the federal Interstate Highway System. The superhighway would extend east and west across the northern part of the state, connecting Ogdensburg with Rouses Point.

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