November 11, 2013

Lookback: Nov. 11-17


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25 YEARS — 1988

An estimated 100 Saranac Lake public school teachers conduct an informational picket in Riverside Park across from town hall to address the lack of progress in contract negotiations. News of a tentative settlement last month gave the community the impression the labor dispute had been resolved, so the union crisis committee decided to become more public. 

The U.S. Border Patrol has issued six warnings to businesses located in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties for failing to comply with some provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Though the names of the businesses weren’t released, Ben Deluca, assistant chief patrol agent at the local U.S. Border Patrol sector headquarters in Swanton, Vt., said that Lake Placid, a big resort area with more service and tourist businesses, tends to offer the types of jobs that illegal aliens seek.

Malone’s second prison, Bare Hill Correctional Facility, will begin accepting inmates this week, which is expected to alleviate pressure on the state to accept inmates from county jails. The $55 million, 700-bed, medium security facility offers 394 jobs, with an annual operating budget of $15 million. 

The state outbid a group of Lake Placid businessmen for ownership of the Adirondack Railroad. The local group that wanted to reopen the 118.4-mile railroad as a tourist attraction was angry that tax dollars were used against them. The state’s plans for the tracks weren’t clear. 

50 YEARS — 1963

Frank Stevens, the newly elected Elizabethtown supervisor, said the decrease in the summer tourist trade is a North County problem. He said the reason behind the lack in tourists stems from the increase in automotive transportation, trailers and portable vacation homes. There are plans to revamp sections of Route 9 and to focus on winter sports as a tourism opportunity. 

Area residents are split on whether off-track betting on race horses should be legalized. Four area clergymen and two educators say no: They agree it would encourage people to try and get something from nothing, and they think earmarking part of the revenue for school systems has no redeeming value. Six area residents say yes: since on track-betting is legal, why not get tax revenue from off-track betting, which happens regardless of legality? 

Clinton County’s request for a $516,000 grant from the Federal Housing and Home Finance Agency has been turned down because the Accelerated Public Works Program has run out of funds. County supervisors said the grant would have created jobs and been beneficial to the economy. They wanted to build a new office building, but they’re holding out hope for further public works programs to be revealed in the future. 

75 YEARS — 1938

Two great friendly nations will have an international meeting when Adhemar Raynault, mayor of Montreal, will visit Plattsburgh and be entertained at the Witherill Hotel. He and his official staff will be guests of the Plattsburgh Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs, the Plattsburgh Chamber of Commerce and the Plattsburgh Discussion Club. According to the Committee for the completion of suitable event, plans call for a dinner with 150 guests followed by entertainment.

Postmaster Arthur Sharron of Plattsburgh wants the 125th anniversary of the Battle of Plattsburgh as the basis of a special stamp to commemorate the event. “Of course, I may be a wee bit prejudiced, but I know that this date will remain forever as a great day in Plattsburgh history and I have always felt that it should remain forever as a great day in the history of our nation,” Sharron wrote in a letter to the Postmaster General. 

The American Legion and its auxiliaries in Clinton and Essex counties celebrate Armistice Day in the most elaborate manner ever attempted in Northern New York. Hundreds of Legionnaires and their friends will travel to the AuSable Forks celebration to take part in the days events, which include church services, a parade featuring two champion drum majorettes and the uniform of a colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War, speakers in the high school auditorium, and a banquet in the cafeteria. 

100 YEARS — 1913

Mrs. G. F. Tuttle and Mrs. G. M. Lobdell traveled to Watertown to represent the Saranac Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at the state convention. They reported an enjoyable meeting, and said that Plattsburgh may entertain the convention of this organization in the coming year, in connection with the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Plattsburgh. Plattsburgh would be honored to entertain this patriotic society, especially while also celebrating a great victory in American history. 

With 20 new soldier members, the YMCA rooms are becoming a favorite place for enlisted men from the Post to enjoy the privileges of the association during the afternoon and evening. The YMCA is organizing a chess and checker club, and the first of a series of gymnastic work will be given by the physical director of the association. 

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Amy Heggen