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Posted: Monday, November 25, 2013 2:28 am

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.

Ten-year-old Dale Trombly of Plattsburgh thought his letter sent two weeks ago to John F. Kennedy would go unanswered, but he received  a signed photo of the President and his family and a note from Evelyn Lincoln, Kennedy’s personal secretary, that said the President was glad of his interest, but didn’t have time to answer all of Dale’s questions. His lengthy letter asked the President about Washington and his opinion on when the Russians would get to the moon. 

SUNY Plattsburgh rented 11 homes in the area of its proposed Broad Street expansion in an effort to get the owners out of a financial bind. The dwellings are being used for offices, classrooms and residences. The college announced several months ago its intention to start buying up land to make way for a central heating plant. 

75 YEARS — 1938

About sixty prominent citizens of the city and vicinity attended a banquet at Witherill Hotel to launch a campaign for funds, which will mark one of the most intensive drives for the Salvation Army in this area. Money will be used to supply machines for a manual training shop to give boys the chance to acquire employable skills. 

Mail carriers in Plattsburgh joined the fight against tuberculosis by delivering 1,500 letters, each containing Christmas Seals. Postal employees have a special interest in this year’s Christmas Seals, as they feature the picture of Einar Holboell, a Danish postal clerk who invented the idea of selling an extra stamp to raise funds for anti-tuberculosis work. 

The Champlain Transportation Company, the oldest operating steam-ship line in the world, announced that it terminated the season’s run between Port Kent and Burlington, Vt., though the Cumberland Head ferry will continue to operate until weather prohibits. The general manager said that travel fell 3 percent on both routes from last year, and the decrease could be attributed to slowing tourist traffic rather than the bridges spanning Lake Champlain. 

100 YEARS — 1913

Many Plattsburgh men are now holding excellent civil service positions, and their jobs aren’t disturbed by changes in administration. Examinations will be held during the next two months for civil service jobs and good salaries are given to successful candidates. A young man can find no better paying or more permanent employment than in the federal service.  The commission announced that it had difficulty finding male candidates to take the examination for stenographer and typewriter, which promises an entrance salary of $840 to $900 a year. 

Vandalism in Riverside Cemetery in Plattsburgh is considered to be one of the worst examples of vandalism in the city as the monument may not be repairable. A $6,000 newly-erected Sherman-Carter memorial was defaced, presumably by blows from a cobble stone. Police measured the footprints that were found near the monument  and a diligent search for the culprit continues. The Riverside Cemetery Association plans to make an example of the offender. 

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Amy Heggen