25 YEARS AGO -- 1983

A tornado touched down several times between Peru and Port Kent with the most severe damage being done in Keeseville. The village had no power or telephone service and a temporary state of emergency was declared.

Nine government employees will lose their jobs and 15 others face grade and pay reductions as the General Services Administration makes staff cuts at all Ports of Entry from Rouses Point to Ogdensburg.

Clinton Community Collage officials trim more than eight positions from their proposed $4.1 million 1983-84 budget in an attempt to control escalating costs.

Operator-assisted telephone service is slow in the North Country, but the four-day-old nationwide strike by 700,000 Communication Workers of America is having relatively little effect on telephone customers in the region.

50 YEARS AGO -- 1958

With contractors and union negotiators still deadlocked, the statewide ironworkers strike continues. Projects throughout New York state and Clinton County are slowly grinding to a construction halt. The strike ends at the end of the week.

For the first time in the history of Clinton County, the Board of Supervisors has a woman member. She is Hazel LaBarre of Ellenburg Depot who has been appointed to fill an interim term, replacing her husband, Bruce, who is recovering from injuries received in an automobile accident two weeks ago.

Champlain Valley School of Nursing enrolls its largest class in five years. There will be either 29 or 30 freshmen. That's the largest class the school has had since 1953.

City officials apparently do not agree that Plattsburgh needs a more adequate jail facility. A report by the State Commission of Corrections recommends a more adequate jail.

75 YEARS AGO -- 1933

According to reports from Montreal, bootleggers who formerly reaped a harvest from liquor and beer traffic are now turning their attention to smuggling into Canada sugar and other American commodities on which there is a high tariff in the dominion.

Four miles of the Whiteface Mountain road are now completed, and the bed for the remaining five miles is done, but actual surfacing of that road extends only a short distance from the toll house.

Fire of undetermined origin destroys the five-story Oakland Grove Hotel on the east shore of Lake George with an estimated loss of $50,000 and caused heavy damage to a nearby boat-construction building and its contents.

Malone Lodge, Loyal Order of Moose, celebrate the burning of their mortgage. The building was known as the Knapp building.

100 YEARS AGO -- 1908

For several days water has been so low in the Saranac River that none of the manufacturing establishments in or near Plattsburgh have been able to run. The cause is the shutting off of all water from the South Branch of the Saranac by owners of some of the powers on that branch.

One of the worst thunderstorms which has visited the section in years rages in West Chazy for several hours and resulted in the destruction of a barn, its contents and three horses. It was on the farm of Rudolph Slosson.

Clarence Shutts of Chateaugay and T.B. Humphery of Churubusco are fitting up a grist mill at Churubusco and expect soon to have it in running order. It will be located in the Valley Spring Creamery building.

John Davison, an employee of Plattsburgh Light, Heat and Power Co. at their Indian Rapids power house, is painfully burned while dusting a switchboard.

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