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When the DeSorbo family of Boynton Avenue, Plattsburgh, has a project to do everyone gets in on the act. Here, Matthew, 8, and his parents, Frank and June, make quick work of a yard of leaves. (1983)

25 YEARS AGO -- 1983

Harris Corp. of Champlain says it will begin removing toxic chemical sludge from an illegal dump site in Chazy. The company will also drill test wells around the perimeter of the lagoon, owned by septic-tank cleaner Gerald Brault.

Clinton Community College, which has failed to pay two years of taxes on 75.7 acres of property in the Town of Plattsburgh, agrees to put the land up for sale. The land in question is known as the Alpert property in Cadyville on the southeast corner of the intersection of Route 3 and Goddeau Road.

Plattsburgh school and city officials celebrate the dedication of the footbridge across the Saranac River -- a 671-foot-long span that has been more than 20 years in the making.

Plattsburgh and its Crete Civic Center are being considered as a home for an all-American expansion team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

50 YEARS AGO -- 1958

The Plattsburgh School Board has won every provision it sought for the interim education of Plattsburgh Air Force Base children. The State Education Department has agreed to pay the City School System per pupil and for children in Capehart housing.

A Plattsburgh Air Force Base spokesman says inspections of Capehart housing units turned up a few discrepancies. Those should be cleared up so that families may move into the units next week.

A trade school that would afford opportunities to underprivileged children is visualized in Wilmington by Harold Fortune, nation chairman of Operation Toylift. He has donated a 22-acre plot of land on Whiteface Mountain for that purpose.

A request for installation of water and sewer lines and pavement on Mason Drive in the City of Plattsburgh is referred to the mayor and department heads for study.

75 YEARS AGO -- 1933

Joseph Cayea goes on trial in State Supreme Court in Plattsburgh for the alleged killing of Samuel Bradley, aged Cannon Corners farmer, on the night of Aug. 5. Cayea is one of a trio charged with first-degree murder.

The five-mile stretch of road between Honeymoore's Corners and Champlain is complete. It is a waterbound macadam road that is 16 feet wide.

James Swinton, about 35 years old, a brakeman on the Delaware and Hudson Railroad, is wounded by a stray bullet while switching cars in the railroad yard in Rouses Point. It is believed his jacket prevented his death.

Ryan and Sawyer, local contractors, start work on the excavation for the mess halls and kitchens to the company A and B buildings at Plattsburgh Barracks.

100 YEARS AGO -- 1908

An Essex County grand jury indicts "Gid" Perkins, William Croak, Lee Pepper, "Kobe" Taylor and Morgan Gregory for dynamiting the Moriah residence of George D. Sherman several months ago. Sherman, owner of Witherbee-Sherman mines, wasn't hurt, but his house was destroyed.

Timber dealers petition the State Department of Public Works to keep the Champlain Canal open until Dec. 1 so 40 boats loaded with lumber can pass. It is unlikely to happen.

Those who have been over the burned tracts in the Adirondacks since the forest fires of this fall report some sad sites, one being dead and dying deer with their hooves burned off.

The Lozier Manufacturing Co., incorporated for the purpose of assisting in the extension of the business of Lozier Motor Co. in Plattsburgh, is now ready to begin the project for which it was organized.

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