Lookback: Week of April 27 to May 4

Plattsburgh Police Detective David Favro looks over the 75 stolen bicycles the department has recovered during the past year. Favro suggests parents check to see if their children’s bicycles are missing and, if they are, to call him. Also, people who have reported their bikes missing during the past year can check to see if theirs are among them. (1990)

25 YEARS AGO — 1990

• A package of seven proposed resolutions aimed at improving the vitality and appearance of the downtown business district was recently introduced to the Plattsburgh Common Council. Most discussion centered on alderman William Berman’s proposal to hire a person who would keep downtown sidewalks, parking lots and parks clean. Some aldermen did not agree with Berman’s contention that downtown is dirty and trash ridden and praised the efforts of the Public Works Department.

• New York State Electric and Gas Corp. has entered into an agreement to negotiate a supply contract with a Canadian gas broker to provide natural gas to customers in seven communities along Lake Champlain from the Canadian border to Plattsburgh. NYSEG is looking to provide natural-gas service to the large industries, the industrial parks, the institutions and the commercial districts in these communities.

• A local law outlawing the dumping, storing, placing or incinerating of solid or liquid waste in the Town of Champlain has been adopted by the Champlain Town Board. The board voted to adopt the law after amending it to allow an individual to dispose of his own construction and demolition debris on his own property. A town resident who attended the public hearing on the measure praised it and said it would help preserve the environment and high quality of life in the Northern Tier.

50 YEARS AGO — 1965

• The Plattsburgh Common Council decided to answer a neighborhood petition by instant action: in this case, the installation of a traffic light on a trial basis. The light will go up at the intersection of Cornelia Street and Prospect Avenue as soon as the Municipal Lighting Department can obtain shipment. A petition containing 74 signatures had urged the installation of the light, though others have opposed it, saying it would be an added hazard rather than an accident preventative.

• For over two years, Joel Larocque has had the bug of the home radio world, filling his bedroom with amplifiers, condensers, frequency modulators and earphones. He and his cousin Dale Forgette, seventh-graders at Notre Dame School, hope someday to get into the electrical industry but, for the time being, are happy to fiddle around with their FCC-approved transmitter and practice on the citizens band.

• Dr. Stewart Tinsman, an instructor in the Columbia University Teachers College, urged local elementary school teachers to accept the burden of space-age education. Pointing to the three modern “explosions” in modern society, atomic, population and information, Tinsman said the need for change in elementary education practices is “a must” if we are going to meet “the unbelievable” of the future.

75 YEARS AGO — 1940

• The fourteenth annual observance of National Music Week opened with a program that was indicative of the high musical standards established in northern New York communities in recent years. It was band and drum and bugle corps day and the program met every expectation despite a level of uncertainty from threats of rain. The roll of the drums and the sound of the trumpets mingled with the marches of the ensembles to herald what will doubtless be remembered as the most outstanding National Music Week Plattsburgh has ever enjoyed.

• In one of the most auspicious openings seen in some time, with throngs of local and out-of-town shoppers amiably jostling and weaving about the counters and displays of merchandise, Montgomery Ward Company launched its new three-story retail store in Plattsburgh. Thousands of shoppers, from all districts of the county, kept the large sales staff of 125 clerks on the jump until closing time.

• Clinton County paid a total of $202,677.95 in motor vehicle and driver license fees during the year 1939, according to a report issued by Motor Vehicle Commissioner Carroll E. Mealey. During the year, 13,256 vehicles were registered in the county; 2,252 operator licenses were issued and 260 chauffeur licenses were issued. The total of vehicle registrations in the state last year was 2,749,135.

100 YEARS AGO — 1915

• For the first time in its existence, the streets of the village of North Bangor were electrically lighted when the “juice” was turned on from the plant of the Malone Light & Power Company. A representative of the company stated the village would be well lighted with a large incandescent light being suspended from every other street pole and a large central light being used in the business section.

• An interesting communication was received at the office recently: “Yesterday, while Messrs. Whitcomb and Farewell were fishing in Goldsmith Pond on the north branch of the Saranac, they hooked a landlocked salmon. The fish weighed eight pounds and seven ounces, measuring 16 inches in circumference and 29 inches in length. It was taken on a small trout spoon. This is the first landlocked salmon ever caught in these waters, according to the oldest fisherman here and attracted much attention."

• A rumor which has gained wide circulation is to the effect that passports are required of all travelers entering Canada. This is without foundation and the passenger agent of the D and H railroad has issued the following statement on the issue: “Access into Canada remains as heretofore and due provision has been made by the government of Canada to facilitate entry to the fullest possible extent and to impose no restrictions of any kind on tourist or business travel into or through Canada.”

— Compiled by Staff Writer Ben Rowe

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