Lookback: Week of May 4 to May 11

PRESS-REPUBLICAN ARCHIVESAlpha Epsilon Phi raised money for Cystic Fibrosis research by holding a Twister contest at Plattsburgh State University College. About 60 people participated, with another 50 watching and supporting. Teams of four entered for $32 and received t-shirts. The sorority plans to make the Twister fundraiser a yearly event. (1990)

25 YEARS AGO — 1990

• The Commission on the Adirondacks in the 21st Century had endorsed an aggressive program of wilderness and open-space preservation through the use of conservation easements, land acquisition and the purchase of development rights. The commission concludes that an increase in personal wealth has led to an “explosion” of second-home and condominium developments in the mountains.

• An investigation will soon be under way into possible hazardous waste buried at the old Ticonderoga landfill in Chilson. The site has not been used in 30 years, but carcinogenic PCB oil waste from a metal salvage business had been dumped at the site. A State Department of Environmental Conversation investigation will assess the risk at the site and suggest whether further study or cleanup efforts are needed.

• Kazauki Suzuki, a freshman hotel and restaurant management student who came to Paul Smith’s College from Nagano, Japan, recently spoke about the differences between the American and Japanese societies in professor Sunny Oey’s Non-Western Cultures class. Though noting differences, Suzuki said many aspects of the culture are similar to American life. McDonald’s and 7-11 stores now dot the land, and the sounds of Bon Jovi and the B-52s fill the air in Japan.

50 YEARS AGO — 1965

• Two fraternities and a sorority of Plattsburgh State University College will move into their first official houses next fall. The homes will border on the college campus. The move, given the impetus by Leroy Piccard, dean of men, marks a first for the Greek letter societies on the campus. “We’ll be living under the same rules that apply in other college housing,” Delta Kappa President Alvie Kinch said.

• A teenage political club came into being under the aegis of the Peru Democratic Club. Membership is open to youngsters aged 13 to 20, according to Stanley Hughes, president of the parent club. “There has been a great amount of interest shown by the under-voting-age citizens in our town. The group’s activities will be under the parent club’s supervision. We plan various programs to give them an insight into government at all levels,” he said.

• Clinton County’s apple trees are budding but the blooms will be a little late this year, thanks to nippy early season weather. According to Frank McNicholas, associate county agricultural agent, the trees won’t start taking on their colorful hues until late this month. But the 1965 harvest outlook is good, and orchardists should produce as many apples as last year.

75 YEARS AGO — 1940

• With the wholehearted support of the various City of Plattsburgh departments, the Chamber of Commerce Clean-Up Committee’s campaign has been launched to galvanize into action the residents of the city to “Clean up, Paint-up and Fix-up.” Attention is called especially to vacant lots that are perennial eye-sores when they become neglected. With the city making provisions for the collection of rubbish, an effort to improve the condition of these spots should be made.

• The 14th-annual observance of National Music Week, held in Plattsburgh under the auspices of the Plattsburgh State Normal School, terminated when the fifth program of the five-day schedule presented more than 300 instrumentalists in the orchestra day feature. As was the case in the four preceding programs, yesterday’s was an outstanding one in which the participants did effective work and showed much preparation in their respective selections, which ranged through the works of various masters.

• Workers who wish to check the accuracy of their Social Security accounts for Old-Age and Survivors Insurance or those past 65 who wish to file a claim for insurance payments do not need to pay anyone to assist them, John E. Clute, manager of the Social Security Field Office in Plattsburgh, pointed out recently. He said that the procedures established by the Social Security Board furnish employees with every assistance in checking their accounts and in filing claims for insurance payments.

100 YEARS AGO — 1915

• Miss Stella Brunell of Cadyville had an experience on Saturday that she will not soon forget. The young lady had gone into the woods about half a mile from her home when her attention was attracted by an unusual noise a short distance away and moving in her direction. Thoroughly frightened, she started to run in the direction of her home and was followed at a lively pace by a bear. Fear gave her added speed as she turned into the gate at her home. The animal, evidently realizing that she had succeeded in escaping him, turned and re-entered the woods.

• Chief of Police Senecal has in his possession a bicycle that was found hidden under a lumber pile in the yards of the Plattsburgh Lumber Company. The machine had been under the lumber for some time as it is considerably rusted. The wheel had been stolen and hidden by the thief, and the chief is now looking for the owner.

• The first shipment of horses destined for the use of the English army in the present European war arrived in Plattsburgh recently and was taken to the fairgrounds, where J.I. Olivetti had everything in readiness awaiting their arrival. The shipment is made up entirely of draft horses for the artillery branch of the service. When they reach England, they will be given the work of hauling the field artillery to points where it will be put into action against the enemy. 

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