Lookback: Week of Oct. 13 to Oct. 20

The Kitchen Band entertains at a meeting of the Enlisted Spouses Club at Plattsburgh Air Force Base. Kids showed just how much they enjoyed the music. The Kitchen Band’s Josie Speare received a letter from President George Bush after she wrote to him about the generosity and kindness of the local children. (1989)

25 YEARS AGO — 1989

• Lake Placid is preparing to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Olympic Games held in the Adirondack Village. On hand to kick off the commemoration announcement was Mike Eruzione, captain of the 1980 Olympic Hockey team that won in a memorable match against the Soviets. Among the events being planned are fireworks, pin trading, figure skating, freestyle aerial skiing and a non-medal competition pitting the U.S. and Soviet bobsledding teams.

• A trip to the Soviet Union is the next plan for the YMCA group Y Kids Want Peace. The children in the group hosted Soviet children in their homes this summer — the first YMCA in the United States to do, group founder Linda Ward said. A trip to Russia is planned for the children in the YMCA program to see their foreign friends again. Each child who wishes to be considered for the trip is encouraged to attend Russian language classes that will be taught at Plattsburgh Middle School for a small charge.

• MTV — the network Moms and Dads love to hate — is asking the North Country’s die-hard, dyed-in-the-wool, TV trivia dweebs to power down their sets just long enough to compete for a contestant spot on “Remote Control,” the network’s game show/sit-com spoof. The network will conduct a “Remote Control” talent search in Room 200 of Plattsburgh State University College’s Yokum Hall with the winner traveling to New York to compete in the televised studio version of the popular show.

50 YEARS AGO — 1964

• One person was injured and two cars damaged when a tractor trailer truck carrying 800 boxes of apples overturned on Main Street in Port Henry. Traffic was rerouted for three hours while the apples were removed from the street. Every kid in Port Henry got an apple, an investigating officer said.

• North Country residents spent a warm day outdoors Thursday as they shed the heavy clothing brought out just weeks ago. To the many residents of Plattsburgh and surrounding areas, it was a typical Indian Summer day as temperatures soared into the 70s. Whiteface Mountain weather bureau reported a very warm and pleasant day with temperatures at the summit reportedly hitting a high of 54 degrees.

• John Ciardi, the poetry editor of “Saturday Review,” will be guest speaker at Plattsburgh State University College. The program is open to the public and will be held at Hawkins Hall. Ciardi, who is also director of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, has received several poetry awards for his own work and has appeared on national television to discuss the work of others. 

75 YEARS AGO — 1939

• Local residents were greeted with a mild earthquake which succeeded in spilling the breakfast coffee but otherwise did no damage. Many reported that dishes rattled merrily and chandeliers swung to and front. Many people were ignorant of the quake, which is believed to have originated somewhere northeast of Boston. Others, just arising, may have thought it was a touch of dizziness due to the night before. 

• An announcement was made by Col. James I. Muir, commanding the 26th infantry, that a regimental parade would be held at the Plattsburgh Barracks in commemoration of the 21st anniversary of the entry of the 1st division into the battle line in France during the World War. 

• Four hundred and fifty interested fathers, mothers, friends and relatives attending the public inspection of the new additions, improvements and modern-day methods of education at the Plattsburgh High School proved beyond a doubt that the adult public is interested in the education of youth. The French class, the Science Laboratory, the Industrial Arts, the Department of Home Economics, the library, the business class and in fact every department came in for its share of attention.

100 YEARS AGO — 1914

• The results show that voters in Plattsburgh are not taking the interest in the election which is usual when a state ticket is to be elected. Though the previous election was held in an “off year,” the registration in this city was larger by 63 than it was this year. Only the first and fourth wards showed slight gains, while overall registration was nearly 300 below the registration of two years ago. 

• Lawrence Gebo, 14 years old, of Port Henry, is minus three fingers and the thumb of his left hand as the result of the explosion of a dynamite cap. It is said that one of his schoolmates at St. Joseph’s convent gave young Gebo the cap and that Gebo placed it on his penholder. Striking the cap against the desk caused it to explode, inflicting serious injuries on the youth.

• According to figures in the assessment roll, the total value of the property in the city of Plattsburgh is placed at $5,835,621 and, of this amount, $2,178,250 is wholly or partially exempt from taxation. Exempt property includes the Plattsburgh Barracks, county buildings, the schools and the city waterworks system. 

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Ben Rowe

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