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Press-Republican Archives A state-mandated closure of the sludge lagoons off Harvey Road in Altona is underway now that the city Compost Plant is at work. In 1984, Department of Environmental Conservation tests revealed several potentially harmful chemicals in discharge from the lagoons, though the chemicals were in small concentrations. (1989)

25 YEARS — 1989

• More than 600 people from both the North Country and Quebec squeezed into Plattsburgh High School’s auditorium to tell a state commission that it was making a mistake considering Clinton County as a possible site for the state’s low-level radioactive waste dump. The panel for the public hearing, appointed by Gov. Mario Cuomo, identified a 104-square-mile tract in Altona as one of 10 options considered for the dump. People were skeptical about the idea and concerned about the long-term health effects of possible leaks. 

• Downtown Plattsburgh received a $300,000 grant from the state’s Urban Development Corp in an effort to boost economic activity. The money will be used to refurbish 40 storefronts, including doors, windows and other exteriors. The city will invest $105,000 in street and sidewalk improvements to Margaret Street. The goal is to encourage new commercial and residential development of the city, according to Daniel Malone, the Plattsburgh Community Development director.

• A currency-exchange and information center that made it’s debut along the Northway, just off the Champlain exit, has been a success. The center and souvenir shop was a joint venture of the Rouses Point-Champlain Northern Tier Chamber of Commerce and Ammex Warehouse Co. Inc., a division of Duty Free International. A second center is planned for the southbound lane, to open in the spring. 

50 YEARS — 1964

• Though Plattsburgh has four times as many burglaries and three times the number of drunks it had 10 years ago, the city’s juvenile crime has dropped and so have complaints of stolen bicycles, city police figures revealed this week. The figures also show the police have become more active during this time period, with more arrests and patrol cars clocking 122,417 miles last year compared with 52,525 miles ten years ago. 

• For girls who can’t afford four years of college, a secretarial course at Our Lady Victory Secretarial School can increase chances for employment. All students who have taken the one-year course at the secretarial school, not part of OLVA High School, have found jobs. Classes include typing, shorthand, business English, business math and accounting. 

• Plattsburgh’s present post office at Margaret and Brinkerhoff streets is to become a federal office building when the new post office on Miller Street is complete in February. The cost for the modern, general-purpose office building plan hasn’t been revealed, but the work will be done with whatever funds Congress appropriates. 

• State Power Authority chairman James A. FitzPatrick of Plattsburgh urged his hometown to retain as much of the military as possible but warned against being overly dependent on the Plattsburgh Air Force Base as an economic crutch. He recommended attracting new industry and diversifying the economy. “We are faced with rumblings from Washington, which affect the future of the Air Base,” Fitzpatrick said. 

75 YEARS — 1938

• The Plattsburgh Ice Company will begin its annual harvest of about 12,000 tons of ice from Cumberland Bay. Now about 11 inches thick, the ice will take about three weeks to harvest and will be hauled by trucks to the ice house, instead of the usual horse-drawn sleigh, unless snow makes the use of trucks impossible. The process will employ 50 to 60 men. 

• Dairymen of Ellenburg Center have formed and incorporated a cooperative association and started to build a farmer-owned milk plant. The one-story structure is being built by Peter Biando of Malone with cement blocks from the Malone Concrete Products Company. It’s expected that 50,000 pounds of milk will be handled daily by the plant, which will be ready for operation in April. 

• The Plattsburgh National Youth Administration, now with 46 youths active in the vocational program, is sponsoring a series of 10 health talks that are intended not just for the youths but for other organizations in the community as well. The programs have been successful in other districts and they will also be conducted in Malone, Hogansburg and Ticonderoga. Topics include diet, public health nursing, contagious diseases, sanitation, and the prevention and care of tuberculosis.. 

100 YEARS — 1914

• The Epworth league of the Methodist church is holding a social. The young people of Peru are coming for a sleigh ride and to enjoy a pleasant evening in the church parlors.

• Invitations have been issued for a reception and dance at the Witherill House, extended by the officers and ladies of Plattsburgh Barracks to townspeople. 

• John McCusker of Valcour paid a fine of $10 in city court on the charge of being drunk and disorderly, the second offense in the past two days. He solemnly promised to never appear again in city court under a similar charge. 

• David Latour, who lives in the vicinity of the South Catherine Street bridge, was placed under arrest by government officials on a charge of white slavery. He was placed in the county jail in lieu of $1,000 bail. 

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Amy Heggen