25 YEARS AGO — 1985

▶ The contract for the construction of the new Rouses Point Bridge is awarded to Cianbro Corp. of Pittsfield, Maine, in the amount of $20,756,760.90. Work will start June 1.

▶ An additional $800,000 in state and federal funding is committed for the development of Point au Roche State Park. This goes with a $875,000 state appropriation made last year that got the project off the ground.

▶ The Clinton County Health Department discovers 35 sodium-contaminated wells along a 4-mile stretch of Route 3 between Cadyville and Saranac. Road salt is pinpointed as the source of the contamination.

▶ Legislation appropriating $500,000 for a Northway emergency telephone system will be introduced by Sen. Ronald B. Stafford of Plattsburgh. His past efforts to renew the phones has been thwarted.

50 YEARS AGO — 1960

▶ Nearly 1,000 employees of Republic Steel Corp. in the northeast area are affected by curtailment of working hours from a five-day to four-day work week. It affects 269 workmen at the Lyon Mountain operation and about 700 in the Port Henry District.

▶ The body of Randy Facteau, 3, of Riverside Avenue, who drowned in the Saranac River Dec. 21, is found in Lake Champlain. It was found near the airmen's beach at Plattsburgh Air Force Base. He had been the subject of several searches.

▶ With a view to establish a two-doctor medical center in Champlain, a campaign has been started to raise $45,000. The medical center would serve Champlain, Rouses Point and Mooers.

E Plattsburgh's indecent-attire ban will be enforced again this year. The police chief says the city's "short-shorts law" requires everyone to be covered between the armpits to a point halfway between the hip joint and the knee.

75 YEARS AGO — 1935

▶ Lt. Charles Morhouse, 33, assistant surgeon at Plattsburgh Barracks who was believed fatally wounded by Pvt. Cy Celdom, is now expected to recover. Celdom has been taken to an Army hospital in New York City for observation. Morhouse is a native of Ticonderoga.

E The Clinton County Board of Supervisors decides that county prisoners will be put to work at the county quarry on Beekmantown Road. They will be under the supervision of the county highway superintendent.

▶ American Legion Post 20 of Plattsburgh makes the payment in full on the Smith M. Weed mansion on Cumberland Avenue. The next meeting of the post will be at its new home.

▶ A 24-ounce daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Martin of Malone, born at Alice Hyde Hospital, is apparently holding her own in the struggle for life.

100 YEARS AGO — 1910

▶ Persons who contemplate providing memorials to relatives or friends at the new Champlain Valley Hospital must make their intentions known without loss of time as there are only three rooms in the institution not already provided for and the formal opening of the hospital is now close at hand.

▶ The businessmen of Crown Point, Factoryville and Crown Point Center get together and organize a Board of Trade for the purpose of advancing the town's interest.

E After hours of suffering, Bernadette, 5-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Burdeau, residing at 15 Lafayette St., Plattsburgh, dies from strychnine poisoning, the little one having eaten a quantity of the deadly tablets which she found while playing.

▶ Baby carriages and go-carts will be the only vehicles allowed on the sidewalks of Saranac Lake this summer.

— Compiled by Contributing Writer Sue Botsford, who can be reached at 834-7201 or suebotsford@hotmail.com

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