Lookback: Week of Jan. 13 to 20

PRESS-REPUBLICAN ARCHIVESZachary Smart, 9, of Plattsburgh, gets a tow in the warm weather this weekend from his dog, Harley. With a high of 61 degrees Sunday and more rain, it is unlikely any snow will remain this week for sledding or any other winter activity. (1995)

25 YEARS AGO — 1995

• The Air Base reuse plan to be publicly unveiled next week focuses on creating a transportation hub near the runway and tourist-type draws on the Old Base. Fred Jarvis, president of LDR International, the firm hired to create the reuse plan, said the base’s flightline figures prominently in the base’s redevelopment success. While job creation and economic development are the overall goals of the plan, interconnecting the transportation systems could be a key factor in that effort. “We want to capitalize on the intermodal potential of the rail, airfield and highway,” Jarvis said.

• Get me 101 dalmatians — who can skate. A tough order. But Lake Placid scrounged some up, 65 anyway, for Walt Disney’s “Nancy Kerrigan Special” under production this past week in Lake Placid. The Lake Placid Skating Club supplied skating pups, in the form of local kids ages 3 to 10. Their part was to whine, wiggle and cower from Kerrigan, who plays the very nasty Cruella De Vil in a number from the one-hour special to air on CBS in February. Five-year-old Jana Hudak said she knew Kerrigan from the Olympics. She wasn’t nervous and planned to skate not quite as fast as she usually did to appear puppy-like.

• The catchy “I Love New York” tourism campaign of the 1970s and 1980s is back, but in an updated form for the computer generation. A 12-minute film now being shot in parts of the Adirondacks will feature a family who discovers the beauty of New York via the Internet. Visions of the Adirondacks, New York City, Finger Lakes and other scenic areas across the state will explode on a computer screen, enticing the family to make their vacation plans in New York State. Some Adirondack scenes that were shot for the film are snowboarders at Whiteface Mountain, horse-drawn sleds from the XTC Ranch in Lake Placid and Saranac Lake’s Winter Carnival Ice Palace.

50 YEARS AGO — 1970

• The Air Force has approved a proposal to turn over the 1838 barracks building on the old air base for conversion into a museum. There is at least one stipulation: the transfer is to be on a lease running a maximum of 50 years. In making the announcement, Col. Charles D. Gunn, the base commander, said the Air Force would also insist that the receiving agency must “demonstrate its ability to protect and maintain the property… Operation of the museum must not negate base security.”

• An attempt to set the North End Beach Complex as the site for the Crete Memorial Civic Center was buried by a 4-2 Common Council vote last week. Alderman John Ianelli offered a resolution establishing the beach center as the site of the complex. W. Barry Branon seconded the motion. Ianelli said he has discussed the civic center matter with many people lately and the consensus of opinion is that a site must be chosen. The roll call found only Branon and Ianelli voting for the resolution.

• The Valcour Island Committee may have an acceptable alternative for recreational development to offer the Thousand Islands Park Commission at their next meeting. Wayne H. Byrne, president of M.P. Myers & Co., told the Press-Republican of a tentative solution to the Valcour Island controversy which would substitute the St. Armand’s Beach area for the development presently proposed for the island. “St. Armand’s and its associated acreage lends itself to a potential of camping sites, picnic and marina areas — all the elements the commission is looking for on Valcour,” he said. It is much more accessible than Valcour to a larger number of people, because of its location just off the highway.

75 YEARS AGO — 1945

• The housing situation in Plattsburgh continues to be a matter for much concern, it was stressed recently at the Chamber of Commerce office. There has been a limited amount of response to previous appeals for rooms and apartments, but the supply continues far too short to meet the increasing demands. Almost daily, the station complement of the newly created AAF Convalescent Hospital is being increased by new arrivals. Many arrive with their wives and children, only to find a dire lack of accommodations.

• The harvesting of ice from Cumberland Bay and storage to meet the community’s needs during the coming summer is well underway, it was announced last night by Leland Logan of the Plattsburgh Ice Co. The company has opened a wide tract of surface on Cumberland Bay at a point about 1,000 feet from shore and opposite the municipal beach. At present, there are 16 workmen occupied and four trucks are being used to haul the cakes to the company’s storage houses near Scomotion creek. The harvest operations took a new departure this year with the inclusion of a gas-motored elevator that takes the cakes from the water and loads them on trucks.

• The Plattsburgh Community Concert Association opened its 1944-’45 season last evening at the State Teachers College with a presentation of “The Marriage of Figaro” in English by the Nine O’Clock Opera Co. The opera was enthusiastically received by a capacity audience made up of citizens of Plattsburgh, students of the college and a number of servicemen and servicewomen just recently arrived at the convalescent hospital.

100 YEARS AGO — 1920

• Workmen were busy Wednesday in filling out the ice road from Plattsburgh to Grand Isle. The road will run from the rear of the American Condensor Co.’s plant, across the bay to Cumberland Head, then across the lake to Grand Isle. The road will be marked by a line of cedars set about 200 years apart.

• A man giving his name as White and his home as Saranac Lake was arrested by Deputy Collector of Customs Ernest Ryan at Mooers, at about 2 a.m. last night, while driving an automobile from Canada, in which were 19 cases of alleged Canadian whiskey. While returning from Canada, the automobile is reported to have broken down, and the man fell into the hands of the Customs authorities.

• Another new industry is one of the probabilities for Plattsburgh within the next few weeks, the plans having been practically completed for a branch factory of the National Tape Company of New York City to locate here. J.M. Bauchier of New York, the representative of the company, recently paid a visit to Plattsburgh for the purpose of looking over the plant and ascertaining the adaptability of the building.

 — Compiled by Night Editor Ben Rowe

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