Lookback: Week of Nov. 4 to Nov. 11

PRESS-REPUBLICAN ARCHIVESTheresa Staubitz of Ticonderoga positions a radial arm saw while building a cabinet as part of the building trades classes at the Mineville BOCES Center. (1994) 

25 YEARS AGO — 1994

• Eddie Cumber grew up in Ausable Forks. Today, at 19, he feels the community did not do much to help him develop as a youth.

Cumber is one of several young people known to congregate along main Street at night.

The groups have created some controversy with loud noise and traffic disturbances, but Cumber says the youths are not being destructive. “If we had some things to do, we probably wouldn’t be (at the gazebo),” added Ricky Taylor, 17.

For instance, Taylor said there used to be a bicycle jump in the parking lot near the gazebo that kept kids busy.

• The first Petro-Canada gas station ever built in the United States is currently under construction near the intersection of Route 11 and I-87. Petro-Canada’s Champlain location is expected to be the first of eight to 10 stations the Alberta-based firm plans to build along the U.S. border.

The company’s entry into the U.S. market is due largely to the efforts of Plattsburgh resident Michael Tobin.

The new Petro-Canada station will be on Tobin’s property, which includes Steamies Restaurant on the south side of Route 11.

• Environmental groups want to know more about Republican gubernatorial candidate George Pataki’s vision for the Adirondack Park.

And so do more local government officials and groups sympathetic to the rights of people who own property in the park.

The Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks, the Adirondack Council, the National Audubon Society and the Residents Committee to Protect the Adirondacks sent a list of five questions to both Gov. Mario Cuomo and Sen. Pataki.

Cuomo answered the questions but, despite repeated calls, Pataki so far has not.

50 YEARS AGO — 1969

• What was the reaction on the campus of PSUC to President Nixon’s latest speech on Vietnam?

The main reaction was one of disappointment.

Lisa McDonnell, Alan McGivigle, Nancy Brothers and Jeff Belodoff are all students at PSUC.

They got together to discuss their feelings about the speech.

“They must be fools to think that you can pull men out on a large scale without the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese not knowing it,” McGivigle said.

Brothers put it another way: “I think the most dangerous thing he did with that speech was to polarize opinion. He made the antiwar movement, and the people involved in it, feel left out and angry.”

• Enrollment at Clinton Community College may rise to 1,000 by 1975, the new chairman of the board of trustees said recently.

Richard J. Smith of Keeseville said this prediction is considered as the trustees prepare to return to the quest for a permanent campus site.

The college opened its doors at Bluff point in September to its first class.

The enrollment is 260, including freshmen and about 50 part-time students.

In 1970-71, the college will expand to full two-year, undergraduate operation.

The college leases the former Bellarmine Jesuit College at Bluff Point as the search for a permanent site continues.

• A parade this morning through downtown Plattsburgh will kick off “Honor America Week” in the city.

Mayor Francis D. Steltzer has proclaimed “the week of Nov. 10 through Nov. 16 as Honor America Week” and has requested residents to “so note this week by spiritual meditation for our past gifts from God, to participate in any observance and to fly our flag proudly.”

Today, Veterans Day, the American Legion, Gold Star Mothers and Veterans of Foreign Wars are sponsoring activities to show support of the president’s Vietnam policy and the “boys in Vietnam.

75 YEARS AGO — 1944

• In observance of Armistice Day, veterans organizations of the city, in cooperation with the officers and personnel of the Naval Training Station at Camp Macdonough, have planned a parade.

Participating groups will include the various units from the station, together with the Navy band, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Spanish War Veterans, Mount Assumption Institute band and drum and bugle corps, St. John’s Academy band and other civic and patriotic groups.

On the reviewing stand to review the parade will be Mayor Merritt Spear, city officials, representatives of the clergy of all the churches of the city as well as the heads of the local schools.

• Several weeks ago, the story about an unusual snake that was killed on Boynton Avenue after frightening a housewife collecting the mail attracted considerable attention.

Lloyd Benton of the PHS science department and Dr. John H. Rusterholtz of the science department at the Plattsburgh State Teachers’ College collaborated on a preliminary examination of the snake.

After a period during which the snake was exhibited to various science classes, the specimen was sent to the American Museum of Natural History for identification by its curators.

Yesterday, Dr. Rusterholtz received word from the curator that Charles M. Bogart, who described the reptile as a “small boa constrictor, scientifically known as a constrictor constrictor.”

Not infrequently, they are held as pets or shipped inadvertently with bananas or in other products originating in the American tropics.

• Persons in the various voting districts of Clinton County who have agreed to phone election returns are asked to note that, in calling in their returns, they should include the soldier and absentee ballots as well as the actual reading on their voting machines.

Three telephones, Plattsburgh 77-78 and 16, will be open to receive the results.

100 YEARS AGO — 1919

• In churches of every denomination throughout the district, the clergy has presented to churchgoers the necessity for continued moral support of the government and urged members of their respective congregations to continue the practice of thrift and investment of savings in Treasury Savings,

• Commencing this week, Plattsburgh Tent No. 274 of the Maccabees will hold a regular review, which will be followed by card games.

Both euchre and pinochle will be played. The games will be followed by refreshments.

The social innovation will be an awakening of the olden days and a good time in the old-fashioned way is assured. It will be easily recalled that a few years ago the Maccabees were among the leaders as merry makers among the lodge folk. Its members were privileged meeting after meeting to enjoy a regular jollification.

I• n order to give everybody an opportunity to join the Red Cross without inconvenience, arrangements have been made to have enrollment booths with workers in charge in five places in the “business section,” namely Jacques, Sharron’s and Barner’s Stores, the First National Bank and the Cumberland House.

— Compiled by Night Editor Ben Rowe

 

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