Lookback: Week of Sept. 16 to Sept. 23

PRESS-REPUBLICAN ARCHIVESStudents from St. Augustine’s School Pre-K and kindergarten classes wave to the crowd lining Main Street during the parade kicking off Peru’s Applefest weekend.

25 YEARS AGO — 1994

• A proposed 20,000-square-foot development at the corner of Tom Miller Road and Military Turnpike has raised concerns among neighbors. Developers Scott and Barry O’Brien are proposing to build a strip plaza and a 14-lot subdivision on a four-acre parcel on the northwest side of Military Turnpike. The plaza would include a beauty parlor, a restaurant, a video store and a convenience store. But residents have voiced some concern about how the project might affect drainage, crime and traffic in the area.

• What started out as an educational hike up a mountain turned into a high-flying experience for a 12-year-old girl Wednesday. Once at the top of Lyon Mountain, Jessica LaBarge, 12, began having severe stomach cramps and her legs went numb. Ellenburg Center Fire Chief Danny Barcomb radioed for North Country Life Flight for help. As the group waited for the chopper, they cleared a circle on flat ground for the landing. LaBarge was airlifted to CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh where she was treated and released.

• About 200 deaf people attended the North Country Deaf Fall Festival in Lake Placid recently. They attended workshops and took time to learn more about new technologies available to them. Most importantly, they met friends — old and new — who share their own distinct culture. “The North Country is so diverse that in many instances, deaf adults and deaf children may live a block away from one another and don’t even know it,” said Avery Munger, coordinator of Deaf Services for the North Country Center for Independence.

50 YEARS AGO — 1969

• Local reaction was mixed regarding a proposal to compress the 12-year educational system to nine years. The proposal has been made by Lt. Gov. Malcolm Wilson. Joseph Cox, a high-school counselor in Plattsburgh, questioned the maturity of the average 15 or 16-year-old who would be entering college under the proposal. “I don’t think there are many 15-year-olds ready for college. I would say this is asking an awful lot.” One person with a differing view was Dr. James Johnson of the department of psychology at PSUC. “Students say that they perform better when they can see the relationship of their current activities in future demand,” Johnson said. “The current proposal will allow them an opportunity to prove their point.”

• More than 25 students will begin work this week on the first undergraduate “black studies” course to be offered by Plattsburgh State University College. Dr. Eugene Link, history professor in the social sciences department, will teach the three-credit hour course called “The Social History of the Afro-American.” The course will deal with accomplishments by black men in the arts, the professions and in politics through the current “era of militancy,” Link said. The fact that he is white did not disqualify Dr. Link from teaching the course. He said he met with the Black Onyx Society, which represents the approximately 25 black students at the college, and that they worked out the course together.

• A new Plattsburgh interfaith organization whose membership is open to Catholics, Protestants and Jews will come into being soon. It is called the Clinton County Association of Churches.” The Rev. Dr. Robert A. Klein, pastor of Plattsburgh First United Methodist Church, is president of the new association. Msgr. Robert A. Farmer of St. John’s Church said he looked forward to the new association for the very reason it will permit clergymen to discuss theological issues together.

75 YEARS AGO — 1944

• A 42-inch snake, as yet unidentified but thought to be a foreign species, and probably a viper, was killed here yesterday afternoon shortly after it was discovered under most unusual circumstances. Mrs. Henry Garneau resides at 97 Boynton Avenue. Shortly after noon, she came out on the porch to see about mail. She was about to raise the lid of her mailbox when she noticed the snake, which had wound itself around three of the mailboxes. The frightened woman summoned workmen from the Baker-Fairchild Lumber Co. yard across the street. Basil Duquette led the attack and killed the invader with a shovel.

• A flaming meteor turned the western skies like day shortly before 10 last evening and it attracted the attention of a number of persons, especially motorists to the north of the city. Several telephone calls were received at the office of the Press-Republican relative to the phenomena. The sight turned the western skies into a bright blue.

• Dr. Charles C. Ward, president of the Plattsburgh State Teachers college, announces that an affiliation will be established with the Physicians hospital in connection with the U.S. cadet nurse corps program. Clinical experience in medicine, surgery, diet therapy, operating room technique and obstetrics will be given to a group of the nurse cadets.

• If you did not bury your straw hat yesterday, you must only grin and bear the consequences of such a breach of seasonal etiquette, today.

• Courtesy on the part of the autmobilist towards their less fortunate friends who are forced to walk appears to be one of the bright spots in the character of people in this locality.

• The signs and green-painted posts work of the Chamber of Commerce are a great help to motorists to find their way into the city.

— Compiled by Night Editor Ben Rowe

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