Review: Week of August 2 to August 9 | New

50 YEARS AGO — 1972

• A proposed $1.1 million bridge bond issue could appear on the City of Plattsburgh ballot in next November’s election. City Council on Thursday formally accepted a feasibility study on building a bridge connecting Wards 1 and 2 across the Saranac River and repairing the South Catherine Street Bridge. Ward 1 Alderman Robert Burke stressed his reluctance to delay action on the plan whether or not federal funds are forthcoming. The proposed bridge would consist of two spans, each with a terminus on an island in the river.

• The creation of the Adirondack Park Agency by New York State was cited Monday by the President’s Council on Environmental Quality as an example of “growing commitment” by many states to “preserve and enhance the environment “. This was the council’s third annual report under the Nixon administration on environmental quality. Contacted by the Press-Republican, Richard Lawrence of Elizabethtown, president of the Adirondack Park Agency, noted that he was “surprised and delighted” to learn that the Adirondack Park Agency was cited by the President’s Council. The council explained, in its report, that the Adirondacks Park Agency “is responsible for ensuring that all public and private land uses in areas of the park will be compatible with the environment.” Lawrence said he recently met with local government officials in cities and towns in the Adirondack Park region to try to develop a private land plan, phase two of the agency’s master plan.

• Discussions about reviving the 1964 Pigeon Ordinance were mooted at City Hall last week when a letter calling for the ordinance to be enforced was read at the City Council meeting. The letter, from Mrs. Helen Mehan of 21 MacDonough Street, sought enforcement of the 1964 ordinance because pigeons had allegedly caused root damage in the McDonough and Hamilton streets area. Council referred the letter to the public works department. Carl Parsons, foreman of the beautification department, said Monday that there were indeed many pigeons in this area as well as in many other parts of the city. Parsons, who with the hired loft from Syracuse trapped many birds in May 1964, remembered that year when the issue of pigeons became quite controversial. He noted that the city hired Henry Andrews of Nationwide Pigeon Removal Co. to rid the city of pigeons under that 1964 ordinance. “He trapped over 800 birds in two weeks,” Parsons said. But when Andrews left the area, he left his traps with the city so the city could continue the pigeon war, Parsons said.

75 YEARS AGO — 1947

• Skippy, a German police dog owned by Gordon Bushey of Lyon Mountain, was found Monday in an old abandoned mine shaft in Lyon Mountain after being lost for a period of three weeks. With the help of other miners, Mr Bushey, wearing his seatbelt, was lowered by rope into the old mine some 20ft in diameter and 75ft deep after the dog’s howls started leads the rescuers to his whereabouts. After reaching the bottom of the pit, fearing the dog was wild, Mr Bushey called him by name. As the dog struggled to reach him, he realized he was in no danger. He improvised a harness for the dog and together they were hoisted to safety. With the exception of hunger and shirts, Skippy didn’t look any worse after his ordeal.

• Boy Scout Lloyd Whipple, who saved William Lavarnway from drowning at Chazy Lake last summer, was presented with an Elgin watch in recognition of his heroism by members of the Dannemora Lions Club at Camp Bedford, a Boy Scout camp for the Adirondack troops last Saturday . His heroism has already been honored by Scouts at a Court of Honor in May, when he received a Certificate of Heroism from the National Court of Honor. In addition to the Lion’s Club delegation and Scout campers, young Whipple’s grandparents were present at the ceremony on Saturday.

• Purpose-built underwater and electronic devices will be used by state police this morning in the search for the 35-foot cabin cruiser that burned and sank off Crab Island in Lake Champlain on July 21. Soldiers at East Area Headquarters in Keeseville said yesterday that Gerald J. McLarnen of Ballston Spa, whose cabin cruiser they use in the search for the craft and its three occupants, had an underwater telescope developed. sailor and an electronic “brake” in his own highly specialized machine shop. The telescope, which can be submerged to a depth of 30 feet, is fitted with 1,000 watt bulbs. Power for the telescope is provided by a generator on board the cruiser. Towed by the cruiser will be an electronic brake which, when it encounters a metal object underwater, registers the fact on an indicating device in the boat. McLarnen, summering at a lighthouse on Valcour Island, said other devices will be used if the telescope and contrail fail to find the boat. Clifford Vogel, 43, of St Johnsville, NY, and his two sons, Robert, 14, and Edward, 12, were believed to be on board the ‘Goldie II’ when it caught fire and sank off Crab Island. Vogel was once a pharmacist in Malone.

100 YEARS AGO — 1922

• Reverend Congressman Welcher of Hartford, Connecticut, field secretary for the Anti-Cigarette League, gave a speech at Normal School yesterday. Mr. Welcher has been speaking out against cigarettes for boys for 12 years. He gave his first speech in New York on July 1, 1910. Since then, he has visited 28 states, Canada and Bermuda and delivered an average of 300 lectures a year. The subject of his lectures is “Why Not Tobacco” and is aimed primarily at boys, although it is quite obvious that Mr. Welcher is not particular to “weed” in any form. . The reverend gentleman obviously does a good job of discouraging smoking among children and bears many testimonials from eminent educators and others.

• The Mountain Home Telephone Company participated yesterday in the unique tribute of respect paid to the memory of Dr Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, that marvelous device which is today considered an absolute and indispensable necessity . In conjunction with all telephones in the United States and Canada, cords were pulled in the local office and all telephone communications were suspended for one minute from 7:25 a.m. to 7:26 a.m. Each operator, eyes on the clock, watched the second hand reach 7:25 daylight saving time and, exactly on the second, the cord was pulled. Like a flash, all telephone communications, both local and long-distance, were cut off. People who had local conversations stood stunned when a word was cut in half as if it had been cut with a knife. At 7:26 a.m., the takes are inserted again and the interrupted conversation resumes. During the interval, however short, there was a continuous flashing of signals on the switchboard of people who wanted to call numbers, but these were completely ignored until the tribute of silence was returned to the wonderful old man making phone calls. possible conversation.

• One of the largest parades ever held at the barracks took place yesterday afternoon when candidates from the Citizens Military Training Camp and the 26th Infantry marched through the campgrounds. The well-known infantry band provided several excellent marches and the candidates continued to march in good condition. Almost in the center of the pitch was a square marked out for the purpose of displaying the colors of the CMTC and having a prominent place for the speaker of the day. Colonel CD Roberts, the station commander, opened the program with a very interesting presentation on Plattsburgh and the training camp. He said Plattsburgh is a very historic city and was the site of the last major invasion of the United States. The colonel said it was the ideal locality to train young Americans and that at present the barracks provided an excellent course of instruction in military tactics.

– Compiled by night editor Ben Rowe

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