25 YEARS AGO — 1982
The Vermont architect planning to build an office building at Court and Margaret streets in Plattsburgh has temporarily shelved the project because of lack of financing. Donald Swaim says it may go next year. The Saranac River coal-tar cleanup should be completed by fall with more than 600 feet of riverbank in Plattsburgh refurbished in the process, New York State Electric & Gas announces. A $1 million federal loan for Elizabethtown Community Hospital is now only a single strand of red tape away. After two years of hearings, studies and paperwork, the Farmers Home Administration has approved the loan, and the federal Health Systems Agency has recommended that permission for it be given. For the sixth straight month, traffic across the border at Champlain from Canada declines. It was down a whopping 28 percent in March. February traffic was down 19 percent.
50 YEARS AGO — 1957
Existing railroad crossing safety warnings and standards were created for the "horse and buggy days" and are inadequate under present-day travel standards, Clinton County Coroner Dana Weeks says. This was recently stressed by Weeks when he handed down an accidental-death verdict in the double fatal at the South Junction Road crossing. Voters in the Champlain Central School system overwhelmingly approve a $1,050,000 bond issue that provides for the building of a new central school in the district. The vote was 673-186. Operating revenues from the sale of electricity by the Plattsburgh Municipal Lighting Department reach a new peak of $1,106,409.38 during 1956, for an increase of 22.5 percent over 1955. City officials express both amazement and disappointment as the field report of the special census reveals there are 18,430 residents in Plattsburgh at the present time. This is about 4,000 short of the total contemplated.
75 YEARS AGO — 1932
Plattsburgh banks are being asked to watch for $5, $10, and $20 bills that made up the $50,000 Col. Charles A. Lindbergh paid kidnappers in a fruitless attempt to regain his son. The present building program of the Treasury Department calls for the construction either this year or next of border stations at Chateaugay, Fort Covington, Mooers and Rouses Point the will cost, respectively, $59,100, $56,000, $59,000 and $153,000. Campers at state campsites and the forest preserve will be limited to two weeks during the coming summer season. This is to prevent campers securing the best sites and holding them all summer. Snow lies deep on the plains in western New York and in the mountains of the eastern part of the state after winter plays a 24-hour return engagement. Snows in the Adirondacks are deep and in some places heavily drifted.
100 YEARS AGO — 1907
The $50,000 water-bond proposition for the City of Plattsburgh carries, 121-62. It was said before the election there would be no increase in taxes because of the work. The ice in Plattsburgh harbor begins moving. The broad lake between Port Kent and Burlington is entirely open, but Shelburne Harbor is still closed, and Lake Champlain Transportation Co. will not be able to open navigation for the season as planned. The most severe snowstorm of the season hit over two days in Schuyler Falls and vicinity. The snow was piled so deep that rural mail delivery had to be curtailed. Four memorial windows are placed in Scared Heart Church at Chazy, completing the set of 12 windows given by members of the parish.— Compiled by Contributing Writer Sue Botsford, who can be reached at 834-7201 or