Lookback: Week of Dec 16 to Dec. 23

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• A pair of mute swans has stopped in the North Country for a short visit, but they probably won’t set up permanent residence here. The swans, first spotted a few days ago swimming along the shoreline near Ausable Point, are a unique sight for this area: a wild pair has never officially been recorded here. Mute swans are not native to America, but were brought here from Europe nearly 100 years ago. They now mate and raise their young on inland ponds and lakes and winter along the Atlantic coast. “They do migrate through here, but this is the first record we’ve had for them in thi... county,” SUNY Plattsburgh professor William Krueger, a noted North Country wild-bird expert, said.

• Concerned about lease restrictions, Bombardier is looking at other sites for its proposal Plattsburgh operation. The Montreal-based manufacturer of rail cars has been working to strike a deal that would allow it to set up shop at Plattsburgh Air Force Base. But local officials have acknowledged that Bombardier is concerned about some of the restrictions that would accompany an interim lease with the Air Force for the base property. One of their chief concerns, reportedly, is a kick-out clause that would allow the Air Force to remove Bombardier upon 30 days notice.

• Olympic silver medalist Nancy Kerrigan will film a Disney television special in the two-time Olympic village of Lake Placid next month. If the winter chill returns and the ice grows thick enough, Mirror Lake in the center of town will become the set for much of the show. The upcoming show, to be called “The Nancy Kerrigan Special,” will give Lake Placid national exposure as a scenic winter spot, according to Don Krone, spokesman for the Olympic Regional Development Authority.

• A landmarks commission has been suggested as a means of preserving historic architecture in Essex, as it has in Greenwich Village in New York City. The suggestion will be made at a meeting of residents in the Essex Library. George McNulty is one of the leaders in a drive to protect fine old homes and other monuments from modern construction and roadbuilding. McNulty said it would very probably have to be approved by the residents in a referendum; at least, the one in Greenwich Village was, he said.

• Area conservationists and other Lake Champlain enthusiasts expect to draft a battle plan to prevent a $2-million development on state-owned Valcour Island. The project development of a multi-recreation area there has been announced by the Thousand Islands State Park Commission. The commission plans a development in several phases on the island. The projects include several marinas, nature trails, a beach with a bathhouse, a shell for presentation of concerns to people in boats and an island grandstand.

• The Adirondack Council of the Boy Scouts has found a home in Plattsburgh. The administrative office will be located at 34 Oak St. as of the first of the year. The Council service center has been in Saranac Lake for 42 years, but a decision was made recently to move the center to Plattsburgh.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The headline “BOBBY-SOCKERS IN THIS CITY” ran with this article in the Dec. 16, 1944, issue of the Plattsburgh Press-Republican. Bobby sockers were described in a Jan. 1945 article in The Guardian newspaper as obsessive fans of singer Frank Sinatra. The article said “teen-age girls who constitute the main part of (Sinatra’s) audience also wear short white half-hose, and are therefore called 'bobby-sox girls' or, more simply, 'bobby-soxers.'"

• “All is forgiven and we are happy to have our children back,” sighed the father of one of five New York City girls who had the police of two nations worried stiff about them. He and two other equally beaming parents passed through Plattsburgh, homeward-bound aboard a Delaware & Hudson railroad coach. “It’s all the fault of Frank Sinatra,” said the father of one of the girls. “The girls were just crazy about him.” When they saw in the newspapers that he was appearing in Montreal, they decided to follow him.

• Fire of unknown origin caused damage to five rooms at the Union Hotel at 17 Margaret St. in Plattsburgh, with an ensuing loss conservatively estimated at $1,500. The fire is thought to have originated in a linen closet on the second floor of the three-story brick building. The fire department used a line from a booster tank and 12 gallons of chemicals to extinguish the blaze.

• The Strand Theatre will stage its big Sixth-War Loan campaign rally with a half-hour to be devoted to the sale of bonds. Wilbern Rigsbe, Chazy auctioneer, will be on hand again to stimulate the sale and to add to the event. He has a choice pig which he has donated to the cause. Each person who purchases a $25 bond will receive a share, one of which will provide the owner with a sufficient amount of pork to last the winter.

• A new bible has made its appearance on the pulpit at the Presbyterian church. It is the gift of Mr. E.G. Moore.

• Deputy U.S. Marshall James Murray made a good haul of alleged booze yesterday afternoon when he gathered in a big Dodge delivery truck which was loaded to the roof with bags, each of which was filled with bottles. The man with the truck burned up the road going through town and started through Peru Street for the open road along the lakeshore. Some engine trouble caused him to stop for a few minutes and the officers overtook the man at Day’s Quarry. The officers stopped and asked what was in the bags and the driver stated that he had a load of wool.

• The meeting of the membership of the Chamber of Commerce will be held at the chamber’s rooms on Margaret St. The speaker of the evening is to be Herbert W. Baker, secretary of the New York State Automobile Association. Mr. Baker’s talk promises to be of great interest, particularly to automobile owners, but also to every member of the Chamber of Commerce. In the main, his talk will relate to the Automobile Association’s work, ways in which a Plattsburgh Club association with the state organization would be of help to the latter association and also of benefit to the community .

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