Lookback: Week of Nov. 11 to Nov. 18

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• The St. Regis Mohawk tribe wants to set up a halfway house and a youth group home on Plattsburgh Air Force Base after the facility closes.

That proposal is part of a revised plan for the base that the tribe is going to present to the community.

Tribal spokesman Joe Gray said no criminals would be housed at the home. Instead, the halfway house would be for Mohawks with drug and alcohol problems.

The youth home would be to keep Mohawk children who got in trouble on the reservation from falling back in with their old cronies, Gray said.

• The Town of Platt...burgh has voted to dedicate Champlain Park’s recreation area to Everest Rabideau.

“In appreciation of his many kindnesses on behalf of all his neighbors,” as a sign will read when it is erected this spring.

Rabideau, affectionately called the “Mayor of Champlain Park” has baked 563 cakes for families and people moving into Champlain Park since 1978.

A few years after his wife died in 1975, he decided to start publishing “The Welcome Wagon,” a neighborhood newsletter with recipes, news about neighborhood children, new families, families moving away and historical information about the area.

Under pressure, but not forced to take action, the Saranac Lake Village Board unanimously agreed to put a dissolution question on the March 1996 ballot.

Village Clerk Marilyn Clement was served last week with a 485-signature petition demanding that village residents get to vote on doing away with their government in the March 1995 election.

If the petition had gathered 862 signatures (one-third of eligible voters), they could have forced the question without the consent of the Village Board.

• “To Americans who care” was the title of a paper passed out by a handful of youths on the morning after Veterans Day ceremonies at Trinity Park.

The youths, wearing black armbands and moratorium buttons, and their leaflets were apparently not welcomed at the events sponsored by veterans’ organizations in the city and county.

One man called the group “pinkies” as they lined up against the fence surrounding the war memorial monument at the park.

Many of the leaflets which stated the Vietnam war should be brought to a quick conclusion were either returned to the youths or dropped in the mud.

• Several common threads wove themselves into the fabric of conversations with the Plattsburgh students who participated in Saturday’s March on Washington.

Gregg Cassavaw, a college junior from Chateaugay, said he was opposed to the war before last weekend, but not deeply committed to working against it.

That’s changed, he said, as the result of a ride to Washington with a former Green Beret medic recently returned from Vietnam.

The ex-soldier went several hundred miles out of his way to drive the two students all the way to Washington, Cassavaw said.

Someone has apparently borrowed Santa’s bright red suit from the Knights of Columbus Hall in Ticonderoga and he needs it for some pre-Christmas parties.

The suit actually belongs to the Catholic Daughters of America, but Santa Claus has used it on special occasions when he has been visiting in Ticonderoga.

Kay Dickinson asked if perhaps the person who borrowed the suit may have merely forgotten to return it.

• Mr. and Mrs. David Merkel again entertained their employees at a pleasant affair recently at Hotel Cumberland, the occasion being the regular pre-holiday banquet which has always been an enjoyable affair.

Quiz games and stunt boards brought forth riots of laughter as each participant proved to be a good sport.

Mr. Merkel presided as toastmaster and, after some pleasing remarks and humorous stories, introduced Dr. Kathleen Hunt, stylist and buyer for the ladies’ ready-to-wear and accessories departments, who gave an interesting talk on buying and selling and some of her experiences in the wholesale market.

• Since the inauguration of the initial War Bond drive in the United States, Clinton County people in all 14 towns have shown they are “of a like mind” regarding the necessity of accomplishing this job in true American fashion.

Realizing that on the list of vital war jobs, this job of keeping the machinery of war rolling 100 percent is of paramount importance, Clinton County people have drawn their share of the load.

• A Court Street resident was enthusiastic last night over the thoughtfulness of a young boy who, while passing handbills for a local business firm, was thoughtful and observant when he found a freshly painted front porch.

The youth, noticing the paint, went out of his way to serve his employer and to be courteous to a prospective customer.

The boy walked around the house to the rear and deposited the handbill under the kitchen door.

• A large party of Plattsburgh people will leave for Miami, Fla., by automobile to spend the winter.

There will be five automobiles in the party, which will consist of Mr. and Mrs. McCready and two children, Clarence and Edward Bador, Louis Brothers of Plattsburgh and Mr. and Mrs. Louis Allen of Saranac Lake.

The party will carry its own camping outfits and after leaving New York will camp wherever night overtakes them.

• Evaniste Gilbert and Irene Langevein were arrested at Rouses Point by the U.S. customs authorities on a charge of smuggling liquor from Canada into the United States.

It is alleged that the couple brought in a quantity of spirituous liquor said to be seventeen cases in all.

The man was said to have been suffering from the effects of drinking and required the attention of a physician after having been locked up.

• The boys at the Post will hold a dancing party at the former Red Cross building which has been converted into a clubhouse for the enlisted men.

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