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25 YEARS AGO — 1994

• No, the Russians aren’t coming.

This time, their neighbors are the ones journeying to the North Country to take on a Plattsburgh State University athletic team.

Korabel, the national team of the Ukraine, has agreed to play the Cardinal men’s basketball team in a Nov. 11 exhibition at Memorial Hall.

The game is the first between a Plattsburgh State team and an international squad since the Spartak hockey team’s visit in 1992.

The last traveling international basketball team to play Plattsburgh was the Polish National Team in the late 1970s.

• Motor-home owners are going to be heading for the Ticonderoga RV Resort, if the town and a local businessman can agree on putting the project in Bicentennial Park.

Charles Drake’s recreational vehicle park would go on land the town owns across from the Kissing Bridge, near the Ticonderoga Little League field.

“This will be an RV park, with hookups for water, electricity, cable TV, etc.,” Drake said.

“A lot of the people would be coming through to go to Fort Ticonderoga, to go fishing. People with RVs have no place to go. They’re looking for all the hookups.”

• A Canadian bus maker, Nova Bus Corp., is looking to set up a facility in Plattsburgh — possibly a large one, and possibly at Plattsburgh Air Force Base.

“We’re looking at different possibilities. One of them is definitely to open a plan in Plattsburgh,” said Jean-Francois LeBrun, a Nova Bus spokesman.

A person close to the situation said rumors are swirling that the plan could employ 250 people or more.

“Rumor has it that (Gov. Mario Cuomo) is pressing to have an announcement on this by Election Day,” the source said.

50 YEARS AGO — 1969

• Plattsburgh State University College’s Faculty Senate has endorsed a “Joint Statement of Rights and Freedoms of Students.”

Parts of the statement include: “Students should be free to take reasoned exception to the data or views offered in any course of study”; “students should have protection through orderly procedures against prejudiced or capricious academic evaluation” and “information about student views, beliefs and political associations which professors acquire in the course of their work as instructors, advisers and counselors should be considered confidential.”

• Special agent in charge Mark Gardiner of the U.S. Customs Service’s Special Agency has told Rouses Point Kiwanians that there has been a rapid rise in the number of weapons seized at the border crossing.

“For example,” he said, “I think we seized three large switch-blade knives in the last two days.”

“I don’t really know what’s behind it all,” he said, “excepting that it seems to go with the time we live in. I heard someone explain the other day that its due to a real general breakdown in families, with kids having less and less respect for their parents and consequently for the law, the church or anything else.”

• In one year, Plattsburgh Air Force Base is scheduled to have the only training school for crews of FB-111s in the nation.

The Air Force has announced that the combat crew training school and six FB-111s will be stationed here in October, 1970.

The training school and plans will be transferred from Carswell Air Force Base in Texas.

75 YEARS AGO — 1944

• Lt. Harry L. Giles, writing to his sister, Miss Caroline Giles of Rt. 1, under date of Sept. 10, describes some of the detriments to comfort as he finds them in India, where he is stationed with a combat cargo squadron.

“This is the monsoon season, so it rains about a dozen times a day,” he writes, going on to say that the trees and bushes are so dense that one has to cut his way through.

Snakes, scorpions and millions of different insects infest the area.

“It seems as though everything out here is poisonous,” he continues.

• First Lt. George Rock, class of ‘40, of the Plattsburgh State Teachers College, who was among the prisoners of war liberated after the invasion of France, will give an account of his adventures to the student body of the college.

Lt. Rock, an active member of the class, was especailly well known at PSTC for his ace tennis playing.

“Skipper” Rock’s escape from German-occupied Europe was made possible by the French underground movement.

• Campaign headquarters for the Democratic party in Clinton County have been opened at the corner of Clinton and Marion streets in the former Plattsburgh Daily Republican office.

With Edward C. Webber in charge, the headquarters will be open every weekday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Political literature in abundance is available for the asking, including Roosevelt 1944 buttons and windshield stickers.

100 YEARS AGO — 1919

• A very pleasant birthday surprise party was given last evening in honor of the 84th birthday of Edwin H. Heath at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.P. Winters, with whom he lives.

Mr. Heath is credited with being the oldest marble and granite cutter in the United States. Mr. Heath was, for many years, in business in the City of Plattsburgh.

He came here in his infancy with his father, who was the first marble cutter in Plattsburgh, and succeeded his father in business.

About a year ago, he sold out to Carpenter and Barton, but continues to work at unfinished stones which he contracted to do for old friends.

• Fifty-three schoolboys appeared at the Armory last night for their first drill under the compulsory military training law for boys between the ages of 16 and 19.

The boys all showed that they realized that this drill instruction was to be taken seriously and went to work in a business-like manner.

It is understood that there are still a few delinquents but it is expected that these will be rounded up in a few days and that they will be present at the next drill.

• Maj. J.A. Lucas is visiting at his home in Plattsburgh, coming here from Washington to the city he was ordered after his arrival from overseas a few weeks ago.

Maj. Lucas is looking as fit as is possible for a man to look and is one of the few men from overseas who admit that they enjoyed the long months they spent in France and Germany after the armistice was signed.

One reason for this was the excellent hunting to be found in the latter country in the great preserves that existed during the regime of the Kaiser.

— Compiled by Night Editor Ben Rowe

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