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The north

10 years ago

Nov. 29, 2002: Community members in Massena are increasingly choosing to spend Thanksgiving with more than 200 of their neighbors rather than staying at home. This year, the St. Vincent de Paul Society and Thrift Store prepared enough food for 250 to 300 people at its annual free Thanksgiving dinner at the Veterans of Foreign Wars building on West Hatfield Street. The nonprofit group served close to 200 dinners in each of the past few years and saw a record number of diners Thursday.

25 years ago

Nov. 29, 1987: Twelve-year-old Cara L. Dauffenbach has never seen Galloo Island; she’s never been to Sackets Harbor. As a matter of fact she’s never been in the northeastern part of the country. She has, however, written a 73-page novel, “The Secret of Wakefield Manor,” that takes place on Galloo Island and prominently features infamous Thousand Islands pirate Bill Johnston. Miss Dauffenbach lives in Two Rock, Calif., with her parents, John R. and Linda Dauffenbach.

50 years ago:

Nov. 29, 1962: A group of Jefferson and St. Lawrence county businessman is considering forming a syndicate to purchase Dark Island, a palatial castle-like Thousand Islands summer estate near Chippewa Bay in St. Lawrence County, it was learned today. The group toured the island and its buildings Wednesday.

75 years ago

Nov. 29, 1937: Pickets were placed about the Central Greyhounds Lines bus terminal here today as bus schedules returned to normal and two of the eight striking Watertown drivers returned to their jobs. As the 16-state strike moved into its fifth day today, no disorder occurred here.

100 years ago

Nov. 29, 1912: While rounding the Court Street curve early this morning, a wing snowplow attached to the Carthage local freight suddenly spread its wings and started to do things. The open wing on the right side of the plow tore down a large telephone pole on Court Street and, a few feet farther before the train could be stopped, clipped a corner from the side of the low wooden building facing the track.

125 years ago

Nov. 29, 1887: Shortly after two o’clock this afternoon, L.E. Reese’s delivery horse became frightened while two men were loading a barrel into the wagon and ran away. It dashed through Arcade Street, into the engine house on Stone Street, where it fell to the ground and was subsequently caught. The runaway horse received a few scratches, and was not seriously injured. The damage was small.

150 years ago

Nov. 29, 1862: George W. Hazelton has been appointed postmaster at Black River in this county.

The world

Today is Thursday, Nov. 29, the 334th day of 2012. There are 32 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Nov. 29, 1952, President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower secretly left on a trip to Korea, keeping his campaign promise to assess the ongoing conflict first-hand.

Ten years ago: The White House quietly announced that federal workers would get a smaller pay raise the following month because President George W. Bush was freezing part of the increase, citing the fight against terrorism. Celebrity publicist Lizzie Grubman left the Suffolk County jail after serving 37 days of a 60-day sentence for backing her sport utility vehicle into a crowd outside a trendy Hamptons nightclub and fleeing.

Five years ago: A court in Sudan convicted British teacher Gillian Gibbons of insulting Islam for letting her pupils name a teddy bear “Muhammad” and sentenced her to 15 days in prison. (Gibbons was pardoned after spending more than a week in custody; she then left the country.) Pakistan’s president, Pervez Musharraf, embarked on a new, five-year term as a civilian president, a day after ceding the powerful post of army chief. Former Illinois Rep. Henry Hyde died in Chicago at age 83. Former General Motors chief executive Roger B. Smith died in Detroit at age 82.

Thought for Today: “Statistics can prove anything — even the truth.” — Sir Noel Moynihan, British physician and writer (1916-1994).

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