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10 years ago

Dec. 17, 2002: A proposal by Watertown City Councilman Peter L. Clough to allow residents without “reasonable” alternatives to park on paved sections of their front yards caused political finger-pointing at and after Monday’s council meeting.The city bans open-air parking on any section of residential property that is in front of a home. But some residents living in cramped neighborhoods who don’t have driveways and who ordinarily park on streets have complained that the ban leaves them without parking options in winter.

25 years ago

Dec. 17, 1987: Another chapter of the Watertown Foundation’s history was written Wednesday when the organization made its first Humanitarian of the Year Award. Alfreda M. Shippee, a head nurse at the Samaritan-Keep Nursing Home whose son was killed when the USS Stark was hit by an Iraqi missile in May, was the recipient of the $1,000 award.

50 years ago

Dec. 17, 1962: Former Watertown Daily Times carrier boys outdid themselves Friday afternoon to once again break all existing records in the Old Newspaperboys’ Salvation Army annual Christmas Fund Drive. A total of $2,093.68 has been realized from the 16th annual sale with some totals not yet counted.

75 years ago

Dec. 17, 1937: State police in five northern New York substations were ordered today to patrol 30 highways in three-hour stretches for five consecutive days and every motor vehicle - trucks, pleasure cars and motorcycles - will be stopped for complete safety inspection by troopers. The drive to prevent future accidents on the state highways begins at 5 this afternoon.

100 years ago

Dec. 18, 1912: Up until this noon 269 marriage licenses have been issued this year. This is in excess of any year on record at the county clerk’s office and with a full two weeks time left many more applications for licenses are expected.

125 years ago

Dec. 17, 1887: It is suggested that if the nails in the sidewalks are driven down now there will be less excuse for not keeping the snow off and less incentive to swearing on the part of the wielders of the snow shovel.

150 years ago

Dec. 17, 1862: A night or two since one of our prominent citizens heard an unusual sound at this front door, at about 10, in the evening, like the cries of a young child, and proceeding thither, he found a little darling on the door step, screaming for help. Inquiry among the maid-servants of the neighborhood brought to light he maternity at least, of the bantling; and the well-to-do citizen caused the little stranger to be taken to the poor house where its mother’s name was as familiar as household words.

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