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The north

10 years ago

Dec. 19, 2002: News about the 110 layoffs at Alcoa in Massena was met with sadness, and relief. Up until noon Wednesday, the East plant was facing immediate shutdown, as management and union officials struggled to find a way to cut $23 million from the facility’s production costs. The layoffs and a $7 million temporary economic incentive with the New York Power Authority were part of the package that will keep the plant going for at least another year.

25 years ago

Dec. 19, 1987: At major department stores throughout the City of Watertown, there were gaps in the garland racks and scant few strands of lights stacked on the shelves. Most retailers attribute these glad retail tidings to one thing: Fort Drum.

50 years ago

Dec. 19, 1962: The Madonna home on Stone street, the Mercy Hospital’s nursing home, construction of which is virtually completed, will be open for the admission of patients Feb. 11, Sister Mary Enda, R.S.M., the administrator of the hospital, announced today.

75 years ago

Dec. 19, 1937: The $250,000 Rumsey estate, which has been deeded to the Saranac Lake Society for Control of Tuberculosis, will be used as a village museum or to house the Study and Craft Guild if a suitable purchased cannot be found, it is said. The estate which was built in 1929 by the late John W. Rumsey, owner of the Embassy Club in New York, overlooks Lake Flower.

100 years ago

Dec. 19, 1912: Two boys, each under 12 years of age, were arrested Wednesday evening by a local patrolman on the charge of attempting to steal toys from the store of Connell & Rice on Court street. The boys broke a rear window of the store with a rock and were attempting to gain entrance in the building when detected.

125 years ago

Dec. 19, 1887: The sign which was over Dr. Shepard’s office in Paddock arcade, was found missing this morning.

150 years ago

Dec. 19, 1862: During yesterday afternoon and last night we had a heavy rain, terminating this morning in a flurry of snow. Weather prophets have told us all along that Winter would not set in till we had a heavy fall of rain to fill the wells, creeks and swamps. Now that it has come, we suppose Winter may be expected.

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