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The north

10 years ago

Dec. 30, 2002: Spring will mark the transformation of Michael J. Buffham’s business vision into reality in the form of a top-flight game preserve off Route 11. Mr. Buffham will begin guiding groups of people onto a fenced-in 70- to 100-acre portion of his land to hunt elk, red deer, bison, white-tailed deer and — he hopes — wild boar.

25 years ago

Dec. 30, 1987: After more than 20 years, the controversial “Hotline” program at WOTT radio will be silenced. The popular noontime call-in radio show will air its last opinions from listeners and talk show host Roberta G. Haggerty on Thursday, according to WOTT General Manager Gary J. Belch.

50 years ago

Dec. 30, 1962: Sixty-one head of cattle perished early today as flames swept three large connecting barns at the James Hardy farm, Philadelphia, R.D. 1, on Sand Road and a half mile from the Philadelphia village limits. The loss was estimated at $30,000 to $40,000.

75 years ago

Dec. 30, 1937: An effective boycott on all Japanese merchandise is now taking place in Watertown and is growing in such proportions that merchants are losing little time in clearing their establishments of all items bearing the telltale label of their origination.

100 years ago

Dec. 30, 1912: In the presence of 175 Italian and American friends, Miss Mary A. Costanzo, daughter of Domenick Costanzo, prominent Italian merchant of this city, was married to Antonio Vittoria at the Holy Family Church at 10 this morning. After the ceremony, the bridal party proceeded to Elks Hall, which was beautifully decorated with lilies and evergreens.

125 years ago

Dec. 30, 1887: An improved sprinkler for general farm and garden use has been patented by Russell P. Lovejoy, of West Carthage. The tank will hold 50 gallons and is balanced and securely fastened to a two-wheeled cart. It is especially useful in sprinkling Paris green and water, also in scattering liquid fertilizers. A firm in Rochester has already promised to handle the sprinkler.

150 years ago

Dec. 30, 1862: We learn with pleasure that the citizens of Clayton presented Mr. Thomas Rees, on Christmas Eve, with a beautiful silver tea set and ice urn, as a token of thanks to him for his individual and successful efforts in filling up that town’s quota of volunteers.

The world

Today is Sunday, Dec. 30, the 365th day of 2012. There is one day left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Dec. 30, 1962, the Green Bay Packers defeated the New York Giants 16-7 in the NFL Championship Game; the event was filmed by Blair Motion Pictures, which later became NFL Films.

On this date:

In 1813, the British burned Buffalo, N.Y., during the War of 1812.

In 1903, about 600 people died when fire broke out at the recently opened Iroquois Theater in Chicago.

In 1936, the United Auto Workers union staged its first “sit-down” strike at the General Motors Fisher Body Plant No. 1 in Flint, Mich. (The strike lasted until Feb. 11, 1937.)

In 1972, the U.S. halted its heavy bombing of North Vietnam.

In 1994, a gunman walked into a pair of suburban Boston abortion clinics and opened fire, killing two employees. (John C. Salvi III was later convicted of murder; he died in prison, an apparent suicide.)

In 2006, Iraqis awoke to news that Saddam Hussein had been hanged.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Joseph Bologna is 78. Actor Russ Tamblyn is 78. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Sandy Koufax is 77. Actor Jack Riley is 77. Folk singer Noel Paul Stookey is 75. Singer-musician Michael Nesmith is 70. Singer Patti Smith is 66. Rock singer-musician Jeff Lynne is 65. TV host Meredith Vieira is 59. Actress Patricia Kalember is 56. Country singer Suzy Bogguss is 56. “Today” show co-host Matt Lauer is 55. Actress-comedian Tracey Ullman is 53. Radio-TV commentator Sean Hannity is 51. Sprinter Ben Johnson is 51. Golfer Tiger Woods is 37. TV personality-boxer Laila Ali is 35. Actress Eliza Dushku is 32. Actress Kristin Kreuk is 30. NBA player LeBron James is 28.

Thought for Today: “I always say beauty is only sin deep.” — H.H. Munro (“Saki”), British author (1870-1916).

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