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10 years ago

Nov. 24, 2002: A $6 million renovation of the Ranger School in Wanakena that adds dormitory rooms and modernizes the campus is nearing completion. The project added a wing, which includes a distance-learning lecture hall, and spruced up the original 1928 building on an inlet of the Oswegatchie River.

25 years ago

Nov. 24, 1987: A new fire company was born Monday night in Calcium, the first new fire department in the county in two decades. The conception of the as-yet-nameless fire department, which will be headquartered at the intersection of routes 11 and 37, was not a happy one. The new company is a result of a complicated schism between the Calcium Fire Department and the Calcium Fire District.

50 years ago

Nov. 24, 1962: Officials at Saranac Lake announced plans today to proceed with a new Saranac Lake hospital and not to await further developments of the effort of the directors of the Placid Memorial Hospital at Lake Placid to combine with the Saranac Lake hospital in the project to construct a joint hospital for both communities.

75 years ago

Nov. 24, 1937: A manual arts class of 15 boys in Ogdensburg is working daily at the MacNaughton market renovating toys brought to City Hall or collected by the police department to be distributed to needy children at the annual Christmas party Dec. 24 at City Hall. Children who attend will also be given candy and other presents.

100 years ago

Nov. 24, 1912: A break in the feed wire of the Watertown Light & Power company’s transmission line which supplied the electrical power for the north side of Public Square caused serious inconvenience to the New Woodruff and several stores early Sunday evening. The break occurred early in the evening and suddenly the guests in the dining room of the hotel just preparing to eat dinner were plunged into darkness.

125 years ago

Nov. 24, 1887: Thanksgiving day was quite generally observed in the city yesterday. All places of business were closed during the afternoon, and a Sunday quiet reigned. The special services at the various churches were not largely attended.

150 years ago

Nov. 24, 1862: There will be a Christmas dance at the house of William Warren, East Hounsfield, Dec. 24. Music, Horton & Elder’s Band. Tickets will be only $1.50.

The world

Today is Saturday, Nov. 24, the 329th day of 2012. There are 37 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Nov. 24, 1987, the United States and the Soviet Union agreed on terms to scrap shorter- and medium-range missiles. (The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was signed by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev the following month.)

Ten years ago: In a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the Iraqi government complained that the small print behind upcoming weapons inspections would give Washington a pretext to attack. Lucio Gutierrez, a populist former army colonel who’d led a coup in 2000, was elected Ecuador’s sixth president in six years. Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel’s conservative party dominated parliamentary elections in Austria.

Five years ago: A fast-moving wildfire pushed by Santa Ana winds raced through the canyons and mountains of Malibu, Calif., for the second time in little more than a month, destroying some 50 homes. In Australia’s election, conservative Prime Minister John Howard suffered defeat at the hands of Labor Party head Kevin Rudd.

Thought for Today: “Between flattery and admiration there often flows a river of contempt.” — Minna Antrim, American writer (1861-1950).

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