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10 years ago

Dec. 1, 2002: Third-graders in 11 north country schools will be showing off their smiles to registered dental hygienists from the North Country Children’s Clinic during the “I Love New York Smiles” project. The project is part of statewide dental health survey conducted by the state Department of Health in cooperation with public health departments in Jefferson and Lewis counties and the Children’s Clinic.

25 years ago

Dec. 1, 1987: Two unusual Christmas trees will be spreading the season’s spirit throughout December: a “memory tree” sponsored by Hospice of Jefferson County and an “angel tree” set up by the Salmon Run Mall.

50 years ago

Dec. 1, 1962: Life was returning to normal in Cornwall, Ontario, for many people today after a harrowing night in the city that saw at least 29 people admitted to hospitals and nearly 100 others treated after poisonous chlorine gas leaked from a damaged railway tank car parked on the northeast side of Cornwall.

75 years ago

Dec. 1, 1937: The need of better athletic facilities for Watertown High School contests was emphasized by Coach William I. Graf of the Watertown High School when he addressed members of the Kiwanis Club at the school’s football meeting Tuesday at the Hotel Woodruff. “The conditions under which the two teams played (at the Thanksgiving Day game) were anything but good,” Mr. Graf said.

100 years ago

Dec. 1, 1912: Evans Mills may soon be lighted by electricity if the plans of Frank W. Lawton of that place are carried out. Mr. Lawton owns the water power at Slocumville, 2 miles east, near LeRaysville.

125 years ago

Dec. 1, 1887: Train No. 1 was two hours late again this morning, on account of a disablement of a freight train between Albion and Kasoag. A proposition to change the dinner hours from noon to 2 o’clock might meet with favor.

150 years ago

Dec. 1, 1862: A very remarkable woman died in Wilna on the 28th at the home of her son-in-law John Nobles. Mrs. Hurlburt, better known as “Granny Davis,” was believed to be the oldest inhabitant of this section of the country at age 115 years. She had been married to five husbands, and was the mother of 20 children, and outlived them all.

The world

Today is Saturday, Dec. 1, the 336th day of 2012. There are 30 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Dec. 1, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln sent his Second Annual Message to Congress, which was read aloud by the Secretary of the Senate. In it, Lincoln called for the abolition of slavery, saying that “in giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free,” and toward the end of his message, wrote: “Fellow-citizens, we can not escape history. We of this Congress and this Administration will be remembered in spite of ourselves.”

Ten years ago: Colombia’s largest right-wing paramilitary group declared a unilateral cease-fire in its long-running battle against leftist rebels. Russia won its first Davis Cup title by rallying to beat defending champion France 3-2. Edward Latimer “Ned” Beach, the U.S. Navy captain who wrote the best-selling undersea thriller “Run Silent, Run Deep,” died in Washington at age 84.

Five years ago: Police in Wichita, Kan., identified a body found days earlier as that of Emily Sander, a missing college student whose disappearance drew added attention after the discovery she was also an Internet porn model named “Zoey Zane.” (A suspect, Israel Mireles, was convicted of rape and murder and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.) Four suspects were charged in Miami in the shooting death of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor. (One ended up pleading guilty to second-degree murder; a fifth suspect also was charged.)

Thought for Today: “Life begins when a person first realizes how soon it will end.” — Marcelene Cox, American writer.

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