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10 years ago

Dec. 6, 2002: The new visitors center at the New York State Living Museum at Thompson Park is scheduled to open in January and will be one of only a handful of structures statewide that meet national Leadership and Energy in Environmental Design standards. The visitors center, a $500,000 project, will be the new entry point to the zoo and will include a ticket and information counter, an expanded gift shop, a cafe and a concession area in a contemporary Adirondack architectural style.

25 years ago

Dec. 6, 1987: About 100 little human beings, mittens flopping and heads crammed into warm hats, start marching into New Day Nursery at 7:30 a.m. five days a week. New Day, 327 Franklin St., is the only state-licensed day care center in Jefferson County. It’s a center that, according to its director, is just making ends meet financially.

50 years ago

Dec. 6, 1962: All vessels scheduled to transit Eisenhower and Snell locks on the St. Lawrence Seaway at Massena finally made it by 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Bridgehampton, the British ship carrying arms to India, which experienced difficulties from the unusually heavy fog in the Seaway valley all day Wednesday, went thorough the Eisenhower Lock at 5:30 p.m.

75 years ago

Dec. 6, 1937: The City Council may vote to rescind its action of a week ago when it voted to furnish free gasoline and oil to welfare department investigators, a member of the council said today. Authorizing the free gas and oil may be a violation of regulations of the state tax and finance department.

100 years ago

Dec. 6, 1912: There will be 79 lighted tungstens on the clock on the Washington Hall building this evening. Subscriptions were received today that brought the grand total to date up to $79,012 for the YMCA fund.

125 years ago

Dec. 6, 1887: Messrs. Charles Odenweller and Fred A. Wells, of Boston, Mass., who are engaged in frescoing the new Trinity parish house on Benedict Street, will probably be employed about six weeks on the work. Their task is made the more difficult from the unusually uneven surfaces left by the carpenters.

150 years ago

Dec. 6, 1862: Messrs. Willard & Sons have purchased the property formerly owned by Dean S. Howland of Lyonsdale. They intend to establish their woolen factory there.

The world

Today is Thursday, Dec. 6, the 341st day of 2012. There are 25 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Dec. 6, 1922, the Anglo-Irish Treaty, which established the Irish Free State, came into force one year to the day after it was signed in London.

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush pushed Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill and economic adviser Larry Lindsey from their jobs in a Cabinet shake-up. Actress Winona Ryder was sentenced to community service as part of a probationary term for stealing more than $5,500 worth of merchandise from a Saks Fifth Avenue store in Beverly Hills, Calif. Ten Palestinians, including two U.N. employees, were killed in chaotic battles when Israeli forces poured into a Gaza Strip refugee camp, searching for a fugitive militant. Antiwar activist Philip Berrigan died in Baltimore at age 79.

Five years ago: CIA Director Michael Hayden revealed the agency had videotaped its interrogations of two terror suspects in 2002 and destroyed the tapes three years later out of fear they would leak to the public and compromise the identities of U.S. questioners. President George W. Bush announced a plan to freeze interest rates on subprime mortgages held by hundreds of thousands of homeowners. Republican Mitt Romney, speaking at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Texas, said his Mormon faith should neither help nor hinder his quest for the White House and vowed to serve the interests of the nation, not the church, if elected president.

Thought for Today: “Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.” — William Butler Yeats, Irish Nobel Prize-winning poet (1865-1939).

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