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The north

10 years ago

Oct. 27, 2003: A long-closed Adirondack fire tower has been reopened formally — by the last man to work there. Michael J. Richards, St. Regis Falls, late last month cut the ribbon that signified the end of a two-year effort to save, restore and reopen the Azure Mountain fire tower. He spent two seasons — 1977 and 1978 — atop the tower, watching for fires that threatened the vast Adirondack forests.

25 years ago

Oct. 27, 1988: An ambitious $4.2-million master plan to renovate, rebuild and expand the Thousand Islands Shipyard Museum in Clayton, to increase its tourist draw and to unite the village and town in the development concept, was proposed Wednesday.

50 years ago

Oct. 27, 1963: Gov. Herbert H. Lehman left for Syracuse this afternoon after delivering a major campaign speech at the Starbuck arena here Wednesday night. Before leaving Watertown, the governor was optimistic and expressed the belief that his address Wednesday night and those of this fellow campaigners will bring additional votes into the Democratic fold Nov. 8.

75 years ago

Oct. 27, 1938: The rural teachers of the town of Diana met at Lewisburg and organized an association for the year 1938-39. Superintendent of Schools Glenn A. Sealy of New Bremen presided. Monthly meetings will be held in various schools of the district.

100 years ago

Oct. 27, 1913: Hallowe’en, the fabled night when goblins, elfins and fairy folk make their appearance in earthly form, is at hand, and on Friday of this week the event will be celebrated in this city. The police of the city, who always look to Hallowe’en as one of their busiest nights, will be detailed to special work to stop the depredation of the younger folks who on that night usually parade the streets and cause damage.

125 years ago

Oct. 27, 1888: The plans and specifications for the new Round Island park hotel are completed.

150 years ago

Oct. 27, 1863: We learn that Samuel Fulton, of Martin Street, Champion, killed a black bear on the 18th inst., on the farm of LeRoy Wood, weighing 295 lbs. Mr. Fulton showed no small degree of courage in the capture of Bruin.

The world

Today is Sunday, Oct. 27, the 300th day of 2013. There are 65 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Oct. 27, 1858, the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, was born in New York City.

Five years ago: Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens was convicted in Washington of seven corruption charges for lying about free home renovations and other gifts from a wealthy oil contractor. (A judge later dismissed the case, saying prosecutors had withheld evidence that might have been favorable to Stevens at trial.) The body of singer-actress Jennifer Hudson’s 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, was found in an SUV three days after Hudson’s mother and brother were found shot to death in the Chicago home they’d shared. (The estranged husband of Hudson’s sister, William Balfour, is charged in the killings.)

One year ago: Sixty million people in the eastern United States braced for high winds, torrential rains, power outages and even snow from Hurricane Sandy, which was headed toward a merger with two wintry weather systems.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Nanette Fabray is 93. Baseball Hall-of-Famer and sportscaster Ralph Kiner is 91. Actress Ruby Dee is 91. Actor-comedian John Cleese is 74. Author Maxine Hong Kingston is 73. Country singer Lee Greenwood is 71. Country singer-musician Jack Daniels is 64. Rock musician Garry Tallent (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band) is 64. Internet news editor Matt Drudge is 47. Rock musician Jason Finn (Presidents of the United States of America) is 46. Rock singer Scott Weiland is 46. Actor Sean Holland is 45. Actress Sheeri Rappaport is 36. Actress-singer Kelly Osbourne is 29. Actress Christine Evangelista is 27.

Thought for Today: “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” — Theodore Roosevelt, American president (1858-1919).

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