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COLUMN: Another sad ending

2012-10-03T16:40:00Z COLUMN: Another sad ending Glens Falls Post-Star
October 03, 2012 4:40 pm

Apparently the black bear cub killed on the Northway in Queensbury on Monday morning wasn’t the only young bear to die on that stretch of the highway recently.

Another small cub was killed Saturday near Exit 20 of the Northway.

Queensbury Animal Control Officer Jim Fitzgerald said he believes the two cubs were with the adult bear, likely their mother, that had been seen around Queensbury in recent weeks.

The mother was seen in woods off Potter Road late Tuesday afternoon as Queensbury school dismissal was taking place, so Fitzgerald and local police oversaw school bus stops in that area as a precaution.

“Hopefully she’s headed back into the woods and that’s the last we’ll see of her,” he said.

— Don Lehman

'Medicine man'

Following Monday’s Epitaph column on Dr. Harold Luria, Mary Hunter of South Glens Falls contacted us about a heroic deed performed by the late physician.

Hunter shared articles from both the Glens Falls Times and The Post-Star from Nov. 16 and 17, 1956, respectively, describing the dramatic rescue of her father, 51-year-old John Miller, a city employee, who was trapped 12 feet below street level for three hours after a cave-in in front of the former F.W. Woolworth store. A 300-pound rock pinned him.

A photo titled “Medicine Man” shows Luria descending a ladder into a hole to administer a stimulant and oxygen to the man. It was reported that Miller “remained in good spirits throughout the ordeal,” though after receiving emergency medical treatment at Glens Falls Hospital he suffered from “shock, multiple body bruises, a probable fracture of the ankle, chest and back injuries and inhalation of sand,” according to the story in The Post-Star.

— Meg Hagerty

Improvements planned

Children in Fort Edward, and their parents who want to sit and watch them play, are going to benefit form a $5,500 grant from the Healthier Places to Live, Work and Play program administered through Glens Falls Hospital.

The Village Board voted Monday night to spend the money required to buy new playground equipment, four trees and four or five park benches for Mullen Park. The village will pay for the equipment and will be reimbursed by the grant. The items purchased will not be installed until the spring. Other purchases under the program include a tennis net, basketball rims and fitness trail signs.

— Bill Toscano

Veterans honored

American Legion Post 233 dedicated the latest plaque added to the Peace and Victory Monument in Crandall Park in Glens Falls on Saturday.

The new plaque — the sixth — contains the names of 77 area veterans.

“We’re getting close to 1,000 names now,” said Carl Fosco, of the American Legion.

Post 233 began the project in 2005.

The plaques, which are around the Peace and Victory Monument, pay tribute to veterans from the Revolutionary War through present conflicts.

The goal of the project is to increase greater awareness of veterans in general, not just soldiers who were killed in wars.

— Maury Thompson

Firefighters aid MDA

Members of the Glens Falls Fire Department collected nearly $2,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in a coin drop in Glens Falls on Sunday, said Ric Stafford, a local firefighter who helped organize the fundraiser.

The local coin drop was part of a national effort by the International Association of Fire Fighters, the union that represents city firefighters.

— Maury Thompson

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