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••• J The Hometown Newspaper of Clinton, Essex, Franklin Counties Vol: |03. ~ No. 130 C Copyright 1»5, Pm»-RepbuUc»ii Plattsburgh, NY 12901,Sunday. December31.1995 Suggested Price: 1,50 40 Pages Bills, Eaglts register con- vincing victories in NFL playoffs. SPORTS The Year in Review takes a look at the biggest stories of 1995. SPECTRUM Tht Year in Review con- tinues With the tlosing of the Air Force Base* BUSINESS It's 1995 remembered, from the best and worst to the offbeat and peculiar. PARADE WEATHER Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of light snow. High 29. ; INDEX Agriculture D-4 Bridge D-9 Business News D-l-7 Calendars C-2 Crossword C-3 Editorial C-8-9 Entertainment ...C-6-7 Books....: B-9 Travel B-8 Horoscope C-3 Ann Landers C-3 f Public Record A-5 Sports. B-l-7 Weaker.; A-2 Wecldings,Engagemeiits C-5 LOTTERY Lotto 54: 2, 18,22, 24, 28, 40. Supplementary No.: 30. Lotttry:321. *$$$'* 2MO. iMe|3l|!?S-3, 7, 4i 12, 19, 26, 28, 3^) ^y0j4A, 55, 56, 60, 63, 67, N.w EnfllandiPIek 3': 397 Pick Trl-Stat* M«gabuekf: 4, 7, 10,16, 19, zi: 1st US, casualty in Bosnia GI wounded by land mine , By JEFFREY ULBRICH Associated Press Writer DUBRAVE , Bosnia- Herzegovina (AP) Y A U.S. mili- tary vehicle on a reconnaissance patrol struck a snow-covered mine Saturday, wounding a GI and making him the first casual- ty of the American mission in Bosnia. Spc. Martin John Begosh of Rockville, Md., a member pf the 709th Military Police battalion, was treated by a Swedish physi-. cian at the scene, then taken by helicopter to the U.S. mobile military hospital at Zupanja, Croatia, NATO said. Begosh, 23, suffered a frac- tured right lower leg and injuries to his right foot, NATO officials said.' Other U.S. forces in his four-vehicle convoy were not hurt in the 2:15 p.m. (8:15 a.m. EST) explosion. \Considering all the possible alternatives, the crew was fortu- nate.\ said Maj. Ryan Yantis, a U.S. Army spokesman in Tuzla. The explosive device was a surface-laid mine that sits on the road unburied, but it was covered with snow, Yantis said. NATO said Begosh was driv- ing the first of four Humvees down a snow-covered side road near Bijela, about two miles south of Dubrave, when the an- titank mine exploded. The two rear vehicles were able to back out of the area, but the convoy was forced to leave the front two on the road. The convoy was \diverted\ from its planned course, but Yan- tis had no details. Officials said mine warning markers — in- verted red triangles — had been posted on both sides of the road but not on the road itself. NATO, which is implementing the Bosnian peace accord, says land mines pose a major threat to its troops. Officials estimate that between 3 million and 6 million mines are buried in the countryside. Begosh's mother, Judy, said from her Rockville home that she was told her son's injuries \weren't too serious.\ \When he first said he was. Continued Page A-10 Bosnian government- Croat federation New partition line as of 11/22/95 | | Rebel Serb AP Staff Photo/MikeDowd Mayor Clyde Rabideau hugs his mother, Sandy Beaubriand, after taking the oath of office for a fourth term. Rabideau praised his mother's guidance, calling her \the anchor of the family.\ Changing of the guard New Common Council is sworn in to office By JEFF MEYERS Staff Writer PLATTSBURGH - The ci- ty's . political makeup took a dramatic turn Saturday as the new Common Council was sworn into office during the 1996 Inaugural. Ceremonies. Two new Republican coun- cilors — Harold Hicks from .Ward 1 and Melissa. Penfield from Ward 4 — give the Coun- cil an even split of three Republicans and three Demo- crats. Democrats have con- trolled the council the past four years. But the city's political lead- ers are looking at the new at- mosphere with a positive frame of mind. \There's been a lot of speculation about the effec- tiveness of a split Council,\ Penfield said following the in- auguration. \It's my challenge to defuse that speculation and to let people know that we may not agree on every issue, but we all face a common ground and want to do the best for the City of Plattsburgh.\ ' The Council's veteran Republican, Christine Rotella from Ward 5, emphasized the benefits of the new Council. \New. people bring new perspectives,\ she said. \Every one of us brings a different his- tory, a different background to the table. That will be valuable to us over the next two years. \I hope it's not going to be a •political split but rather a phil* , osophical split,\ she added. \I think we'll be able to work together to accomplish what- we want to do.\ William Berman, the senior Continued Page A-3 Man inurder, suicide Former Plattsburgh man kills his girlfriend, self MANCHESTER, N.J. (AP) - Carmen St. Denis wanted to end a stormy relationship with her boyfriend. But Jeff Major made sure she would never have that chance. Police say Major, 20, fatally aot St. Denis, 25, in the head and then turned the gun on himself Friday, The Asbury Park Press reported Saturday. The couple, who had moved here five months ago from the Plattsburgh area, were found dead inside the house they shared with Major's mother, Margaret. Margaret Major discovered the bodies when she arrived home from work on Friday morning. They argued off and on, but their relationship never became • violent, said Margaret Major, the paper reported. \They were like any girlfriend and boyfriend who have spats and then get back together again,\ Major told the paper. \I told them 'I think you guys argue just so you can make up.\' St. Denis was trying to end the relationship and Major was resisting the breakup, police said. St. Denis had been planning to return to live with her parents in Plattsburgh, N.Y., butMajor was distraught and felt he could not live without her, Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor John M. Doran-tpld the paper. Major used a long-barreled Continued Page A-3 Clinton, GOP report progress Budget talks continue tomorrow By LARRY MARGASAK Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Presi- dent Clinton and congressional leaders reported progress Satur- day night after a long day of budget bargaining but the presi- dent sent word through his spokesman that \we've got a vays to go.\ \All sides said there was good progress,\ said White House press secretary Mike McCurry as the final meeting of the day broke up shortly before 10 p.m. Another three.-hour budget session was set for the Cabinet., Room of the White House Sunday morning, but no early agreement was expected and McCurry said the talks would cbntinue into the new year, beginning anew next Tuesday. Meanwhile, the federal gov- ernment remained partially dos- ed in an ever-deepening crisis. President Clinton was to take a break Sunday afternoon and fly to Hilton Head,- S.C., for New Years Eve where he was to take part in a Renaissance Weekend session and play one or \more. rounds of golf, McCurry said. • Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole was scheduled for a series of political events in New Hamp- shire. And House Speaker Newt Gingrich planned to travel to his. congressional district in Georgia. McCurry said Clinton en- couraged Senate Democrats to break a procedural impasse preventing action on a plan by Dole to return all furloughed workers to their jobs without pay ' but with a guarantee they would' be paid at a later date. Continued Page A-TO AP Photo President Clinton meets with Newt Gingrich, left, and Bob Dole, right, at the White House Saturday. In a pair of New Year's res- olutions, Clinton vowed Saturday to work with the Republican Congress to balance the federal budget. SUNDAY SFEATURE Dream home Woman will give away her home to the writer of a winning essay By JEFF MEYERS Staff Writer CHAMPLAIN - Eight years ago, Linda Chevalier fulfilled her dream of owning a home overlooking historic Lake Champlain. Now she.wants to pass that dream on to someone who shares her desire of living on the lake. •„• Chevalier lives on Route 9B a few miles south of Rouses Point. The ^ six-bedroom home she has used as a bed and breakfast for the past&j three years faces Kings Bay, with the picturesque Green Mountain^ | of Vermont in the background. She put the house on the market last summer, but with today's unstable economy, not a lot of people are looking for $200,000 homes. So after doing some research, she's decided to give the house away as. a prizie in an essay contest. \This is something you're hearing more and more about/' Chevalier said from her elegantly decorated living room. \With the way the economy is, I think it's a good, legitimate way to move a piece of prop- % Continued fag* A-4 • Vvl Linda Chevalier Staff PHit6AJei||^rs rife house she'll give away to a talented essayist. Will it be you? : . n\ ''4 sr

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