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The north

10 years ago

Nov. 27, 2002: It’s the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, but if you’re a member of the 10th Mountain Division Artillery in search of a feast, you’re not a day early, but a day late. Cooks at the DIVARTY (Division Artillery) dining facility here served turkey for 500 on Tuesday. And turkey was just the beginning. In step with decades-old tradition meant to build “esprit de corps,” soldiers in dress blues and Class A greens lined up for steamship round, ham, shrimp cocktail, even macaroni and cheese.

25 years ago

Nov. 27, 1987: For many dealers in Watertown, pre-season snowblower sales have reached near record proportions. In the Watertown area, newcomers, panicked by tales of north country blizzards, and longtime residents, who believe higher Lake Ontario water temperatures presage a hard winter, have combined to produce a flurry of business, even before the first major snowfall.

50 years ago

Nov. 27, 1962: The mystery of the “flagpole” that appeared unexpectedly on the property of Mr. and Mrs. S. Brown Northrop at the end of Hycliff Drive has been cleared up. The pole was erected by Lewis Dickerson Associates engineering firm on outer Washington Street to be a survey station in a traverse that is being run to control the mapping of two jobs.

75 years ago

Nov. 27, 1937: Striking Watertown bus drivers of the Central Greyhound Lines began activity at the depot in Terminal Place this morning when they temporarily blocked an outgoing bus and discovered that the driver of a bus from Albany had been operating the vehicle without a chauffeur’s license.

100 years ago

Nov. 27, 1912: Luther W. Mott, who was the successful Republican candidate for member of Congress from the 82nd congressional district, has just filed with South Trimble, clerk of the House of Representatives, his final statement of campaign expenses. The report shows that he spent a total of $1,870.

125 years ago

Nov. 27, 1887: Train No. 1 was an hour late this morning and gave our businessmen a foretaste of what is to come when snowdrifts flourish, unless an extra mail train for Northern New York is secured. Many housewives served late dinners today because of the delay in the mails.

150 years ago

Nov. 27, 1862: The Fulton Patriot says that at the recent fair of the Oswego County Agricultural Society, a Mr. Kimball exhibited several baskets, each containing a different variety of potato, and accompanied by several statistics that deserve to be preserved in a more durable form. Each basket contained the produce of six hills. Per-acre yield was then estimated. Jenny Lind potatoes offered the highest yield.

The world

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 27, the 332nd day of 2012. There are 34 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Nov. 27, 1942, during World War II, the Vichy French navy at Toulon scuttled its ships and submarines to keep them out of the hands of German troops.

Ten years ago: U.N. specialists began a new round of weapons inspections in Iraq. President George W. Bush appointed former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to lead an investigation into why the government had failed to foil the Sept. 11 attacks. (The following month, Kissinger stepped down, citing controversy over potential conflicts of interest with his business clients.) President Bush gave the go-ahead to open U.S. highways to Mexican trucks.

Five years ago: Israeli and Palestinian leaders at a Mideast conference in Annapolis, Md., agreed to formally restart peace talks. A Somali immigrant (Nuradin Abdi) was sentenced to 10 years in prison for plotting to blow up an Ohio shopping mall. Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor died after being shot in his Florida home by an intruder. Bill Willis, a Hall of Fame guard with the Cleveland Browns and Ohio State’s first black football All-American, died in Columbus, Ohio, at age 86. Dr. J. Robert Cade, inventor of Gatorade, died at age 80.

Thought for Today: “In youth we feel richer for every new illusion; in maturer years, for every one we lose.” — Anne Sophie Swetchine, Russian-French author (1782-1857).

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