POTSDAM - The North Countryman has been around since the 1920s, far before the invention of the Internet. However, with the hard work provided by the Northern New York Library Network, past editions may now be viewed on-line.
The NNYLN provides the Northern New York Historical Newspapers Web site, news.nnlyn.net, which has Adobe PDF versions of 44 newspapers across seven upstate counties. Most recently, the March 1928 through March 1982 editions of the North Countryman were added.
"We are trying to do newspapers in our service area, which includes Clinton County," explained reference librarian Thomas Blauvelt. "There are very few papers in Clinton County, other than those [in] Plattsburgh. So, we wanted to extend the coverage to other areas in Clinton County."
The NNYLN worked with the Plattsburgh Public Library and the New York State Library to get microfilm copies of the editions and post them on the Web site, a task which took about a month to complete.
"Libraries have put a lot of time and money and effort into filming newspapers to preserve them," Blauvelt explained. "This is a next step to make them more widely available so that the microfilmed copies, which are just in one place ... can be searched and made available to a broader audience."
The first edition of the paper posted on-line, from March 1, 1928, had headlines such as "Rouses Point Water System a Big Success," and "To Bridge Lake Champlain," which introduced the proposition to bridge Rouses Point to Alburg, Vt.
"The North Countryman has helped chronicle local history for more than eight decades," said Denton Publications managing editor John Gereau. "It is wonderful that people can now access that history from the convenience of their desktop computer."
Denton Publications is the parent corporation of the North Countryman, which was originally based in Rouses Point.
To view the editions on-line, visit https:/\News.nnlyn.net and click on "Clinton," then "Rouses Point North Countryman, 1928-1982." From there, simply follow the instructions on the Web page to search for a specific theme or edition.