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Week of May 16, 1969 – 50th Anniversary News Series

Week of May 16, 1969

50th Anniversary News | Saratoga Springs, NY

series by Mary Flanagan, Associate Real Estate Broker & lifelong Saratogian

519 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY: Currently home to Roohan Realty and other local businesses, this historic building served as the city's movie theater for forty years from 1938 to 1978.

519 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY: Currently home to Roohan Realty and other local businesses, this historic building was actually a movie theater for forty years (1938-1978).

2019 marks Roohan Realty’s 50th year in business! We would like to take you back to 1969 and share what was happening in the news – locally and nationally. We’ve been having a great time reading old newspapers and hope you enjoy seeing the historic Roohan Realty connections as much as we do. Community involvement and public service have been ingrained in our business from the very beginning – a commitment that continues today. Check back every Thursday for a fresh flashback to 1969!

1. 8th Bishop of Albany

The Most Rev. Edwin B. Broderick is installed the 8th Bishop of Albany.

2. Keep Your Eyes On The Road

Red Wildy reported in his column: “Keep your eyes open while driving on the Thruway, not only for oncoming traffic, but for loot. According to the Thruway Authority, ‘Among the miscellaneous items found along the New York Thruway in 1968 were a check-writing machine, a granite tombstone and $5,315 worth of U.S. Savings Bonds’.”


3. GE

GE was a major employer in 1969.


4. Eradicate the Weeds!

County urges State study of Saratoga Lake. Saratoga Springs Supervisors, Thomas H. Clements and Robert A. D’Andrea stressed the importance to eradicate the weeds.

5. The Tentative Budget

The Tentative Budget presented by the Board of Education for 1969-1970 is $5,179,373 and increase of $173,012 over the current school budget. This would result in an increase of approximately .18 per 1,000 of assessed value.
The public library’s budget increased to $55,000 from the current $52,225.


6. Mothers’ Day 1969

1969 OPEN HOUSE AD, promoting the new developments of Michael Manor and Sherri Estates.




mary beth flanaganMary Flanagan is an Associate Real Estate Broker at Roohan Realty with over 30 years of experience as a licensed REALTOR® specializing in residential real estate. A lifelong resident of Saratoga Springs, NY, Mary is extremely knowledgeable about not only Saratoga’s real estate market, but also its history and the community as a whole. She is an active board member for Racing City Rotary Club and U.S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site, and served on the Saratoga Springs Zoning Board of Appeals from 1994 to 2004. In her free time, Mary enjoys researching and writing about Saratoga’s history; she authored Roohan Realty’s Saratoga Centennial blog series in 2015 and is currently working on an Anniversary News series to commemorate our company’s 50th year in business this year (2019). View Mary’s bio & current listings

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