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Albany Times Union - Sunday - - AROUND THE REGION -

1918: “The Blue Devils” of France, dubbed the “Alpine Chas­seurs (hunters) of the French army” by the Ger­mans be­cause of their prow­ess and dar­ing in bat­tle, would be march­ing in the Flag Day pa­rade the fol­low­ing Fri­day, it was an­nounced by Al­bany of­fi­cials. In ad­di­tion, of­fi­cers from sev­eral of the 21 al­lied na­tions fight­ing along­side the United States would be par­tic­i­pat­ing, and all 21 flags of those coun­tries would be given a place of honor in the pa­rade.

1968: Seek­ing skilled peo­ple to go to Viet­nam to help paci­fi­ca­tion ef­forts, re­cruiters from the federal government were at the Ten Eyck Ho­tel in Al­bany to dis­cuss the pro­gram of the U.S. Agency of In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment with prospec­tive can­di­dates. Needed were area de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cers, refugee re­lief of­fi­cers, nurse ed­u­ca­tors, pub­lic safety ad­vi­sors, au­di­tors and sec­re­taries. Pay ranged from $5,000 to $18,000 a year, plus a 25 per­cent hard­ship bonus, fur­nished quar­ters, med­i­cal care and fam­ily al­lowances.

1993: A $2 mil­lion sev­er­ance pack­age un­der con­sid­er­a­tion by Em­pire Blue Cross and Blue Shield for for­mer Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Al­bert Car­done had been put on hold af­ter it came un­der at­tack by State In­sur­ance Su­per­in­ten­dent Sal­va­tore Curi­ale as “to­tally in­ap­pro­pri­ate.” Curi­ale, af­ter be­ing in­formed of the pend­ing pack­age for Car­done, voiced his dis­sat­is­fac­tion in a highly crit­i­cal let­ter to the com­pany and an an­nounce­ment in which he char­ac­ter­ized the pack­age as “a golden para­chute for Mr. Car­done,” who re­signed un­der pres­sure last month.

Want to read more about the Cap­i­tal Re­gion’s past? Have any mem­o­ries or thoughts about how our his­tory re­lates to to­day’s events? See http://blog. time­sunion.com/his­tory/

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