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Tonawanda News — 2004 - 10 years ago

Pam Ashmell of Lane Massage Therapy was interviewed on the benefits of massage.

• Gifted pianist and saxophonist, Ray Charles, died at 73. He won 12 Grammy Awards and was known for music hits like “Georgia on My Mind” and “What’d I Say.”

1989 - 25 years ago

• North Tonawanda native, LTJG Jack Niemiec, led the Coast Guard team that boarded a fishing boat in the icy waters off Alaska and nabbed two suspects who were accused of killing the boat’s owner.

• Hundreds of Tonawanda students raced across a grass field to witness emergency workers administer first aid to victims of a simulated drunk driving accident. The simulation was part of the school’s Junior High Career Day.

1964 - 50 years ago

• The American Legion Post 264 concert and marching band held scholarship auditions for high school students who planned to study music in college.

Rick Cassata was the first Tonawanda high school student to be offered an athletic scholarship from Notre Dame.

1944 - 70 years ago

• America’s largest traveling carnival, “The James E Strates Show,” featuring over 40 attractions, arrived at the Wheatfield grounds next to the Colonel Payne School.

• A dispatch from the 21st Army H.Q. reported rumors that Field Marshall Erwin Rommel had been relieved of command of the German troops facing the Allies.

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