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.