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February 8, 2014

Do You Remember Feb. 8?

Tonawanda News — 2004 - 10 years ago

Gloria and Dan Wingrove had plans to convert the long-vacant building at 153 Sweeney St., once owned by the New York State Canal Authority, into the Tonawandas’ newest waterfront restaurant – the Dockside Inn – with an opening set for April.

• Ten years after its making, “The Lion King” was being aired on television for the first time on Channel 7. The animated Disney classic included the voices of Matthew Broderick and Jeremy Irons.

1989 - 25 years ago

Ty Parmentier won the speed skating competition during the City of Tonawanda’s Winterlude festivity at Ives Pond. Lynn Allard won the hockey shootout for girls 6 years of age and under.

• The newly elected officers of the National Hose Company in Tonawanda were Tim Stuart, John Moore, Paul Moeller, and Mike Randall.

1964 - 50 years ago

• The Beatles arrived in New York City and were greeted by crowds of teenagers. The British singing group was scheduled to appear on the “Ed Sullivan Show.”

Chester Fick retired after 50 years as a Post Office employee. For 25 of those years he served as the assistant postmaster of the NT Post Office.

1944 - 70 years ago

• A squad of Boy Scouts was arrested by the North Tonawanda police for the “crime” of collecting scrap on Sunday. They were in full uniform accompanied by two adult war-workers. Police said, “It’s the mayor’s orders.” The two war-workers were Henry Simon, 43 Bryant St., and Fred J. Keeley, 367 Payne Ave.

• An appeal was made to the Tonawanda councilmen to make sure the Gastown section was not deprived of a playground in the future. With that part of the city zoned for industrial purposes residents were alarmed that the existing playground could be used for industry.

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