Tonawanda News — 2003—10 years ago
• The NEWS featured an article chronicling the career of Shirley Conner, who had been the first female Pendleton Supervisor, a member of the first Starpoint School Board, and for 22 years a Tonawanda News reporter, the last two as the managing editor. Shirley retired in 1987.
• Niagara Falls was looking forward to the 100th anniversary of baseball’s first World Series, in which native son Jimmy Collins led the Boston Americans to victory.
1988—25 years ago
• A lost homing pigeon found by Peter Hogan of Hagen Avenue was reunited with its owner Art Daniels of 14th Avenue. The young pigeon had failed to return after it had been given its first taste of freedom.
• Jeffrey Dispenza, Kristie Sondel, Mark Zaczek, Christina Francis, and Jeremy Lockhart were among the third graders at Fletcher School who put on a skit marking the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution as part of the school’s Fine Arts Festival.
1963—50 years ago
• The Chairman of the State Power Authority announced that the authority regrets the necessity of postponing the opening to the public of its “Power Vista” observation building on top of the Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant due to the recent construction workers’ strike.
• Sweet Home Central School officials conducted cornerstone laying ceremonies at the district’s new $2,750,000 junior high school on Maple Road in the Town of Amherst.
1943—70 years ago
• Announcement of the sale of machinery and materials of the Harvey E. Dodds North Tonawanda ski factory on North Marion street—estimated at $25,000—was contained in a letter received by the North Tonawanda common council concerning the National Trust Company of Toronto, Ontario, administrator of the estate of the late Harvey E. Dodds who died last February in Toronto.
• A mossy pale green mold, very much like the mold that makes Camembert cheese taste like Camembert, now had a more important mission in life. It was being used to make penicillin, the new germ-killing drug hundreds of times more powerful than sulfa drugs in curing many kinds of wound infections and germ diseases. It was first used to treat soldiers returning from the Pacific area with unhealed compound fractures and osteomyelitis.