Tonawanda News — 2002 — 10 years ago
• A study done by Carroll Buracker and Associates suggested a merger of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda fire departments. The report also recommended that North Tonawanda consolidate their communication and dispatch services.
• Local events of the day included a flag retirement ceremony at Sikora Post, a turkey raffle at Dom Polski and a performance of the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra at Mount St. Mary’s.
1987 — 25 years ago
• Democratic presidential candidate, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, was scheduled to take part in a candlelight vigil in support of the striking workers at DeGraff hospital.
• The Town of Tonawanda Town Board adopted a $41.3 million budget for 1988 that dropped the tax rate by 2 cents and raised salaries for elected officials.
1962 — 50 years ago
• A deluge of multi-colored balloons was raised from over the main entrance of the new $12 million Boulevard Mall to mark its official opening. Governor Rockefeller sent a wire from New York praising the plaza - the first enclosed shopping center in the state.
• St Peter’s American Lutheran Church, Bryant and Tremont Streets, celebrated its 75th anniversary. The Rev. Earl Papke of Miami Florida, a former member of the congregation, preached the sermon. Rev. Papke’s father – Charles – was the first child received by baptism into the church.
1942 — 70 years ago
• A big obsolete pump, weighing more than three tons, was being demolished at the Tonawanda Boxboards plant as part of the Robert Gair Company’s contribution to the Twin Cities industrial scrap drive.
• Norman W. Nachbar was elected president of the Kiwanis Club for the upcoming year at the organization’s meeting held at Jake’s Tavern.