Tonawanda News — 2003 — 10 years ago
• North Tonawanda city officials asked developers to come up with a solution to the proposed Tops Market at 301 Meadow Dr. Officials wanted to ensure that two entrances would not endanger the lives of students heading to school or the library.
• A benefit would be held to cover medical expenses for transplant surgery for Ron Piontkowski.
1988 — 25 years ago
• Students at Highland School got into the spirit of the Winter Olympics by staging their own version of the games including shooting a puck into a net, a triathlon with skateboards, a person-carry, and shooting beanbags into a net.
• Thomas Smith, a Town of Tonawanda native, with other business partners, purchased Fairchild Aircraft Corp. of San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Smith joined Fairchild in 1984 and as its CEO was credited with piloting its economic turnaround amounting to $150 million in annual sales.
1963 — 50 years ago
• It was announced by plant manager H. H. Thorpe that the Van Raalte Co would cease operations on Sweeney Street in North Tonawanda within 2 weeks and put its building up for sale.
• The O’Connorama pre-season sale event featured swimming pools, sand boxes, and gyms – all at O’Connor’s Toy Store on Niagara Street.
1943 — 70 years ago
• Dr. Frederick Hodge, news commentator and guest speaker at the regular meeting of Tonawandas Post 264 of the American Legion, stated that in his opinion the war with Germany would be over about the Fourth of July.
• The annual meeting of subscribers to the Boy’s Club of the Tonawandas elected seven directors to three-year terms: Alfred Lautz, Harvey Graf, Earl Johnson, Laurence Humphrey, W. Herbert Zettel, Reginald Newman and Edward Messing.