Tonawanda News — 2003 - 10 years ago
• Betty Field, Theo Hepburn and Jan Butcheri of First United Methodist Church on Main Street, North Tonawanda, were readying a delicious lunch and holiday bazaar, both of which were part of the weekend’s downtown Winter Walk celebration.
• Newly named officers at the Tonawanda Senior Center included President Joan Prohn, Vice President Joe Toth, Treasurer Glenn Weyers, and Secretary Alice Flora.
1988 - 25 years ago
• St. Mary Manufacturing in North Tonawanda announced it was closing its manufacturing operation, idling 50 employees. Several years of low profits and a union that was unwilling to take concessions forced the closure.
• Roy Orbison, a Grammy winning singer-songwriter, died of a heart attack. His hit songs included “Pretty Woman,” “Only the Lonely,” and “Crying.”
1963 - 50 years ago
• Pope Paul VI was shown standing in front of his throne in St. Peter’s Basilica during the closing ceremonies of the Ecumenical Council session in Vatican City. He planned to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in January of 1964.
• For all you Steak Lovers….. A & P Grocery store was advertising these great specials: Round Steak-$ .79 per lb., Sirloin Steak-$ .89 per lb. and Porterhouse for only $ .99 per lb.
1943 - 70 years ago
• To enable young ladies between the ages of 20 and 35 years to join the fastest growing branch of the armed forces, Mrs. Howard E. Grainge of 335 Stanley St., North Tonawanda, was appointed to assist with such applicants desiring information about the Women’s Reserve of the U.S. Marine Corps.
• Basketball season got under way with three contests at Eldridge Club between teams of the Recreational League. Tonawanda High School opened the season against Lackawanna in the Niagara Frontier League.