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February 19, 2013

Do You Remember Feb. 19?

Tonawanda News — 2003 — 10 years ago

• The North Tonawanda Common Council was expected to award a bid to Mark Cerrone Inc. of Niagara Falls to take down the long-vacant buildings at the Roblin Steel site on Oliver St.

• City of Tonawanda was awarded two $90,000 Community Development Block grants for sidewalk repair in Gastown and near Clinton Park.

1988 — 25 years ago

• The Twin City Quilters Guild made a colorful red appliquéd and quilted banner to represent the Tonawandas on the Empire State Carrousel, New York’s own merry-go-round, the first full-size, hand-carved carousel to be made in America since the Great Depression.

• Carol Jasinski, an honor student at North Tonawanda High School, was crowned Miss Winter Niagara at the 1988 pageant in Niagara Falls, Ont.

1963 — 50 years ago

• A recent survey showed that nearly four out of every five persons who crossed Sheridan Drive at intersections having “Walk-Don’t Walk” pedestrian signals didn’t know how to operate them.

• The Soviet Union informed the United States that it planned to pull out “several thousand” of its military forces in Cuba by March 15th.

1943 — 70 years ago

• Richardson Boat Company won the famed Army-Navy “E” award for its outstanding war production which amazed U.S. Naval officials as well as native Tonawandans who witnessed the zooming activity of the Sweeney Street yards.

• Bison Shipbuilding Corporation, mighty mushroom of the Tonawandas war-industries – which in less than a year had turned the slumbering shores of Tonawanda Island into a humming arsenal of giant all-metal Commando barges – was also awarded the Army-Navy “E.”

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