Tonawanda News — 2003 — 10 years ago
• After a three-year wait, crazed Harry Potter fans appeared at bookstores and malls – thousands upon thousands – to pick up a copy of the latest installment of the boy wizard’s adventures: “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.”
• Members of the band War entertained the crowd at Gateway Park as they played the first Molson Canal Concert Series show of the season.
1988 — 25 years ago
• A sellout crowd of 19,500 turned out for the seventh annual National Old Timers Baseball Classic at Pilot Field with the likes of Brooks Robinson, Lou Brock, Paul Blair and Bob Feller on the field.
• James M. Kisiel was congratulated by NCCC President Donald J. Donato and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Kisiel, for being appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point.
1963 — 50 years ago
• Fire caused $15,000 damage to the roof and steeple of the historic North Bush Chapel of St. John the Baptist Church on Englewood Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda.
• NBC News planned to cover President Kennedy’s trip to Europe in 12 NBC-TV programs totaling five hours and 20 minutes. They were to include one program each day of the president’s journey and a full-hour color special evaluating the results of his mission.
1943 — 70 years ago
• Through the cooperation of Dr. Henry C. Lapp, physician in charge of the North Tonawanda Emergency Medical Service, Dr. Robert Reagan, physician appointed as head of the hospital, and 63 registered nurses, the Base Hospital in Colonel Payne school was one of the most well-equipped emergency stations in this vicinity. There were twenty beds, obstetrical packages, layettes, and an operating room.
• Chairman of the North Tonawanda Library Board of Trustees BA Lewis reported the annual budget for 1943-44 amounting to approximately $12,495 was adopted. The new budget was about $700 lower than last year’s despite increased activities of the library. The library budget will be incorporated with the school budget.