Tonawanda News — 2003 — 10 years ago
• After her adult-sized tricycle was stolen, Paula Nusbaum was given a bright new purple tricycle with a white basket by Bert Dunn, owner of Bert’s Bikes & Sports.
• James Piorkowski, a professor of music at the State University of Fredonia, was conducting a workshop on classical guitar at the First United Methodist Church in North Tonawanda.
1988 — 25 years ago
• Tonawanda Mayor David Miller and North Tonawanda Mayor Betty Hoffman threw out the first balls at Tonawandas night at Pilot Field.
• Mike Endres of Grand Island captured the feature race in the Niagara Challenge Grand Prix before a huge crowd at Isle View and Niawanda Parks.
1963 — 50 years ago
• Bell Aerosystems Co. was awarded a major subcontract by Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp. to develop the ascent rocket engine for the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM) of Project Apollo.
• A tuneful N.T. foursome, “The Majestics,” consisting of Ray Dorociak, Louie Fonzi, Stuart Mills, and Carmen Castiglione, were scheduled to play for an upcoming Splash-Dance party at North Tonawanda’s Memorial Pool.
1943 — 70 years ago
• Benito Mussolini’s resignation was expected to bring a burst of peace overtures – Italian occupational troops in Balkan countries had gone over to the Allies in wholesale numbers.
• UB had a rare 18-pound porcupine named “Pinky.” The Biology Dept said that he didn’t have one colored hair or quill on his body. “Pinky,” an albino, was 1 out of 100,000.