Tonawanda News

July 26, 2013

Do You Remember July 26?

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The Tonawanda News

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.