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April 24, 2014

Do You Remember April 24?

Tonawanda News — 2004 — 10 years ago

Tyler Sperrazza, Dan Panzarella, Olivia Buscarino and Paul Nixon made up the cast of the Irish fairy tale “Blather, Blarney and Balderdash” at the St. Andrew’s Country Day School in Kenmore.

Mike Mulvaugh and Paul Brown opened their new MX Audio business on Sweeney Street, focusing on car audio systems as well as other vehicle accessories.

1989 — 25 years ago

Sister Josepha Graeber, a Sister of St. Mary of Namur, was honored at a reception that commemorated her 45 years of teaching at Mt. Saint Mary.

• DeGraff Hospital announced that it would close its obstetrics unit due to lagging birth counts.

1964 — 50 years ago

• Tonawanda High’s football star, Larry Bodie, was awarded a scholarship to Miami University.

• A national railroad strike was averted when settlement of a 4 1/2-year-old work rule dispute was reached. President Johnson and federal mediators negotiated the agreement during a 15-day truce that had been called by the president.

1944 — 70 years ago

• For taking command of the big four engine B-24 Liberator after the pilot had been wounded and bringing it back to the home base shot so full of holes it was a wonder it could fly at all, Lt. Donald R. Bechtel, 24 year old son of Mrs. E.F. Bechtel of 130 Clinton St., was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the highest Air Corps honor.

• A large class of candidates received the first degree of the Knights of Columbus at the Tonawanda clubrooms on Morgan Street. Most of the candidates were from the Tonawanda council while others were from North Tonawanda, Lockport and Niagara Falls.

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