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May 18, 2014

Do You Remember May 18?

Tonawanda News — 2004 — 10 years ago

• North Tonawanda boathouse owners were upset over a visit by Gov. George Pataki who was in town bearing $96,000 for the city. The money was earmarked for the removal of boathouses along the Niagara River.

• North Tonawanda Fire Chief Gregory Frank presented a 50-year service badge to Paul S. Van Voorhees and a 25-year service badge to Ted Barra at the 128th anniversary celebration for Columbia Hook & Ladder Co. No. 1.

1989 — 25 years ago

• Buster Bison teamed up with members of the Lions Club of the Tonawandas to promote Tonawanda Day at Pilot Field. Game tickets were $4.50 and the bus ticket was $3. Proceeds of the event benefited the club’s Blind and Charity Service Fund.

• The Erie County Legislature approved a plan that only allowed the consumption of beer, ale and wine in county-owned parks from Memorial Day through September.

1964 — 50 years ago

• The Wurlitzer Company, the largest US manufacturer of pianos and one of the largest manufacturers of organs, announced that their line of radio-phonographs would be manufactured in Toronto, Canada.

• Japanese décor decorated the North Tonawanda gymnasium as 400 seniors attended their prom which was themed “Midnight Mood.” Reigning over the festivities were Richard Kennedy and Barbara Holmes.

1944 — 70 years ago

• 121 North Tonawanda men, including Walt Snopkowski, Al Homes, Clarence Krueger and Rob Corrigan, underwent the induction exam for the Armed Forces.

• Tonawanda aldermen opened bids for the construction of drains in Chestnut, First and Old Niagara Streets on Goose Island and Hanover Street in Gastown.

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