Tonawanda News — 2002 — 10 years ago
• Kenmore students Jacob Glaser and Ryan Murray, both 13, joined more than 1,300 Boy Scouts from the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain for the annual Scout Brigade of Fort George Heritage Camp, which took place at Niagara-on-the-Lake.
• Astronomers at the Palomar Observatory near San Diego discovered a frozen world 800-miles-across orbiting our sun a billion miles beyond Pluto. It was the biggest find in our solar system since the discovery of Pluto 72 years earlier.
1987 — 25 years ago
• The North Tonawanda Police Department installed a Tele-Communication Device (TTY). This special telephone allows hearing impaired individuals to contact police when they need assistance.
• At its monthly meeting, the Mang Park Crime Bears of the Kenmore Crime Resistance Unit had a presentation on burglary prevention.
1962 — 50 years ago
• The Tonawanda Common Council directed that paid firefighters be placed on an 8-hour a day work schedule. The new work week was to go into effect on November 1 and was projected to reduce hours from 47½ to 42 hours per week.
• The North Tonawanda Common Council voted to give city employees 2 additional holidays – Columbus Day and Veterans Day.
1942 — 70 years ago
• Escaped convict Julian Johnston, living an exemplary life as Julian Sullivan in Tonawanda, was fighting extradition to NC. He had escaped from a road gang after being sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for breaking into a boxcar.
• First Evangelical Church, 223 Morgan St., marked its 75th anniversary. The Rev. Lester Driftmyer, pastor, spoke on “Keeping faith.”