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May 17, 2013

Do You Remember May 17?

Tonawanda News — 2003 — 10 years ago 

• Brand new 95 gallon garbage totes were being delivered to residents of North Tonawanda as the new garbage collection program was set to begin.

• Local author Diane Meholick wrote a book entitled “Painting Katherine” which was set at the Riviera Theatre and other North Tonawanda venues.

1988 —  25 years ago

• North Tonawanda received a state grant to purchase the former Tonawanda Ironworks property on River Road so as to expand Fisherman’s Park.

Fred Falkowski, a graduate of St. Joseph’s Collegiate, was awarded a varsity letter as a member of the University of Rochester’s baseball team.

1963 — 50 years ago

• Four Twin City Navy men were members of the vast recovery team that went into action when Astronaut Gordon Cooper space capsule splashed into the Pacific Ocean. They were Donald H. Livingston, Kenneth L. Kumm, Ronald L. Crelot and Ronald L. Allen.

Edwin Oyen of the Town of Tonawanda was named Angler of the Year. He was the originator of the “fishing flag” that was designed to warn other boaters in the area that there was a hook and line in service.

1943 — 70 years ago

• Several Curtiss War-Hawk planes were christened locally with names reflecting local place names like Barker Bullet, Middleport Gremlin Dodger, Gasport, Lockport Lightning and Niagara Night Hawk.

• One hundred and twenty-five pupils of the fifth grades of the Tonawandas’ elementary schools were preparing folk songs from several lands as their contribution to the music festival to be held at Kibler High School.

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