Tonawanda News — 2003 — 10 years ago
• Earl Cottrell and Bill Lipczynski of Rescue Co. No. 5 voiced their dissatisfaction with the recommendation of the city’s recent fire study to move Engine No. 5 from Strad Avenue to Nash Road.
• The lights on Broadway were all set to be dimmed in honor of four-time Academy Award winning actress Katherine Hepburn who had died at age 96.
1988 — 25 years ago
• The Allan C. Hill Great American Circus raised its big top in the field adjacent to Tonawanda City Hall.
• ‘Taps’ was sounded in Fort Erie, Ontario, as U.S. and Canadian soldiers stood side by side on a shaded lawn where their predecessors traded musket fire 174 years earlier during the War of 1812.
1963 — 50 years ago
• The Rev. Matthew A. Pushkar of Pittsburgh preached his first sermon as the new pastor of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on East Felton Street.
• Matt Piorkowski presented his Twilight Accordian Band at the 3rd annual Accordian Concert in Pine Woods Park. The youthful accordionists included: Pat Kutianski, Dennis Socha, Annette Panek, Rosemary Schmieder, and Larry Wesolowski.
1943 — 70 years ago
• Douglas Brawley, son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Brawley of 169 Elmwood Park West, attained an honor never before attained by a student at Tonawanda High School by being the unanimous choice of the faculty for membership in the National Honor Society. A junior in the South Side school, he was one of five in his class to be chosen to the society. He was manager of the school swimming team.
• The Rev. and Mrs. Carl Frankenstein were honored guests at a delightful surprise party at their home in Wheatfield Street, the occasion having been their 30th wedding anniversary. Supper was served in the garden for 30 relatives and friends.