Tonawanda News — 2002 — 10 years ago
• The North Tonawanda National Little League Seniors all-star team captured the title at the NT Classic Tournament. Catcher Matthew Schaffer was named tournament MVP.
• James Barnett Jr., of North Tonawanda, was promoted to the position of assistant vice president/relationship banking manager at First Niagara Bank.
1987 — 25 years ago
• Spaulding Fibre announced that an agreement had been reached to purchase all equipment and tools at the Synthane-Taylor Company that developed and produced high pressure laminate sheet, tube and rod.
• Jonathan Broeker received his Eagle Scout Award. His scout project was doing safety and fire hazard checks in the homes of 16 elderly Tonawanda residents.
1962 — 50 years ago
• Samuel Handzuk of North Tonawanda claimed a record for the 12 1/2 pound beet that he grew in his backyard on Pioneer Drive. A number of other beets weighed 7 pounds or more.
• The Soviet Union detonated a nine-megaton nuclear device in the atmosphere in the Novaya Zemlya area of the Arctic.
1942 — 70 years ago
• Stan Rojek of North Tonawanda, current shortstop with Montreal, was ordered to report to the Brooklyn Dodgers immediately in an attempt to bolster the slipping Brooklynites. Montreal was a Brooklyn farm club.
• The Rev. Theophil Twente, the pastor of St. Peter’s Evangelical and Reformed church, was honored with a fellowship and testimonial dinner in honor of his 10 years of service at the church.