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August 17, 2013

Do You Remember Aug. 17

Tonawanda News — 2003

• Tonawanda Police Chief Cindy Young announced the hiring of two new police officers – James Eikenburg and Jamin Butcher.

• The failure to contain problems with three transmission lines in northern Ohio was considered the likely trigger to the nation’s biggest blackout ever which had occurred a few days earlier.


• At the Republican National Convention George W. Bush was nominated for President and he announced that Senator Dan Quayle would be his Vice Presidential running mate.

• The North Tonawanda Youth Center added volleyball at night to its summer program.


• A boating disaster, involving nine persons, was averted because of the alertness of Gerald Wardell, owner of Niagara Park Marina. Mr. Wardell noticed a fire break out in a 22-foot inboard cruiser owned by Douglas Hurtubise which had just set out from the marina.

• Gerald Frizzel and Richard Czerwinski were horseshoe champ and runner-up while Ronald Stacy and Richard Shepler were checkers champ and runner-up in tournaments sponsored by Tonawanda’s Recreation Department.


• Film star Lucille Ball, in response to G.I. letters from Sicily asking her to meet them at the New York dock when the war ended, said she would not only agree to do it but would even lead the victory parade.

• The Baltimore Orioles defeated the Buffalo Bisons 3 to 1 in the International League. Clyde Smoll, the pitcher, allowed 9 hits.

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