Tonawanda News — 2002 — 10 years ago
• After two years of fundraising, a group of Olcott residents finally saw the Allen Herschell carousel they had purchased in Culver, Indiana loaded onto a tractor trailer ready for the trip back to Niagara County.
• North Tonawanda resident Karl W. Koch was the guest of honor during the Iney Wallens radio show in Niagara Falls when he marked his 96th birthday with friends. Koch was a skilled pianist who had played with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland.
1987 — 25 years ago
• New information released by the Department of Defense on soldiers missing in Southeast Asia shed some light on Army 1st Class James Rozo of Tonawanda. He was last seen in June 1970 while on patrol with two other men. The truck they were in was ambushed and found in a ditch. 3 men were captured and one died of his injuries.
• North Tonawanda asked the N.Y.S. Department of Transportation to lower the speed limit on the Twin City Memorial Highway from 45 to 30 in an effort to reduce the number of accidents on the road.
1962 — 50 years ago
• The Erie County Board of Supervisors received a recommendation from local and county parks personnel to rename the small boat launching site in Tonawanda “Isle View Park” and to call the flowerbed at the entrance to the park “Plewak Gardens” in memory of the late Walter Plewak.
• Area residents that successfully completed the New York bar examination were Peter Cook and Melvin Hurwitz of Kenmore and Robert Nicely and Miles Lance of North Tonawanda.
1942 — 70 years ago
• NT Detective Sgt. Norris Gillespie was granted leave by the common council to pilot transporting vessels through the Barge Canal to Albany.
• Volunteers were sought to enroll in a 76 hour course for child care aides for proposed North Tonawanda day nurseries.