Tonawanda News — 2004 — 10 years ago
• First- and third-graders at St. Mark Lutheran School in North Tonawanda won a National Accelerated Reading Contest by reading more than a million words and 2,000 books over a period of eight weeks.
• Susan Gorton and friend Sue Loeser opened Suzz Café, a new shop featuring coffee specialties, baked goods and sandwiches at the corner of Young Street and the Delaware Bridge.
1989 — 25 years ago
• The Occidental Chemical Corporation agreed to pay for all cleanup expenses in and around the Durez hazardous waste site in NT. The agreement came after six years of litigation initiated by the State Attorney General in federal court.
• Pepsi Cola dropped plans to continue ads featuring pop-star Madonna. Consumers associated the Pepsi ads with Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” music video and strongly objected to the religious imagery in the video.
1964 — 50 years ago
• No paper published.
1944 — 70 years ago
• Mrs. Nettie Thiele, 341 Goundry St., received the Purple Heart awarded posthumously to her son, Pfc. Roy Thiele, who was killed in Italy. Pfc. Thiele entered the army in June 1942, then going overseas to North Africa, Sicily and finally Italy where on the bloody road to Rome he was killed in action.
• Two Twin City girls were on the “Dean’s List” for the semester at Ohio Wesleyan, Delaware, Ohio. They were Jean Alice Loman of 48 Mullen St., and Marylou Fick of 64 Niagara St., North Tonawanda. Miss Loman was studying to be a laboratory technician and Miss Fick was studying to be a fashion illustrator.