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April 25, 2014

Do You Remember April 25?

Tonawanda News — 2004 - 10 years ago

• Tonawanda resident John Hopkins took part in a Canadian pro-marijuana smoke-out at the center of the Rainbow Bridge – suggesting it might be high time to legalize marijuana.

• The Rev. John Posiewala, director of the Infant Jesus Shrine in North Tonawanda, led an outdoor procession as part of a Divine Mercy Sunday celebration.

1989 - 25 years ago

• Fantasy Island was sold to the International Broadcasting Corporation. The new owners planned to expand the park and add new rides including a balloon-race ride, a sky diver thrill ride and children’s bumper cars.

• DuPont’s Yerkes Plant in the Town of Tonawanda opened a new technical research and development center. The new facility consolidated research efforts on the plants two products – Corian and Tedlar.

1964 - 50 years ago

Governor Rockefeller signed the Tonawanda Urban Renewal bill paving the way for the next phase of the $2.5 million project to move forward.

• Teens interested in dancing and music could go the just-opened Teen Village on Grand Island Boulevard and Whitehaven Road. The business offered bus rides that departed on selected evenings from Bells on Meadow Drive, the Circle in Tonawanda and from Delaware and Sheridan in the Town of Tonawanda to teens interested in going to the establishment.

1944 - 70 years ago

Mayor Myles W. Joyce was roundly criticized at the meeting of the North Tonawanda Common Council for his continued absence from Council meetings, for using the Department of Public Works vehicles and gasoline for personal work, for making no provision to send representatives to many post-war planning meetings, and for holding up the installation of water meters in commercial establishments.

• The theft of one of four automobiles stolen in Tonawanda was solved when Patrolman Allen Chester discovered two 15-year-old boys, one a resident of Tonawanda and the other of North Tonawanda, in the act of trying to steal another machine. The youths confessed to the theft of the car of Frederick Brahms from Niagara Street in front of police headquarters.

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