Tonawanda News —
2004 - 10 years ago
• Edythe Gath’s first grade class at St. John Lutheran School in North Tonawanda took first place in the school’s Great Drag Race Reading Adventure.
• American Idol crooner and finalist John Stevens was welcomed back to Williamsville East High School at a school assembly where the principal declared it “John Stevens Day.”
1989 - 25 years ago
• Alexander Mogilny, a 20-year-old member of the Soviet National Hockey Team, was considered to be one of the best youth hockey players in the world. He defected and sought asylum in the U.S. and was ready to sign with the Buffalo Sabres.
• Wendy Goelz was one of 18 girls on the U.S. National Short Track Skating Team. She spent four months traveling with the team throughout Europe under the sponsorship of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
1964 - 50 years ago
• The Tonawanda Board of Education informally agreed to grant all school employees a $100 across the board pay increase.
• Witkop and Holmes announced the arrival of whiskey barrel swivel chairs to compliment other game room accessories sold at its store.
1944 - 70 years ago
• Tonawandas District Scoutmaster Training Course graduated 43 trainees, returning to their troops better qualified to lead younger Scouts. The men made up the largest enrollment of any similar course in Erie County.
• Marjorie L Hall, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Wilfred H. Hall of Elmwood Park, a junior at University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, was installed as president of the Women’s War Council and president of the Board of Governors of the Michigan League. She also received the Ethel A. McCormick scholarship given annually to the most outstanding junior class woman.