Tonawanda News — 2003 — 10 years ago
• The Strasberg sock was making a big difference in the lives of seamstress sisters Terry Merchant of Wheatfield and Sandra Hume of North Tonawanda. Sales of the sock, invented by postal supervisor Terry Strasberg to relieve heel spur syndrome, took off after an article appeared in “Runners World” in January.
• A group of Town of Tonawanda residents banded together to protest a Peace Bridge expansion project alternative. It would put a span across the Niagara from the town’s small boat harbor to MacKenzie’s Crossing near Ft. Erie, Canada.
1988 — 25 years ago
• John Farfaglia, a Niagara County Cooperative Extension horticulturalist, conducted a master gardener class at the North Tonawanda Botanical Gardens.
• The three daughters of Paul and Peggy Emerick of North Tonawanda, Karen, Theresa, and Patricia Emerick, were each named to the dean’s list at area colleges.
1963 — 50 years ago
• Tonawanda High School Principal Robert Smith announced that Donald A. Wehrung was the 1963 class valedictorian and Ernest Salmon was the 1963 Salutatorian.
• Template Layout Associates purchased an acre of Tonawanda city-owned land on Hackett Drive. Peerless Heating purchased a city-owned lot on Fillmore Ave.
1943 — 70 years ago
• A 26-year-old Pennsylvanian who broke out of the Elk County jail at Ridgeway, Pa., was nabbed by North Tonawanda police early this morning as he was leaving a Main Street saloon.
• Curbside collection of ash and garbage was to begin in North Tonawanda. The new collection schedule would also see the introduction of 2 new modern sanitary cleaners which were equipped with a hydraulic device inside which shovels the refuse to the front of the vehicle.