Out of the Past
53 Years Ago Feb. 19, 1959
DAMAGED — A fire caused $100,000 damage to businesses in the Cleveland Hill Plaza. The fire, which badly damaged three stores, was reported to have started in the rear of the Cleveland Hill Drug Company after a hot plate was plugged in.
OPENED — Fifteen companies were at the Cheektowaga Town Board meeting when the board opened bids for Sewer District No. 5. The low bidder was the CMH Company for $86,251.50, and the highest bid was $148,760.42.
DEFEATED — Sloan High School beat Depew, 52-37, in boys varsity basketball play. Bill Cwiczewicz led the Bruins with 14 points, while Jim Bobeck and Ron Baginski each scored 13.
43 Years Ago Feb. 20, 1969
POSTPONED — The Cheektowaga Town Board postponed granting a dance hall license to a Walden Avenue location to allow further study by motel owners present at the last hearing.
SOLD — The Maryvale Board of Education sold the former Cayuga Road School property to Emil Palame of Treehaven Road, Cheektowaga. He planned to operate a computer school in the building.
COMPLAINED — Town residents complained traffic was poorly controlled in Cheektowaga, especially on Eggert Road. Police Chief Benedict Kostrzewski said he would make sure Eggert would be radar patrolled for longer periods of time.
25 Years Ago Feb. 19, 1987
ANNOUNCED — Assemblyman Dennis Gorski, D-Cheektowaga, announced the New York State Department of Transportation will award contracts soon for the removal of an abandoned railroad overpass, and for the resurfacing of 1.2 miles of Walden Avenue. “The overpass is a general hazard and safety problem,” said Gorski. “It needs clarification and restructuring.”
STRESSED — Calling his tenure a “championship season,” Erie County Executive Edward Rutkowski stressed accountability and fiscal responsibility addressing the Depew/Cheektowaga Taxpayers Association. Many of the 75 people present were virtually spellbound by the county executive’s smooth delivery, football references and sense of humor.
INSPIRED — When people think of college sports, they often think of inspired home crowds, led by cheerleaders or mascots at schools like the University of Southern California or Texas. But right here in Western New York, Maryvale High School graduate Tim Miller, formerly of Applewood Road, Cheektowaga, gets the fans and players going as the Bengal at Buffalo State College football and basketball games.
SCHOLARSHIP — Heidi Steckstor, 19, will dribble her way to Daemen College next fall on a full basketball scholarship. Steckstor is presently a guard-forward on the Erie Community College Lady Kats basketball team. She is playing her second season at ECC and averages 20.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.
One Year Ago Feb. 17, 2011
RESIGNED — Michael Mason’s tenure with the Maryvale Board of Education lasted less than a year. After winning an uncontested election to a five-year term last spring, Mason unexpectedly resigned his post effective Feb. 2. The board accepted his resignation without comment during Monday’s meeting.
CANDIDACY — Paul Piotrowski is clearing his slate to focus on this year’s Cheektowaga Town Justice election. The Cheektowaga Town Prosecutor announced his resignation on Tuesday and submitted his letter to the Town Board. Last month, Piotrowski declared his candidacy for the justice position currently held by Thomas Kolbert. Piotrowski was a town prosecutor for four years
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