Out of the Past
55 Years Ago April 26, 1962
REINFORCEMENTS — Cheektowagans opposing the extension of runways at the Greater Buffalo International Airport, Genesee and Dick, for jet aircraft usage were joined by 6,000 Monroe County residents opposing the same for the Rochester Airport.
STUDENT-BUILT SUCCESS — Sloan High School sophomore Ronald Lukowski built a stroboscope, an instrument for viewing moving objects so they appear stationary, in his school workshop, taught by Charles Mieznikowski.
INSTALLATION — Art Grecco was installed as president, Rudy Santa Maria vice president and Sam Tadio secretary of the Columbian Club on Union Road, Cheektowaga.
35 Years Ago April 22, 1982
SEWER CHARGES — The Cheektowaga Town Board voted Monday to support legislation that would require the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to pay for Greater Buffalo International Airport’s use of sanitary sewers.
Under the Public Authorities Law, the NFTA is exempt from town taxes and assessments, and residents in Sanitary Sewer District No. 5 have had to bear the cost of airport sewage treatment.
GOLDEN BOY — Cheektowaga became a household word at Lake Placid and Cambridge, Ontario this winter, thanks to speed skater Robert Pfeil.
Pfeil, a 30-year resident of Cheektowaga, entered four outdoor races at the Senior Olympics, the 200, 500, 1000 and 1500 meter events, and skated away with four gold medals.
25 Years Ago April 23, 1992
PICKETING PROBLEMS — Residential picketing in Cheektowaga is now a punishable offense after the Town Board approved a local law against it Monday.
Picketing of a person’s home is now a violation, punishable by up to 15 days in jail and a fine of up to $500, and will not protect a house from which a business is operated, according to Councilman Patricia A. Jaworowicz, the bill’s sponsor.
SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW — One person connected with Cheektowaga “moving in a new direction” in both business and community affairs is William E. Scarafia.
Best known as president and chief executive officer of the Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce, he is active with the Lions Club and is a former member of the Cheektowaga Patriotic Commission.
Nine Years Ago April 17, 2008
CELEBRITY CHEF — A 1971 graduate of Cheektowaga Central believes you should discard the notion of not playing with your food. In fact, playing with food is what he does for a living — in addition to teaching others to do the same.
Norman Hart of Depew was named the 2008 American Culinary Federation Toque to Toque Champion during the 2008 Northeast Regional Conference held from April 5 to 7 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza in Cincinnati.
One Year Ago April 21, 2016
TRIPLE THREAT — The McIntosh sisters proved that three is better than one during Cleveland Hill’s softball game with Mount St. Mary Saturday, as Megan, Emily and Ally McIntosh all doubled to help the Lady Eagles produce a 4-2 non-league victory.
“I’m pretty sure I’ve never had three sisters all on the same team, let alone each of them hit a double in the same game,” coach Justin Ditzel said.
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