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2017-09-14 / Editorials

Out of the Past

55 Years Ago Sept. 20, 1962

NEW BRANCH APPROVED — The Cheektowaga Town Board approved locating a new branch library on William Street at the corner of Walkowiak Street in the south part of town upon recommendation of the town Library Board. The Town Board also approved a rezoning for a small grocery store at William and Glidden.

REQUEST DENIED — Gov. Nelson Rockefeller refused to veto the minutes of the Niagara Frontier Port Authority meeting discussing the landing of jet planes at the Greater Buffalo International Airport on Genesee Street in Cheektowaga, despite the town’s request that he do so.

35 Years Ago Sept. 9, 1982

FINISHING TOUCHES — Staff from the Cheektowaga Department of Senior Services will move into headquarters in the new Senior Center adjacent to Town Hall next week, Patricia Wojcik, director, said Tuesday.

SEWER FUNDING DIP — Erie County residents will lose $9.7 million in state funding for sewer plant operation and maintenance over two years because of the failure by the state legislature to live up to its commitment, Executive Edward Rutkowski said last week.

25 Years Ago Sept. 17, 1992

HAPPY BIRTHDAY — As the Cheektowaga Senior Citizen Center, 3349 Broadway, approaches its 10th anniversary Oct. 4, it seems that it could almost take that much time to list the services offered.

PRIMARY RESULTS — Cheektowaga’s Dennis Gorski was an almost 2-1 winner in the Democratic primary for the 30th District House of Representatives seat vacated by the retiring Henry J. Nowak Tuesday.

TAX RATE BACK DOWN — The Maryvale Board of Education approved a 1992-93 tax rate last week lower than the one passed by district voters in June.

CENTRAL SETTLES — A more-than $100,000 settlement of the sewer chamber lawsuit between the Cheektowaga Central School District and the Town Board was unanimously approved by the board of education Monday.

Nine Years Ago Sept. 4, 2008

FIRE TOWER A GO — During a special session Sept. 4, the Erie County Legislature approved contract bids for two firms to begin construction of a new live-burn tower at the Fire Training Facility on Broadway.

LOAN FRAUD — Thanks to some handiwork by State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, college-bound high school seniors in New York State will have a much safer way of borrowing money for college. And with the help of Rep. Brian Higgins, the same can now be said for the entire country.

One Year Ago Sept. 15, 2016

MAYOR STEPPING ASIDE — The Sloan Village Board meeting Tuesday night proceeded like any other through the first 20 minutes. The last two minutes, however, were hardly routine. Mayor James T. Niwinski, who has held the post since 2012, announced he would not seek re-election and would step away as mayor when his term ends in March. Niwinski cited the pressures of juggling his duties as mayor with his job as a correctional officer at Wyoming Correctional Facility in Attica and his growing need to care for his 93-year-old father.

FROM DOWNTOWN — Cleveland Hill fifth- and sixth-graders will be experiencing a new type of distance learning this November.

The district’s technology director, Larry King, has played a role in setting up a program with London schools. Developments have been in the works since April after meetings with the New York State Distance Learning Consortium.

Do you have a memory of the Cheektowaga area you would like to share with Bee readers? Send it to “Out of the Past,” Cheektowaga Bee, 5564 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14221.

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