Weekly Feature

2017-12-07 / Editorials

Out of the Past

55 Years Ago Dec. 13, 1962

AIRPORT CONSULTANTS — Consultant Albert E. Blomquist, hired by the towns of Cheektowaga and Amherst, said the Greater Buffalo International Airport, Genesee and Dick, Cheektowaga, was too small to be a major port if kept in its current site.

The Niagara Frontier Port Authority planned to expand the single runway there to accept jet aircraft in 1963.

TEACHERS LIST COMPLAINTS — The Sloan Board of Education received an unsigned list of grievances, believed to be from some district teachers, saying that the teaching load was too high, the length of the school day and busing situation should be clarified, and lost class time was reflecting in the students’ education.

FIRE DISTRICT ELECTIONS — Casimer Piotrowski was elected to his 23rd term as chief and Thaddeus Klosko was elected to his 14th term as president of the Doyle Volunteer Hose Company No. 1, William and Alaska.

35 Years Ago Dec. 2, 1982

MOVING FORWARD — Work on Cheektowaga’s new Historical Museum is progressing on schedule, and barring any complications, a spring 1983 opening is being eyed, Charles Evingham, chairman of the museum board of directors, said Monday.

NOT A FAIR SHAKE — Erie County Legislator Shirley C. Stolarski has charged the Town of Cheektowaga was ignored by the Erie County Department of Senior Services in respect to the award of a $25,000 senior citizen grant.

GREAT MEMORIES — Harry A. Kindervatter, managing director of Dale Carnegie Courses, Leadership Training Institute of Western New York, recently was a guest speaker in the Principles of Retail Management class at Villa Maria College.

Kindervatter shared his knowledge and experience on memory techniques and how developing a good memory can improve job performance and increase self-confidence.

25 Years Ago Dec. 10, 1992

DEMOLITION DAY — Demolition of the former Immaculate Heart of Mary Home for Children at 2600 William St., Cheektowaga, heavily damaged by fire Nov. 13, will not be held up by the building’s “historical significance.”

GET THE PARTY STARTED — The just-formed New Era Party recently picked candidates for the March 1992 Village of Sloan elections.

Former Sloan Mayor and ex-Cheektowaga Town Democratic Committee Chairman Bernard J. Wojtkowiak will again run for that office. Life-long village residents Joseph Stewart and Patricia Jaroszewski will run for trustee, their first attempts at Sloan offices.

Nine Years Ago Nov. 27, 2008

LOTTERY WINNER — Cheektowaga resident Carolyn Blackmon has a new husband, a new job and her 32nd birthday to be thankful for this Thanksgiving — not to mention the $1 million she recently won on a New York State Lottery scratch-off.

One Year Ago Dec. 1, 2016

BRING ON THE RIDE SHARING — There has been a steady push by upstate legislators to expand ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft to the entire state of New York. Now, the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police is joining that fight.

Cheektowaga Police Chief David Zack, who is also president of NYSACOP, wrote a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday expressing the need for ride-sharing applications in Western and upstate New York. At present, ride-sharing is legal only in New York City.

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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