Weekly Feature

2018-01-11 / Editorials

Out of the Past

55 Years Ago Jan. 17, 1963

OVERCROWDING — The School District No. 9 (Cheektowaga-Sloan) Board of Education received a letter from the Civic Betterment League, criticizing overcrowded buses to and from John F. Kennedy Junior-Senior High School, 305 Cayuga Creek Road, the dangers to students walking to and from school, and the lateness of the completion of work on the new school.

CLEVE HILL CAGERS — Mickey Cugini scored 13 points to lead Cleveland Hill High School boys varsity basketball to a 42-39 win over Lancaster.

35 Years Ago Jan. 6, 1983

SALARIES — The Cheektowaga Town Board Monday adopted a three percent pay increase for full-time employees, while keeping the salaries of the six councilmen, supervisor and part-time workers at the 1982 rate.

BETHLEHEM STEEL SHUTTERED — When the announcement was made Bethlehem Steel Corp. would be shutting down operations in Lackawanna, the walls came crashing down for 7,300 employees who were told they would soon be without jobs.

The closing of Bethlehem boils down to more than numbers. It involves names and faces in our own community as the steelmakers are finding they no longer have a time card to punch.

25 Years Ago Jan. 14, 1993

SKATELAND CHANGING TUNE — The operator of the Skateland roller rink at the Thruway Mall, Walden and Harlem, Cheektowaga, is trying to bring families back to the facility by making “tons of changes.”

Joe Paolini, who formerly operated the Hamburg Roller Rink, is going for a “family approach,” including the elimination of rap and sexually oriented music from all sessions.

PIN PERFECT — Cheektowaga Central High School varsity bowler Tim Frier recently reached the pinnacle of his sport: a 300 game.

Frier, a senior, bowled his first 300 game Monday at the Thruway Lanes as Central defeated Holland 10-1, to raise the Warriors’ record to 22-11, according to coach Kevin Popalowski.

The 300 game was part of Frier’s 689 three-game set and raised his average from 171 to 190, after last year’s 186 average. He plans to attend Wichita State College and hopes to bowl for the school.

Nine Years Ago Jan. 1, 2009

THE RUMBLE AT THE REGAL — It may have been Christmas, but the holiday spirit was lost in the shuffle last Thursday when several fights occurred in front of the Regal Cinemas at the Walden Galleria.

Police Capt. John Glascott said the scuffles began when more than 100 people were waiting to enter the theaters as the ongoing movies were ending.

One Year Ago Jan. 12, 2017

DISSOLUTION VOTE — Residents and elected officials had their final say on the prospect of dissolution at Monday night’s Depew Village Board meeting, the last opportunity to conduct official business before the vote on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

The majority of those in attendance advised the board that they were against dissolution.

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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