Weekly Feature

2018-02-08 / Editorials

Out of the Past

55 Years Ago Feb. 13, 1963

SAY NO TO JETS — The towns of Cheektowaga and Amherst filed for an injunction in State Supreme Court to stop the proposed extension of the runway at the Greater Buffalo International Airport, Genesee and Dick, Cheektowaga, to be performed by the Niagara Frontier Port Authority. The towns claimed that jet operations at the airport would be unsafe, noisy and depreciate property values.

NO LUCK — Supervisor Benedict T. Holtz was told by federal officials that no funds were currently available for disposal plant improvements and additions to Town Hall in Cheektowaga, during a visit to Washington, D.C.

35 Years Ago Feb. 3, 1983

DARTWOOD VANDALISM — Vandals who jammed a lock at the Dartwood Community Center on Autumnwood Dr. forced the cancelation of activities there Monday evening.

BIG BLOCK OF CHEESE DAY — Patricia Wojcik, coordinator of the Cheektowaga Department of Senior Services, is scheduled to meet today with representatives of the Community Action Organization (CAO) to finalize plans for distribution of free cheese in town.

Mrs. Wojcik said Monday she will ask for 6,000 pounds of processed American cheese, which would serve about 1,200 people. Last year, the town received 4,500 pounds and was able to process 900 applicants.

25 Years Ago Feb. 11, 1993

CENTRAL EXEMPTION RAISED — The Cheektowaga Central Board of Education upped the district’s senior citizen tax exemption levels Monday.

The exemption levels, based on household income, were increased to: $15,000, 50 percent; and a sliding scale down to $18,600, with a 5 percent decrease in exemption per $600, resulting in a 20 percent exemption at $18,600. The new level takes effect for the 1994-95 school year.

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK — If the response at Kolbe Catholic Regional School, 120 Alexander Ave., Cheektowaga, was any indication, this year’s Catholic Schools Week was a roaring success.

This year’s theme was “Good News in Education,” and principal Sister Loriette, CSSF said the Feb. 1-6 event went well.

10 Years Ago Jan. 29, 2008

STATE OF THE TOWN — In the annual State of the Town address, Supervisor Mary Holtz said the accomplishments achieved in 2008 will be an asset to the town’s immediate future.

During the presentation, held at the Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Jan. 22, she noted that the town’s continued work in eliminating unsafe and vacant houses will be high on the board’s list of priorities for the next several years.

One Year Ago Feb. 9, 2017

TOWER TROUBLE — A growing group of Cheektowaga residents are hoping to stop the construction of a 10-story cell tower at neighborhood softball and baseball diamonds, and it appears their persistence might be paying off.

Approximately 30 residents gathered Feb. 2 at the Julia Boyer Reinstein Library to discuss Up State Tower Co. and Blue Wireless’ plan to construct the 135-foot tower at the Southline Athletic Association baseball and softball complex on North Seine Drive.

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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