40 Years Ago, Nov. 3, 1971
Happy Birthday, Mrs. DeGlopper
Florence DeGlopper will celebrate her 85th birthday tomorrow. Mrs. DeGlopper has been an Island resident for most of those years and she has taken in stride the changes, that of necessity, have marked her more than four score years.
Whether it is good-humored patience, or her continued knowledge that her services are still required and appreciated that keep her spirit young and her hands willing, we can't be sure. Maybe it's a good quantity of both. At any rate she really enjoys her outings with the Golden Age Club and is an avid pinochle fan. She crochets and gardens. Most of all she still turns her hand at baking pies and cookies, and her very famous kuchen. ...
Mrs. DeGlopper was honored at a family party held in the home of her son, Walter, and his wife, Hazel, on Ferry Road.
30 Years Ago, Oct. 30, 1981
No toxic water here, state official claims
There is absolutely no evidence that drinking water taken from the Niagara River or Lake Erie contains toxins, a State Health Department aide announced last Friday.
Louis M. Violanti, regional engineer and head of the Buffalo office of the state department, said tests have been conducted and "absolutely nothing," he said.
The New York Public Interest Research Group's study earlier claimed water from the Niagara north of the Buffalo intake was potentially contaminated by toxic chemicals and was a threat to Tonawanda and Niagara Falls residents.
Water Authority officials denied the NYPIRG charges, insisting drinking water supplied to county residents is tested regularly and found safe. The same holds true of water delivered to Grand Island residents, Harold P. Long, town superintendent of sewer and water, also insists. All Island water comes from the west branch of the Niagara, far upstream from the Niagara Falls chemical companies.
20 Years Ago, Nov. 9, 1991
Approved GI budget projects 90% tax rise
The $3,042,936 general fund budget approved Wednesday by the Town Board projects a tax rate of $1.61 per thousand of assessed valuation, about 90 percent more than the current 85 cents per thousand.
Questioned, and sometimes protested, by six taxpayers at the public hearing that preceded the approval, were items included in the general fund, as well as some sewer, water and highway department's budgets.
Among items under attack were the fire company contract, a public relations fund and even the low cost of lunches served to senior citizens at the Golden Age Center.
"I believe we have cut as much we could," (Supervisor James) Pax said before casting his vote to approve 1992 spending in all areas.
10 Years Ago, Nov. 2, 2001
Island of yesterday paved way for today
Grand Island's 150th birthday is getting closer, but the celebration is already beginning.
Plans for the sesquicentennial started close to a year ago. Saturday, Oct. 27, was the date of the first official event of the Sesquicentennial 2002 Bash.The Scubiduck Regatta, organized by Linda Tufillaro, supervisor of the GI Recreation Department, was held on the East Niagara River, near the South Grand Island Bridge. According to Tufillaro, 372 ducks were purchased, with the proceeds to go towards future sesquicentennial activities. ...