40 Years Ago, May 24, 1972
Middle school community plants hope
Through the cooperative efforts of interested citizens, the Grand Island Middle School has taken on a new look.
Members of Boy Scout Troop 579 planted 150 trees on the school site. Under the direction of Mr. Amato, their Scout leader, the boys set a whole Erie County Extension service package into the ground. These are in addition to the 12 sycamore trees planted by the Grand Island Kiwanis Club.
The school district's maintenance department prepared the ground for the planting, and the Middle School Student Council and the PTA offered $600 for the purchase of additional trees and shrubs. On May 19, Mr. Sherief and his class of ecology students prepared the soil and on May 20, teachers, parents, and students turned out in full force to take an active part in the planting.
The plants and plans came from Mark's Nursery and ground covers were donated by local garden clubs.
30 Years Ago, May 21, 1982
Cannon Design moves ahead
Cannon Design on Whitehaven Road has merged with Drake Partnerships of St. Louis and Faulkner Design of Washington, D.C., to form a new company to be known as the Cannon Group.
Cannon is the largest architectural and engineering firm in Western New York and prominent throughout the country. The merger will help the company obtain and carry out work for the federal government. Federal regulations have prevented it from receiving many government commissions in places where it previously did not have an office.
John D. Cannon is to head the new group as well as continue as president and chief executive officer at Cannon Design on Grand Island. Cannon Group, established as a holding company in charge of three firms, will have its headquarters here. ...
20 Years Ago, May 29, 1992
Community playground to be constructed
Thanks to the enthusiasm and zeal of a group of dedicated parents, the community playground at Huth Road is on the road to reality, with the first construction phase scheduled for fall.
From pennies (more than $1,100 worth) to hot dog sales to the crafters show this weekend, these dedicated workers are investing much time and effort to make sure that when the playground is finally built, it will be safe, attractive and open to all children.
Inspired by community-built playgrounds in surrounding towns, the original committee, encouraged by Principal Peg Koppmann, began their research two summers ago. They visited eight schools, talked with 15 districts and brought vendors in to display their wares. The core group, about 10 members, spent one year doing their homework, before deciding on Baughman Bros., distributors for Timberform, a wood timber with steel component structure. ...
The material used requires less maintenance (no treating or painting), is durable, has a 10-year guarantee on equipment, liability insurance during construction, and a yearly inspection. Community members will erect the structure, which is pre-cut and pre-drilled, with company supervision. The playground can be expanded easily and will be a continuation of the established one, provided by the Huth Road PTA in 1985. ...
10 Years Ago, May 24, 2002
Grinders Skatepark opening to be delayed
Grinders Skatepark will not be opening this weekend due to setbacks in construction as a result of the inclement weather of late. "We are looking to be open within the next two weeks as the forecast seems to be cooperating," said Grinders.
Construction has moved forward quite a bit this week alone, as crews from Vertical Skateparks and John Mukulski Contracting play catch-up now that drier weather has returned.
Ticket office operations could begin as early as this weekend, which would allow skateboarders, inline skaters and BMX bikers the opportunity to get their liability waivers on file in advance, as well as purchase discount books for daily passes. ....