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Let's Go Back for Aug. 17, 2012

by Alex
Sat, Aug 18th 2012 07:00 am

40 Years Ago, Aug. 23, 1972

At long last, compromise shapes up

... Members of the Grand Island School Board and the administrative staff met in session with Congressman Henry P. Smith III during Monday night's meeting for discussion of the disposal of the long disputed Nike site .... He urged the interested parties to seek a working compromise....

...A spokesman for the school interest pointed out that the school believes that emphasis has moved away from park lands and towards the necessity for additional vocational education facilities...

... the town's Republican councilmen... believe that the town's need for water facilities is an equally strong claim to the facility.

...Congressman Smith has agreed to arrange a meeting sometime after Labor Day between local representatives and the general services administration.

30 Years Ago, Aug. 20, 1982

Bar closing gets bipartisan support

...Monday's public hearing (regarding tavern closing times returning to 2 a.m.), scheduled to obtain resident and barkeeper input about the issue, was well attended.

...State Sen. John B. Daly... assured leaders he was in sympathy with what is fast becoming a county-wide agreement with the Town Board's July 19 resolution. "What we need is to have (the resolution) established throughout the state...," he said...

Valerie Leuthe, aide for Assemblywoman Carol A. Siwek, Richard Tobe, representing Assemblyman William B. Hoyt ... and William Payne, speaking for Sheriff Kenneth G. Braun ... also offered the support of their employers...

...A complete report of Monday's hearing here was presented by Supervisor LaVerne C. Luther at Wednesday's 10 a.m. meeting.

20 Years Ago, Aug. 21, 1992

Master plan in process of update

The Grand Island master plan, in the process of being updated since March 1990, will be undergoing some changes if the town board agrees with the majority of residents who spoke at the public information meeting Aug. 13... .

...The plan as it now stands includes creating a "neoclassical" village center in the middle of town, featuring stores, a post office, the Town Hall and a park-like setting. Two loop roads would aid in relieving any traffic the center would generate.

A proposed recreation master plan, which includes recommendations for developing Veterans Park on Bedell Road, was better received.

10 Years Ago, Aug. 23, 2002

Guv, Senecas sign pact on Buffalo, NF casinos

... Gov. George E. Pataki joined Seneca Nation President Cylus Schindler in signing a Nation-State Gaming Compact that will enable the Seneca Nation to open up three Class III gaming facilities- one in Buffalo, a second at the Niagara Falls Convention Center and a third on existing Seneca territory.

The casinos will boost economic activity in Western New York by providing real competition with similar facilities in Niagara Falls, Ontario, which has seen tremendous redevelopment spurred by the construction of casinos.

...Under the terms of the compact, the state will receive a portion of the proceeds from electronic gaming devices, including slot machines... and once a permanent casino... is operational, the Nation will pay off the balance of the convention center debt that was outstanding as of April 1.

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