40 Years Ago, Nov. 8, 1972
Islander named Lt. Colonel
William Basnett, director of operations for the 914th Tactical Airlift group, Niagara Falls, an Air Force Reserve Unit, has been promoted to lieutenant colonel, it was announced today.
Lt. Col. Basnett entered the Air Force in 1954 as a flight cadet. He completed basic jet pilot training at Laredo Air Force Base, Texas, in 1955 and won his pilot's wings and commission at that time.
He served on active duty when he became a member of the Air Force Reserve. ...
Lt. Col Basnett is married to the former Judith C. Rush of Ware Shoals, S.C. The have three daughters and two sons and reside (on) Rob Roy Park, Grand Island.
30 Years Ago, Nov. 5, 1982
Island Cable seeks to raise rates
Island Cable Inc. granted a cable TV franchise on Grand Island in November 1980, is now requesting town permission to raise its basic rate, from $7 monthly to $8.50, effective Jan. 1. ...
Revision for satellite service could result in a cost of $6.50. Also the company asks that the present connection charge of $19.95 be raised to $24.95 with second, or additional sets ... .
20 Years Ago, Nov. 6, 1992
Islanders choose Bush in record turnout
Although Bill Clinton won the bid for president over now lame duck President George Bush Tuesday, he wasn't the high vote getter on Grand Island.
Apparently Island residents were not in line with the rest of the country as the count here was 3,376 for Bush, 3,103 for Ross Perot and 2,895 for the governor of Arkansas.
However, Decision '92 brought the highest voter turnout in Grand Island history, with 9,374 or 86 percent casting their ballots. ... According to the Erie County Board of Elections, Grand Island has a total of 10,762 registered voters.
10 Years Ago, Nov. 8, 2002
St. Stephen School selected to receive hardware/software
So, you think that the only way to measure the temperature of something is to use a thermometer?
The students in grades 6-9 at St. Stephen School now have the ability to use something else. The school now has a set of 24 Palm hand-held computers, software, and a variety of probes, thanks to their computer and science teachers. ...
The middle grade students at St. Stephen can use these hand-held computers to do word processing, spreadsheet, graphing, and calculating. Special software allows the hand-held computers to collect data, generate tables and graphs. ...