40 Years Ago, Dec. 20, 1972
It's a real Christmas
The Huth Road Elementary School children are continuing a seven-year old tradition of donating their pennies to the Buffalo Evening News-Rotary Club Crippled Children's Fund. The collection each year has been sponsored by Mrs. Fontana's fifth-grade class with large response from all of the Huth Road family. Mrs. Fontana's students have learned both joy of giving and the responsibility of stewardship. It is generally agreed around school that giving the gift of hope to children who are more handicapped than themselves, has afforded Huth Road students a very special gift of their own. They are, indeed, keeping Christmas in their hearts and its reflected glory shines in the smiles on those proud faces.
30 Years Ago, Dec. 10, 1982
Early bar closing not dead issue here
Although the ABC Board has failed to express its opinion and the Erie County Legislature apparently hasn't the votes to approve any version of the 2 a.m. bar closing requested by most of the towns in Erie County, the Grand Island Town Board intends to keep the issue alive. Gail Lazenby, Grand Island Fire Co. first aid captain, called on the Town Board to continue pushing for the 2 a.m. hour, explaining that the number of accidents and fights that may be attributed to the late 4 a.m. tavern closing here continues to mount. Councilman Samuel D. Long stated a committee headed by State Sen. John Daly will propose a uniform statewide closing time.
20 Years Ago, Dec. 18, 1992
Master plan update ready for consideration
The first in a series of meetings to discuss the final draft of the proposed master plan update was held at 7 p.m. last night (Thursday) in the Town Hall. Copies of the final draft were distributed Monday to the planning board for study. Scheduled for 9 a.m. Jan. 9 in the Town Hall is a complete explanation of the revision by Saratoga Associates, consultants employed by the town to amend the 1970 plan for a total fee of $35,000. Changes in the current master plan were recommended by Councilman James Sharpe in May 1990. Originally, the schedule called for phase one to be completed by Dec. 31, 1992, and adoption of the update considered for approval June 30, 1991.
10 Years Ago, Dec. 20, 2002
Emergency response to terrorism: A realistic challenge for firefighters
During a Dec. 16 training seminar at Grand Island Fire headquarters, Steve Stouter, project coordinator for Buffalo's Metro-politan Medical Response system, advised firefighters that they will be an integral part of "the first line of defense" in the event of local terrorist attack. All first responders must be prepared for mass casualties that could be expected after a biological, nuclear, incendiary, chemical, or explosive event, Stouter expressed. Firefighters, paramedics, law enforcement officers, ambulance personnel, etc., must all be acutely aware of attendant risks to their own health and safety, he added. Universal precautions and/or more stringent measures must be adhered to so that emergency workers do not become unwitting victims themselves, thereby further complicating the existing problem.