40 Years Ago, Dec. 27, 1972
Homecoming marred by Viking loss
Grand Island's Vikings bowed to Amherst on their home court Tuesday, Dec.19, as the visitors defeated them 70-46 in their Homecoming game. The JV likewise suffered defeat, 77-38.
In spite of the loss, the Vikings Mike Rodriguez was the game's high scorer with 23 points. Amherst received honorable mention in this week's state poll. The Vikings play Cardinal Dougherty High School at the gym on Thursday, Dec. 28.
30 Years Ago, Dec. 24, 1982
Town Board favors ice boom
If a Grand Island resolution approved 5-0 Monday has majority support elsewhere in the area, the ice boom at the mouth of the Niagara River will continue to be installed each winter and removed in the spring.
The board's resolution, urged by Councilman Samuel D. Long, should be good news to Islanders who remember ice jams and subsequent damage to their property here prior to 1963, when the boom was first placed into service. Docks, piers and riverfront homes were heavily damaged when the lake ice made its way to the Niagara, not only creating havoc here, but flooding Cayuga Island and threatening the entire area's power supply. ...
A statement issued by the International Joint Commission in July 1980 on the indefinite extension of the termination date also may have had some bearing on the board's decision to favor continuation of the facility. It reported studies carried out by the International Niagara Board of Control and other experts confirmed "the boom has had no significant effect on the length of the ice season on Lake Erie."
20 Years Ago, Dec. 31, 1992
Refuse collection to change for some Islanders
The recently approved Grand Island Recycling Law becomes effective tomorrow, Jan. 1, and so does the collection for some residents.
A guide to recycling issued by the town notes that waste and recyclables will be picked up at the curb "on Tuesdays on Staley Road and all streets south; on Wednesdays on streets north of Staley Road and west of Stony Point Road, and Fridays on Stony Point north of Staley, Queens Road and all streets east."
... "All garbage and recyclables should be placed out for collection by 7 a.m. on your scheduled day, but not sooner than 24 hours before," residents are advised. "All streets are covered once only."
10 Years Ago, Dec. 27, 2002
Sesquicentennial time capsule burial to wrap up celebration
And then there was one. That is one event remaining in what has been a memorable year-plus celebration for Grand Island's 150th birthday. It all started with a Duck Regatta in late November 2001, and it will end in the middle of the town in exactly four days.
The Town of Grand Island will end its yearlong sesquicentennial celebration with the burial of a time capsule at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road.
"The capsule contains numerous items which we hope future generations will find interesting and valuable," said Town Supervisor Peter McMahon.
"A complete set of aerial photographs, a list of all property owners and the 2002 assessed values of every piece of property are among the items we placed in the capsule," he added.
"We hope that the bicentennial committee will unearth the capsule 49 years from today. ... They will know what we did here, in 2002, to celebrate our 150th birthday. ... Hopefully the materials will help them plan for a successful celebration of the community's 200th birthday," McMahon said.