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Let's Go Back for April 12, 2013

by jmaloni
Thu, Apr 18th 2013 04:00 pm

40 Years Ago, April 4, 1973

Gunn Creek bridge to be replaced

School officials met last week with representatives of the Erie County highway and engineering departments and with a representative of the road construction firm in charge of replacing the bridge that crosses Gunn Creek at the intersection of East River Road, for the purpose of requesting a delay in construction until after the school year is completed in June.

Harry Hatten, interim school officer, stated that he found the county most willing to cooperate within its possible schedule. Because of contractual commitments, a delay until the closing of school was not possible, but the county officials were willing to delay the start of construction until after dismissal for the spring holiday, April 19. ...

The county expects work on the bridge to be completed in about six weeks. The target date is June 1, 1973.

30 Years Ago, April 1, 1983

Daly, Hoyt announce funding for Big Six

Sen. John B. Daly and Assemblyman William B. Hoyt announced this week that a total of $130,000 for construction and improvements at Big Six Marina has been approved in the 1983-84 state budget.

Both Daly and Hoyt said they were delighted to be able to secure the money for this project.

"The improvements and construction to be done at the Big Six Marina will make it yet another vital link in the series of launch ramps to the Niagara River, Lake Ontario and Lake Erie," Daly said. "I am hopeful that the work at the Big Six Marina will get underway as soon as possible."

Hoyt said that he was "pleased to have been able to work with Daly in getting the funding for this project," and added "bipartisan efforts such as this serve the best interests of the residents of Grand Island and our community as a whole."

20 Years Ago, April 9, 1993

Ice boom on the way out

An oversupply of ice in the lake delayed the ice boom removal until this week.

An aerial look at the situation last week still showed ice covered about 575 miles, or 29 percent of the eastern basin.

This is the 30th year the boom has been installed to lessen ice jams and maintain water flow for power production. ...

Its removal has become a harbinger of spring for Western New York, including Islanders. The earliest date was March 8, 1983, and the latest was May 14, 1971.

10 Years Ago, April 4, 2003

Area residents rally to support U.S. troops

More than 1,500 people from Erie and Niagara counties showed their colors to honor local military, currently fighting in the Middle East, during a candlelight vigil last Monday at the Summit Park Mall.

The vigil featured performances of patriotic songs, videos of military planes patrolling the American homeland and speeches by the commanders of the 107th Air Refueling Wing and the 914th Airlift Wing. ...

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