40 Years Ago, Sept. 5, 1973
The Dispatch comes home
Friday, March 3, 1944, Vol. 1 No. 1 of the Island Dispatch hit the local newsstands and from that day to this, through the ups and downs that accompany the newspaper business, the Dispatch has employed its pages in the support and enlightenment of this community.
In a front-page editorial titled "Hello Grand Island," Oliver C.B. Howard addressed the community concerning the policy of the newspaper he had founded. The editorial read:
"With this issue a new publication is born, 'The Island Dispatch.' From the word go pledged to act only in the best interests of the community that it so proudly serves, to report in its columns news without bias, and to be untiring in its efforts to help Grand Island take its rightful place as Western New York's No. 1 residential suburb."
30 Years Ago, Sept. 2, 1983
Arias to face Nastase in Glens Falls
Grand Island's 19-year-old tennis sensation, Jimmy Arias, will play an exhibition tennis match at the Glens Falls Civic Center against Ilie Nastase on Thursday, Sept. 29. The match is part of the First National Tennis Classic, sponsored by the First National Bank of Glens Falls.
Arias needs no introduction to local sports buffs. He was Tennis Magazine's rookie of the year in 1981. He has won three tournaments this year, including the Italian Open in Florence and the U.S. Clay Court Championships in Indianapolis. He has also finished second on three occasions. Arias is currently seeded ninth for the U.S. Open at Forest Hills.
20 Years Ago, Sept. 3, 1993
DEC rids Mesmer Dairy site of chemicals
The Mesmer Dairy site has been a thorn in the side of Grand Island ever since the business closed some five years ago. Impossible to secure, the building has been boarded up several times, but vandals have continued to gain access, posing major liability questions. A fire one year ago collapsed part of the structure, making it even more of a hazard. The Grand Island Fire Co. in a recent letter to the Department of Environmental Conservation requested action on the site, and the Town Board in a resolution to the DEC dating back to October 1992 asked for help in cleaning up the site.
More than 60 drums of lubricants, ammonia and corrosives were found, many leaching into the floor of the building.
10 Years Ago, Sept. 5, 2003
New vans for veterans
Over 60 different sponsors that included several veteran organizations, community businesses, as well as individual veterans throughout Western New York, helped to purchase new vans for the Disabled American Veterans Volunteer Transportation Network at the VA Western New York Healthcare System. Overall, $32,000 was raised along with matching contributions from Colorado Trust in cooperation with the National Disabled American Veterans Organization to purchase four new vans.
"These donations allow us to continue to expand and replace vans to transport our veterans to necessary medical appointments," stated Richard Kloc, DAV van transportation coordinator. "Without this support, this would not be possible.