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Let's Go Back for Feb. 14, 2014

by jmaloni

•Taken from the Feb. 14 Islandwide Dispatch

Tue, Feb 18th 2014 07:00 am

40 Years Ago, Feb. 6, 1974

Gov. Wilson restores 55 mph speed limit

New York Gov. Malcolm Wilson, to implement compliance with recently adopted federal speed limitation provisions, has directed the state commissioner of transportation to restore properly to 55 mph all speed limits reduced to 50 mph by the chief executive's orders of Nov. 13, 1973.

Only such differentials for different classes of vehicles as existed on Nov. 1, 1973, will be maintained.

"This action," the governor said, "is taken in order to comply with recently adopted federal speed limit provisions." He added that failure to comply "would prevent further work on federally aided highway projects in New York after March 3, 1974."

The governor also announced that he directed the commissioner to develop appropriate legislation for action by the 1974 legislature to limit all maximum speed limits to no more than 55 mph for duration of the energy emergency. The proposed legislation is designed to prevent actions by local jurisdictions that inadvertently might cause the state to lose federal assistance.

30 Years Ago, Feb. 3, 1984

Taxpayers hear about hiring prosecutor

Grand Island may add a town prosecutor to its justice court if the Town Board so decides, Justice Francis B. Pritchard Wednesday told Grand Island Taxpayers Association members at a meeting in the Buffalo Launch Club.

If a prosecutor is hired, he or she must be an attorney and a resident in the town. A salary of $4,500 per year would be paid out of the town attorney's budget to compensate for services to be rendered two hours per week in justice court, confined mostly to plea-bargaining, Pritchard said.

At the present time, Grand Island and Clarence are the only area towns without the services of a prosecutor. However Clarence is also considering adding to its staff, he said.

... About the possibility of creating the position of a prosecutor here, Pritchard said it would greatly reduce the court's caseload, not in numbers but in time, saving taxpayers money on both town, county and state levels. ...

20 Years Ago, Feb. 4, 1994

What's happening at Summit Park Mall?

If you happen to have been shopping at the Summit Park Mall in the past few months, you might have noticed a new permanent addition on the walkway of the mall.

Youngsters can now return to the past and experience a ride on a carrousel. The carrousel was manufactured by Chance Carrousel Co. of Kansas, and original Herschell molds were used to produce the ornate and lovable animals. There is a mix of horses and a menagerie of animals, which include a chicken, a sea dragon and a reindeer complete with antlers.

10 Years Ago, Feb. 6, 2004

Plans for '04 Corporate Bowl underway

The Grand Island School Business Alliance is once again challenging students to compete for scholarships at the annual Corporate Bowl.

The sixth annual event invites teams of high school students to compete for college scholarships. Students answer questions in English, math, science history, geography, music, art, current events, sports and business.

The preliminary round is March 10, with the final round on March 17.

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