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Let's Go Back for June 27, 2014

by jmaloni

•Taken from the June 27 Island Dispatch

Fri, Jul 4th 2014 04:00 am

40 Years Ago, June 19, 1974

Brown wins easily - budget passes

The people, pursuing their quest for a change in school-community relations, supported Claire Brown's campaign for election to the five-year Board of Education post. Mrs. Brown's 403 votes indicated a definite preference on the part of the public.

Dr. Frank Costanzo, incumbent serving as board president, was next in line with 254 votes, and Alan Hawkins, the third candidate seeking election received 59 votes. ...

The total number of ballots cast in this year's election numbered 723, or an estimated 10 percent of the eligible voting public in the town. Of that number, 587 voted in favor of the proposed 1974-75 budget and 129 opposed it. ...

The approved budget of $8,065,584 would not seem to indicate great concern on the part of the general public. Apparently voters did not believe this item would be of great concern in the overall picture.

30 Years Ago, June 15, 1984

Modern Disposal handling Isle waste

Modern Disposal now trucks the sludge from the Grand Island sewer treatment plant to their facilities at Model City, at about a third the previous cost in money and manpower. At the landfill, facilities formally used by another contractor, Island trucks were sometimes held up for 2 to 2-1/2 hours. Now they can be emptied and gone in 5 to 10 minutes, according to Bud Long, supervisor of Water and Sewage on Grand Island. The Modern City landfill owned by Modern Disposal has been in operation only about 15 months.

"This 200-acre site has a projected life of 40 years," said Don Brooks, general manager of Modern Disposal. "We have one into it and another 39 to go."

20 Years Ago, June 17, 1994

Estimated cost of casino questioned

The $6.3 million estimated cost to construct the Beaver Island casino, announced at the public meeting in the Town Hall June 3, has raised eyebrows of Island residents and Assemblyman Sam Hoyt.

The price of the latest plan is more than $3 million than was estimated in 1992 shortly after the original building was destroyed by fire.

"Why did the cost double" is the question asked around town.

Hoyt, who has been pushing to have the casino made usable, also is perturbed about the $6.3 million figure, which also includes a kitchen, office space, walls and restrooms, according to Mario Pirastru, region director of the State Office of Parks and Recreation.

10 years Ago, June 18, 2004

Village Hot Dog Stand cooking again

A longstanding tradition on the Island is once again ready to serve area residents.

The Village Hot Dog Stand, 1437 Ferry Road, has returned to operation and is now serving customers Thursday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Labor Day.

The stand reopened this year after a couple patrons who visited the Village Inn a year ago questioned why the stand had closed. The response they received was to open it themselves. And after a year of contemplating the idea, Barb Zafuto, Sharon Nichols and Lyn Laman decided that the Village Hot Dog Stand was to become a reality.

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