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Let's Go Back for Feb. 15, 2013

by jmaloni
Tue, Feb 19th 2013 09:30 pm

40 Years Ago, Feb. 14, 1973

$30,000 post advertised

Monday evening, Feb. 12, the Island School Board unveiled the brochure prepared by consultants, Dr. Robert Holler of the State University at Buffalo and Dr. Howard Bretsch of the University of Rochester, who have been employed by the board to screen candidates for the post of chief school officer to replace Veronica E. Connor. The brochure states that the board plans an initial three years contract with a starting salary of approximately $30,000 annually. University and college placement offices have been invited to submit the names of two or three of their most qualified graduates who might have interest in the post.

Letters of interest should be in the hands of the school board and its consultants by March 9, 1973.

According to Harry Hatten, interim school officer, the community may expect upwards of a hundred applicants for the position whose credentials and qualifications, will if necessary, be reviewed.

30 Years Ago, Feb. 11, 1983

Island Cable to merge with Cablevision

Michael A. Gast, president of Island Cable Inc., today announced that an agreement has been reached to merge the assets of Island Cable into a subsidiary of Cablevision Industries. It is believed that by combining the resources of the two firms, Grand Island cable customers will benefit in many ways, he said.

Mr. Gast said that over the past three years Island has built one of Western New York's most advanced cable television systems. In excess of 85 miles of cable have been installed, serving more than 2,700 customers, he said.

In as much as the proposed new owner, Cablevision Inc. has agreed to uphold provisions of the franchise agreement with Island Cable Inc., approval of the merger may be granted without holding a public hearing, it was noted at Monday's board meeting.

20 Years Ago, Feb. 19, 1993

Empire pipeline hits another snag

The Empire State Pipeline Company must file an amended permit application with the State Public Service Commission if it wants to continue a plan to construct a 155-mile pipeline from Canada to Syracuse, including crossing the Niagara River twice en route. Why? Because they are asking for a rate increase due to the cost of the proposed project rising from $832 million to $177 million, more than double previous estimates.

A public hearing was held Wednesday and another will be held April 7 in Albany to discuss the changes and whether the state should amend the permit it granted the company March 1, 1991.

Opposition to the pipeline continues, especially on Grand Island and in Wheatfield where following an existing route through Lewiston is being pushed, rather than having it built across our town and through Wheatfield.

10 Years Ago, Feb. 14, 2003

Samrany will not seek re-election

"I wish to announce that I will not be seeking any political endorsements for re-election this year as your town clerk. I will be retiring Dec. 31, 2003

"Having had the privilege of being a deputy town clerk for six years and your elected town clerk for the past 12 years has been a life experience I have truly enjoyed.

"As I promised in 1999 when I was elected to the consolidated town clerk/tax receiver position, I will have served out these four years with the knowledge and satisfaction of seeing the combined offices a reality and a success that spells taxpayers savings.

"Of course I did not do it alone. The key to that success is the capable devoted deputies that work in my office.

"As I finish out this last year, I sincerely thank all the residents for allowing me to make your contact with town government hopefully a pleasant experience, and I will aspire to speak to many of you when you come into the office. I shall continue to be active in the community my husband Joe and I have called home for the last 47 years. Thank you, Grand Island."

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