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Let's Go Back for April 19, 2013

by jmaloni
Fri, Apr 26th 2013 02:25 pm

40 Years Ago, April 11, 1973

Long suggests board study local roads

Dr. Samuel Long, Republican councilman, has submitted a letter to the Grand Island Planning Board in which he suggests that the board consider hiring a road consultant and designer to advise them in the matter of future road construction in the town.

Long states in his letter, "I am concerned with specific and long range planning for roads in Grand Island. I feel that we should be building our roads now for the future."

He has requested that the Planning Board develop a set of specifications for construction of major, collector, minor or local, and marginal access roads as listed in the town subdivision regulations.

... Long further observes, "It is my belief that we should not move in on road specifications until we know what roads are required, and for what uses."

30 Years Ago, April 9, 1983

Airstrip proposal draws crowd to hearing

An airstrip for private use, discussed at a public hearing Monday, would be the first of its kind legally put into action if the Town Board agrees to grant the special use permit for which Dr. and Mrs. Jan Wiecckowski have applied.

A proposal for a commercial airport drew fire from residents in the late 1940s, as did one in the 1960s, perhaps because of the amount of land they would have covered and the types of planes, which would have landed here.

The airstrip now being considered at 3000 Staley Road would be 2,000 feet in length and constructed in connection with a home also planned on the site ...

A Staley Road resident said use of the strip by friends of the owner could result in "having 25 acres full of airplanes." ...

20 Years Ago, April 16, 1993

Kaegebein School nears 40th anniversary

It was a beautiful day June 7, 1953, when Grand Island residents gathered at Love Road and Beaver Island Parkway for the dedication of the town's second elementary school.

The ceremony included acceptance of the $1,250,000 building by School Board Chairman William M. Kaegebein, for whom the school was named.

A brochure distributed noted, "The dedication of this beautiful school is a tribute to the far-sighted planning of the people of Grand Island and their desire to provide the best educational facilities possible for their children."

... Subsequently more classrooms were added to the structure, which in the beginning included the cafeteria, auditorium and gymnasium. ...

10 Years Ago, April 11, 2003

Groundbreaking at DeGlopper VFW Post

Erie County Legislator Charles M. Swanick, Town of Grand Island Supervisor Peter M. McMahon, Town Board members and Mike Cutini, commander of Charles DeGlopper Memorial Post 9249, today broke ground for the new gazebo shelter. Swanick has secured $5,000 for the improvement project.

There will be considerable amount of excavation needed before the project can get into full swing. Cutini will oversee progress of the project. ...

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