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Looking Backward: Files from the Journal week of March 17

FIFTY YEARS AGO
March 14, 1963

The voters of the Springville-Griffith Institute School District will be asked to make a vital decision that will affect educational programs, in the years ahead. Voting on the addition to the high school will be held March 27, at the elementary school.

Detective Sergeant Dan Gavin of Buffalo’s Narcotic Squad will speak to the Rotary Club of Springville.

The annual village election will be held at the town hall on March 19.

A cast of 71 will present the opening night performance of “South Pacific” on March 16, at the elementary school.

A golden wedding anniversary party for Mr. and Mrs. Earl Frank was held at the grange hall in Ashford Hollow on March 2.

Boys were born to Mr. and Mrs.:
Donald Klahn of West Valley, March 2; James Kazmark of East Aurora, March 4.

Girls were born to Mr. and Mrs.:
Elwood Townsend of Boston, March 3; James Pappas of Delevan, March 6.

FORTY YEARS AGO
March 15, 1973

Claire Utrich Hayes was recognized at a birthday party on March 4, celebrating her 90th birthday.

A donkey basketball game will be held in the high school gym on March 30, pitting the high school faculty against the middle school faculty.

Airman Dale Weiss, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Weiss of Springville, has successfully completed a 32-week electronics course at Lowry Technical Training Center, Lowry Air Force Base, Colorado.

Dick Fancher hit a 659 three-game set at the Wednesday night league at Concord Lanes. The high single game of 267 was also bowled by Fancher, in the same league. Lila Folts rolled a 583 three-game set in the Thursday night ladies league at Concord Lanes. She also had a 235 single game, in that league.

Boys were born to Mr. and Mrs.:
Dennis McLean of Rome, N.Y., March 11; Robert Flint of Springville, March 7; Steve Becony of Boston, March 8; Dennis Edwards of Arcade, March 8; Walter Spencer, March 9.

Girls were born to Mr. and Mrs.:
Donald Hoffman of Chaffee, March 5; Leland Lamoreaux of Springville, March 6; Gary Stadel of Delevan, March 7; Allen Ellis of East Otto, March 8; Lynn Guertin of Delevan, March 8; Richard Dole of North Collins, March 10.

THIRTY YEARS AGO
March 10, 1983

In 1862, the Cranston family started handing out the United States mail in East Concord. Eugene Cranston of Springville has taken over as postmaster from his aunt, Florence Edington. On Feb. 24, Cranston became the fifth Cranston family member to serve East Concord, in the past 101 years. He worked at the Springville Post Office for 20 years, before this present appointment. He is a graduate of Springville-Griffith Institute, where he played football.

Boys were born to Mr. and Mrs.:
Gregory Ciszak of West Valley, Feb. 23; Timothy Hapak of Collins, March 1

Girls were born to Mr. and Mrs.:
Jerry Green of Arcade, Feb. 23; Sherwin Lape of Springville, Feb. 25; Walter Schiener of Chaffee, Feb. 28.

TWENTY YEARS AGO
March 11, 1993

West Valley’s Tim Gebauer has been named to the Cattaraugus County Class D first-team, all-star team. Greg Lux of the Wildcats earned an honorable mention on the all-star team.

Charles Vredenburg, principal of Springville-Griffith Institute High School, announced that Amanda Ridder and Ann Wohlhueter, seniors at S-GI, have been selected as finalists for a National Merit Scholarship.

World Library Publications, a liturgical music publisher in Chicago, has announced that Carl Johengen, formerly of Collins Center, is the recipient of the first place award in a national composing competition.

Boys were born to:
Faron James and Jill Redeye of Gowanda, Feb. 18, Faron MacKenzie; Peter Ryan and Linda Euscher of Delevan, Feb. 3, James Michael; Wesley and JoAnne Sabin of Glenwood, Feb. 23, Jacob Wesley; Gordon and Cheryl McElheny of Delevan, Feb. 25, Gordon Charles Jr.

Girls were born to:
John and Robin Tirscari of Jamestown, Feb. 23, Ashley May; Kathie Wilson n of Sloan, Feb. 23, Morgan Carol; Shannon Garland and Luray Bray of Freedom, Feb. 24, Chantel Luray; Carl and Dawn Russell of Arcade, Feb. 24, Hillary Dawn; Scott and Melinda Perl of Bliss, Feb. 26, Amber Lynn; Heather Stalker of North Collins, Feb. 26, Stephanie Joan.

TEN YEARS AGO
March 6, 2003

The Springville-Griffith Institute mock trial team advanced in the playoff round of the Erie County Mock Trial Tournament in Buffalo City Court, on March 1, with a win against Grand Island.

Two Springville-Griffith Institute High School music students were accepted to participate in the 2002 New York state music association all-state festival. Lydia Herren participated with the string orchestra and Derrick Winger was in the mixed chorus.

In order to gain access to a larger pool of qualified employees, the Springville Village Board enacted a new residency policy. The new policy will allow for the hiring of persons who maintain residency within the town of Concord or in a neighboring town in Erie County where any part of such town’s boundary is within 5 miles of any boundary of the town of Concord, for village service.

During a meeting that was held on held Feb. 25, attending town of Boston residents were assured that the New York state troopers will not be eliminated from the area and that the Boston State Road barracks dispatch will keep its regular hours.
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