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2018-04-11 / Editorial

Out of the Past


A KENMORE TRAGEDY — A three-alarm fire on May 5, 1997, destroyed the Caton Hendler Paint Co. at Elmwood and Victoria avenues. An explosion and wall collapse seriously injured five firefighters. One, Timothy Goff, died of his injuries three weeks later. 
Photo courtesy of theKenmore Volunteer FireDepartment, from thecollection of theTonawanda-KenmoreHistorical Society A KENMORE TRAGEDY — A three-alarm fire on May 5, 1997, destroyed the Caton Hendler Paint Co. at Elmwood and Victoria avenues. An explosion and wall collapse seriously injured five firefighters. One, Timothy Goff, died of his injuries three weeks later. Photo courtesy of theKenmore Volunteer FireDepartment, from thecollection of theTonawanda-KenmoreHistorical Society 25 Years Ago
April 21, 1993

• A Town of Tonawanda industrial site has been recognized as having the seventh-highest toxic air emissions level in the state in 1991. For that year, the O-Cel-O Division of 3M Inc., located on Sawyer Avenue in the town, released more than 1 million pounds of carbon disulfide, a raw material reacted with wood pulp to produce viscose, which is further processed to produce cellulose sponges at the plant. However, state Department of Environmental Conservation officials said the 1991 number has been cut by nearly 80 percent for 1993.

• A gathering of clowns in the Town of Tonawanda may not necessarily be new, but nearly 100 of them, the kind with big shoes and funny noses, were at the Philip Sheridan School Building on Elmwood Avenue Saturday for a clowning convocation. “The Main Event,” a daylong workshop sponsored by the Master Mason Clown Association, brought clowns from all over New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Ontario to Tonawanda. The event featured instruction from balloon sculpting experts Tom and Merianne Meyers and motivational talks from Leon “Buttons” McBryde, who has been with Ringling Bros. since 1969 and is a member of the National Clown Hall of Fame.

• Fay’s Drug Stores has begun 24-hour service at its store at 2453 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore. John A. Kogut, president of Fay’s Incorporated drugstore division, said there have been many customer requests for 24-hour service, especially at pharmacies that allow people to fill prescriptions in emergencies. In addition to prescription services, Kogut said all other aspects of the Kenmore store will be available around the clock.

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