Weekly Feature



2015-12-31 / Editorial

Out of the Past

25 Years Ago Jan. 3, 1991


FOURTEEN HOLY HELPERS — Students at Fourteen Holy Helpers School gather for a class photo in 1910. The school closed at the end of the 2013-14 school year, along with a number of other Catholic elementary schools in the Buffalo Diocese. 
Photo courtesy of Fran Deppeler, West Seneca Historical Society FOURTEEN HOLY HELPERS — Students at Fourteen Holy Helpers School gather for a class photo in 1910. The school closed at the end of the 2013-14 school year, along with a number of other Catholic elementary schools in the Buffalo Diocese. Photo courtesy of Fran Deppeler, West Seneca Historical Society • The computer age has entered the police patrol car, thanks to the efforts of Erie County Central Police Services and two Western New York Companies. A 1991 Chevrolet Caprice, fully equipped and donated by the Tonawanda Automaking plant, was doctored up to include all the needed radios and a lap-top computer terminal courtesy of Raymart Inc., a Tonawanda electronics firm. Right now, the idea is a pilot program being sampled at various municipal departments for one-week periods to give officers the chance to critique a new Chevrolet police car design while testing the technological advance. West Seneca Police Chief Bruce Manning said he wasn’t sure if the program was coming to West Seneca, but said he would welcome it if it did.

• For the second year in a row, the West Seneca East Trojans claimed the annual West Seneca Rotary Club Basketball Tournament. The Trojans downed East Aurora, 70-62, to advance to the championship and then beat cross-town rival West, 53-38, in the title game. “Hopefully, winning this tournament will give us a little momentum heading back into our regular season schedule,” said East coach Jim Moonan. “If we can play this type of defense, we can shut a lot of teams down.”

• Margaret A. McLaughlin, departing West Seneca Youth Bureau executive director, has been appointed by Erie County Executive Dennis Gorski to the Erie County Youth Board. McLaughlin has been confirmed for a two-year term to take effect immediately. In her new role, she will oversee $3.5 million of youth service funding. McLaughlin gave up the helm of West Seneca youth services after nine years of dedicated service.

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