Retrospective — July 14

Twenty years ago — 1997

The Collins Pumpkin Festival Committee has canceled the annual fall event, claiming that Gowanda’s Sesquicentennial is having an effect on the Collins festival. The committee stated that the 1998 Gowanda event is drawing off not only monetary resources, but also the workers who have been active with the pumpkin festival in the past. Committee members also cited the loss last year of the giant pumpkin weigh-off in the town, which affected attendance and decreased the number of crafters willing to return. The town board’s decision to deny funding for the festival also had a detrimental effect.

Thirty years ago — 1987

Starting this week, permits will be needed by those wishing to consume alcohol at Point Gratiot in Dunkirk. The new law requiring permits was approved by the Dunkirk Common Council in a 4-1 vote. First Ward Councilman Randy Goss cast the lone negative vote, noting that while he favored the permit system, he felt it also should have included the Wright Park area. The permit system is aimed primarily at giving police a way to deal with the underage drinkers at the park who many feel are responsible for a large part of the vandalism. Under the law, individuals 21 and over will be able to obtain a seasonal permit allowing them to have alcohol in the park for their own use only. Group permits will also be issued, but only for a specific day. Cost for the permits is $1 and $2, respectively.

Forty years ago — 1977

The Silver Creek Central Board of Education has given Robert Hirsekorn, architect, the green light to proceed with schematic plans for a 513-pupil elementary school (grades 3-6) and required repairs to the Babcock School. As a separate project, he will also design plans for a pool.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Miss Dunkirk-Fredonia, Roberta Frances Mabe, has left for Olean and takes with her the hopes of the Dunkirk-Fredonia area winning a fourth Miss New York State title. Accompanying Miss Mabe are her chaperones, Mr. and Mrs. James Cassidy of Fredonia.