Retropective — Aug. 25

Twenty years ago — 1997

The Dunkirk High School Board of Education named former head coach Bob Wisniewski to his old post as leader of the varsity boys basketball program. He replaces Paul Olkowski, who has coached the Marauders since 1989 but was not brought back as coach by the school’s administration. Mr. Wisniewski was the head coach of the Marauders program from 1974-1989, guiding the team to six Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Divison I titles during his tenure. The sixth-grade math teacher at Dunkirk Middle School said he was looking forward to coaching his son, Rob, a junior who played on the jayvee squad last season.

Thirty years ago — 1987

Representatives of one of the 12 Japanese firms which visited Chautauqua County in May will return this week to talk with at least two firms about investing here. Masayuki Haruta, president of Seiritsu Co. Ltd., and his brother, Takayasu Haruta, the firm’s senior managing director, will bring a group of eight of their senior executives to the White Inn in Fredonia and have made appointments to discuss investments with Woodbury Vineyards and Red Wing Co., among other firms in the area. Industrial Development Director David Dawson said, “We are very pleased that the Japanese businessmen are returning here after such a short turnaround time. It has been only a little over three months since they were here and that is a very short time in terms of how the Japanese do business.”

Forty years ago — 1977

Project Brother, a social services program sponsored by the City of Dunkirk, is recruiting minority elderly for senior citizen lunch programs offered by the County Office for the Aging. The recruitment will be handled by Mona Bishoff, minority outreach worker for Project Brother.

Fifty years ago — 1967

A “Do You Remember?” photo shows graduates of the Class of 1942 at Brocton Central School who are holding their 25th reunion at the Village Squire restaurant in Fredonia. Members of the reunion committee are Joseph Gatto, Esther Travis, William Skinner, Betty Titus, Mrs. Martin Amidon, Alberta Blakely and Clarence Erickson.

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