Retrospective — Sept. 10

Twenty years ago — 1997

Eleven teachers and teacher aides in the Bridges for Education English Language Camp in Tuchola, Poland, gathered at the home of Jan Bell in Fredonia for a reunion and picture exchange. Jan Bell and Kathy Damiano, also of Fredonia, took part in the volunteer teaching program from July 4 to Aug. 3. Three weeks were spent teaching conversational English in the mornings and conducting camp activities in the afternoons and evenings. Students from all parts of Poland attend the Tuchola camp. A fourth week was spent touring places of interest in Poland, including Torun, Biskupin, Gniezno and Warsaw.

Thirty years ago — 1987

The Benton Street water tank in Dunkirk has been shut down and will remain out of service for about two months as a precautionary measure because of bacteria found in the water, said Dr. Robert Mitchell, city chemist at the water treatment plant. The Common Council last week approved the Public Works Department to paint the water tank, which calls for the tank to be shut down anyway. A venting screen was uncovered at one point in the tank, which Dr. Mitchell said could have let bacteria in the water and he said he believes birds are nesting in the tank.

Forty years ago — 1977

The city of Dunkirk is buying the abandoned Sacred Heart Church property, but is still unsure what it will do with the building. The city plans to pay $125,000 for the Sacred Heart buildings and is expected to pay for the purchase with federal community development funds allocated to Dunkirk. In return, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton has agreed to buy back its school building from the Dunkirk Urban Renewal Agency for $224,000.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Governor Nelson Rockefeller announced today two state grants to Chautauqua County — one is for $121,000 for a comprehensive water supply study and the other is for $104,000 for a comprehensive sewage study. Both one-year studies are to develop 50-year master plans to meet the present and future needs for integrated projects for water resources and for integrated sewage systems on the most economically feasible basis.