Retrospective — Sept. 20

Twenty years ago — 1997

The Dunkirk School Board will study the possibility of reconfiguring its elementary schools following a board of education meeting. By a 5-4 margin, the board authorized a six-month study on the feasibility of grouping all fourth- and fifth-grade students together in one building. This grouping may offer educational and programming benefits as the district works to help students meet the new educational standards being set by the state. Board member Keith Ahlstrom expressed concern the reconfiguration would require constructing additional space at some of the buildings.

Thirty years ago — 1987

Lt. Col. Samuel G. (Gary) Livecchi, USA, formerly of Silver Creek, accepted command of Fort Dix, N.J., on Aug. 26 at ceremonies that included the relinquishing of the command by his predecessor, Lt. Col. Robert Lytle. Lt. Col. Livecchi is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Livecchi, 26 Buffalo St., Silver Creek, who attended the change of command ceremony. A Vietnam War veteran, the commander is married to the former Rosalie Pellitteri of Silver Creek. They have three children, Lisa, Gary and Crista.

Forty years ago — 1977

Following a controversial hearing, the Dunkirk Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously granted a request for the operation of a taxi dispatch office from a residence at 779 Main St., just north of the Norfolk and Western railroad crossing. Joseph Kubera, the new owner of City Cab, plans to purchase the residence from Michael Jackino. Leading the opposition were neighbors Joseph Carrus, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Golombek and Henry Stroehlein. Mr. Kubera previously was denied permission to operate the dispatch office from this current Leming Street home.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Dr. Max Oppenheimer Jr., newly appointed chairman of Fredonia State University College’s modern language department, reports elementary Russian will be added to the college’s language classes. A second year Russian course is planned next year. The college also announced that Nobel prize-winning novelist Pearl Buck will be one of the lecturers this year during FSUC’s convocation commission program.