Retrospective — Sept. 26

Twenty years ago — 1997

The developer of a proposed housing project in the 1st Ward will have to complete a full environmental impact statement after a decision of the Dunkirk Planning Board. By a 3-0 vote, the board ruled a project proposed by developer Fred Gregory could have a significant impact on the environment of the area and a full study should be done. Mr. Gregory has proposed a 77-unit housing development, known as the Lake Winds Development, on a 31-acre parcel of land he owns east of the Otter and Ounce street areas. The board said there are some unknown factors, including what would happen with surface runoff water.

Thirty years ago — 1987

Buffalo Mayor James Griffin says he would like to give away the wooden seats at War Memorial Stadium to other cities before the 50-year-old ballpark is torn down. He would like to give them to places that need seats for municipal stadiums, stating that offering seats to citizens might create a deluge of requests that would be too difficult to handle. The 46,000-seat War Memorial stadium, where the film “The Natural” was filmed, is to be demolished in favor of a new baseball stadium in downtown Buffalo scheduled to open next spring. Mayor Griffin noted he has agreed to donate 5,000 seats to Batavia, home to a Class A New York-Penn minor league team.

Forty years ago — 1977

If all goes well, the Dunkirk Historical Center may be moved to the First Church of Christ Scientist on Washington Avenue between East Fifth and Sixth streets. The Dunkirk Common Council has directed the Department of Development to investigate the feasibility and legality of using the church building for the historical center. The city has budgeted $40,000 for purchase of the church property.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Gordon K. Cole, 50 East Second St., Dunkirk, ranked third in New York State on a Civil Service exam for the position of principal X-ray technician. Of 94 persons who took the test, only 14 passed.