Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 The Crossroads Business Association will honor Barry L. Lillis on Dec. 9 as the recipient of its 1998 Community Service Award. A radio and television broadcaster for 34 years, he spent 20 years at Channel 2 (WGRZ-TV) in Buffalo as a weatherman and reporter before ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The Pomfret Town Board has designated itself as lead agency for the $5.5 million Soulstice Rural Retreat and Conference Center at Fredonia-Stockton and Osborne roads. The town board has also been asked to issue a special use permit for the 24,000-square-foot project ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 At a recent ceremony, two long-standing members of the Dunkirk-Fredonia Lions Club received Lionism’s highest honors. Donald Sage of Dunkirk was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship, Lions International’s highest recognition. The award is named for the man who ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Val Pietrkiewicz, 212 Woodrow Ave., Dunkirk was the winner of the $100 cash prize in the OBSERVER Trivia Contest conducted in conjunction with the advertiser appreciation pages that ran Oct. 28. Mr. Pietrkiewicz accepted his prize from Karl Davis, general manager of ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 A county monument to fallen veterans was rededicated in a special Veterans Day ceremony at the John W. Dill American Legion Memorial Post in Brocton, with more than 100 local and area Legionnaires and guests in attendance. The monument was developed from a large ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Collins Correctional Counselor Steve Hanson and Supervisor of Volunteer Services Jim Galati presented a check for $1,105 to Colleen McKenna of the Silver Creek Food Pantry on Oct. 30 as part of the statewide Make a Difference Day project. Employees and inmates of the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The future of Dunkirk International Glass and Ceramics on Stegelske Avenue may be in doubt, as the company has been without power for three weeks. Power was shut off to the company on Oct. 17 for delinquent bills as Niagara Mohawk is owed a substantial amount. ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Big Lots Bargains and Closeouts store should be ready to open by Thanksgiving in the former Sidey’s Department Store in the northeast corner of the D & F Plaza. The store is currently hiring employees for the 34,000-square-foot store, which has been completely ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Westfield Memorial Hospital officials have announced plans to fully affiliate with Saint Vincent Health System in Erie, Pa. Westfield Memorial Hospital, a 32-bed primary facility, began working with Saint Vincent in 1985 to increase cooperation in medical and support ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Former Brocton Central and Portville Central teacher, coach and athletic director Merwin K. “Bud” Fenton was recently inducted into the Ithaca College Sports Hall of Fame. A 1941 Ithaca College graduate, Fenton taught at Brocton Central in 1946 before moving on ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Don Loeb, a Dunkirk native living at 250 Maple Ave. in the city, is the author of a new book, “A Harvest of Memories of Dunkirk.” It was published by Benson Smythe Publishing of Wellsville. The content is a series of short stories taken from the author’s life ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Chautauqua County voters elected a new family court judge on the Democratic Party line, unseating a 20-year Republican incumbent in the only contested countywide race. Democrat Judith Claire, matrimonial referee and confidential assistant to State Supreme Justice ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Players and coaches from the Dunkirk Midget Marauders football team were honored during a recent city council meeting for their championship season. The team captured the title in the Lake Shore League. Mayor Robert Kesicki said this was a “proud moment for the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The first shovels of dirt flew early this morning during a ground-breaking ceremony for the Chadwick Drive project at the industrial park in the town of Sheridan. Participants in the ceremony were George Wheeler, vice president of Allegany-Erie Inc., developer of the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The Dunkirk Falcon Club will conclude its Diamond Jubilee year with a 5 p.m. Mass Nov. 5 at St. Hedwig’s Church, followed by a banquet at the parish social center. Guest speaker for the dinner will be William Parment, who has served with the New York State Assembly ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The Kosciuszko Polish Home, on behalf of its members, officers and directors, recently made donations to local parent-teacher organizations in the city of Dunkirk. President Frank Grupa presented checks totaling $4,000 to representatives from the public and parochial ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 From the Sportsman’s Journal — Scott Gadra of Forestville has top bragging rights thus far, tagging a monster buck on Oct. 25. He was hunting near Forestville/Hamlet from his climbing tree stand when he first saw the big buck. The nine-pointer field dressed at ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 An article by Jerry Reilly notes that sometime in the next few months, members of United Steelworkers Local 2693 will be asked to decide the fate of AL Tech Specialty Steel Corp. They will be offered a contract by a new buyer, probably Universal Steel and Alloy ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 After a successful 22-year career heading Chautauqua Opportunities Inc., Richard Alexander recently took over the reins of the county’s Economic Development Department and its Industrial Development Agency. During his tenure at COI, Mr. Alexander oversaw the growth ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The Chautauqua County Home held its fifth annual Employee Recognition Dinner at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel. Helen Deszcz, a licensed practical nurse, was presented with the Employee of the Year Award by administration Timothy Hellwig. Mrs. Deszcz lives in Dunkirk ...