Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 At the village elections held earlier this month, Mayor Frank Pagano, the first Democratic mayor in Fredonia’s history, easily won re-election over Trustee Patrick Damore, his Republican-Concord Party challenger. A total of 2,385 voters turned out. Fredonia has ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 The Supreme Court has left intact Timothy McVeigh’s conviction and death sentence for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people and injured hundreds more — the worst such attack on U.S. soil. The court, without comment, rejected an appeal in which ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 At a ceremony held earlier this year at the Dudley Motor Inn in Salamanca, Dunkirk resident Virginia Wencek was honored for her service to the Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America. She received the Founder’s Award, which was created to honor and recognize ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 A Fredonia High School student has received top honors from a weekly business publication which serves the entire Western New York region. Wanda Strychalski, 17, the daughter of Dr. James and Dr. Irene Strychalski of West Shorewood Drive, Dunkirk, received the First ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 The Rev. Carlton J. Westfield was installed earlier this month as pastor of St. Anthony Church in Fredonia. The main celebrant at the installation Mass was the Rev. Patrick H. Elis, episcopal vicar of Northern Chautauqua County. Until reassigned by Bishop Henry J. ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 An OBSERVER editorial addressing the vandalism to the beautiful Mark Fountains in Fredonia’s Barker Common suggests that both fountains should be brilliantly illuminated with spotlights as soon as possible. It notes that vandalism is reaching the proportions that ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 While the golden age of Lake Erie shipping has passed with time and changes in transportation, 999 Films Inc. of Dunkirk plans to recapture the era with a documentary entitled, “Lake Erie Legacy — The Maritime Age.” 999 Films principals David Andrews and John ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 This year, the Variety Club Telethon featured 4-year-old Brittany Dunlap of Cassadaga as the Dunkirk satellite child. The telethon, which aired on WKBW-TV Channel 7, featured vignettes of Brittany throughout the broadcast. Brittany, the daughter of David Dunlap and ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Peter Pett has been named Deputy of the Year for 1999 by the New York State Sheriff’s Association. He is the 21st recipient of the statewide honor established in 1977 and given annually to a deputy sheriff who has displayed ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 The creation of an assisted care facility for senior citizens was the focus of discussion for the Dunkirk Housing Authority at a recent meeting. The board discussed the possibility of a housing unit where seniors live independently while services such as cooking and ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Both parents and students pleaded with the Pine Valley Board of Education to reinstate the boys and girls track and field team this spring to allow athletes a chance to compete for scholarships. The board agreed to reinstate the funding for the track team based on ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 For 35 years, the Westfield Counseling Service has provided free and confidential counseling to youth and others in need in the Westfield community. A surprise reception was recently held in honor of Robert Mays, who has served as treasurer of the counseling service ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 A summer festival in the harborfront area of the city of Dunkirk is set for June 10 to 13. The Dunkirk Common Council authorized a contract with Power Great American Midways of Burgaw, N.C., to provide and oversee carnival attractions including rides, games, ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 The effort to bring Amtrak passenger service back to the city of Dunkirk is still alive and organizers hope to get city officials onboard. The Empire State Passengers Association has taken up the effort, which began about five years ago under former mayor Margaret ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 New York State recently approved a contract with Wendel, a Buffalo architectural and engineering firm, to design an $8.8 million natatorium at the Fredonia State University College campus. The facility will be a showpiece to the college’s athletic complex, which ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 They just look like candles in pretty paper bags, but money from the sale of luminaries could end up providing a temporary shelter for a family burned out of their home, or a pint of life-saving blood for an accident victim. American Red Cross fund-raisers are ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Work to demolish the former Welch building on Route 20 could begin as soon as the end of this month. The Brocton Village Board determined that its deteriorating condition poses a threat to the public. An inspection turned up evidence of suspected asbestos, an ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Silver Creek firefighters recovered 10 plastic crates of undelivered mail from the creekbed of Walnut Creek under the Stebbins Road bridge. They rappelled about 110 feet into the ravine to retrieve the mail. The mail was primarily from the Amherst and Kenmore area. ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 An increase in train traffic is expected in northern Chautauqua County as a result of the pending acquisition of Conrail by CSX and Norfolk Southern, and local officials are looking for specifics in order to prepare for the change. Among the crossings in the city of ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Authorities in the village of Fredonia have escalated their search for the person or persons responsible for an act of vandalism which occurred in the Barker Common over the weekend. The cast-iron stature located atop the fountain in the west park was demolished into ...