Retrospective

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Thirty years ago — 1987 The annual St. Hyacinth’s School sports awards banquet was held to honor the Sages basketball players and the Sagettes cheerleaders. The basketball team finished the season with a record of 8-2 and fared well in tournament play. The cheerleaders won third place at ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 A four-man, all-original progressive rock band formed by music students at Fredonia State University College won the Energizer Rock and Roll Challenge regional contest recently at Rutgers University. As a result, the band “Byzon Iz Pyzon” competed in the national ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Ten mid-size Japanese firms will be visiting the Dunkirk-Fredonia area next week. They are looking for investments, for sources of supply for various products and for possible sites for plants. The Sheridan industrial site owned by Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 The highest-ranking award for New York State Volunteer Firemen has been presented posthumously in honor Daniel VanVlack. At the annual Silver Creek Fire Department Banquet at the Jackson Street Firehouse, the Medallion of Valor was presented to Mrs. Anne VanVlack in ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 About 60 Marauder 3R Club members gathered to honor their mothers at the seventh annual “I Love Mother” banquet held at Shorewood Country Club with about 100 people attending. The club has 300 members in grades 9-12. Channel 7 personality Linda Pellegrino was the ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Nearly 250 employees of Fredonia State University College honored J. Carter Rowland at a reception for his 15 years of administrative leadership as vice president for academic affairs. Dr. Rowland resigned from the post early this year and will begin a sabbatical ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 A banquet on May 31 in St. Anthony’s Church in Fredonia will honor Sister M. Nancy Zuchowski, CSSF, a Felician nun for 50 years. Planned by members of St. Anthony’s and St. Joseph’s parishes, the tribute has former Fredonia mayor Charles St. George as general ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Although many city of Dunkirk residents may not be aware of it, today marks the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of the village of Dunkirk. It was May 15, 1837 and the area that had previously been known by such names as Chadwick’s Bay and — for a short time ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Nearly 750 students will receive bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the 129th commencement ceremony of Fredonia State University College on May 16 in Steele Hall. College President Donald A. MacPhee will confer degrees. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan will give the ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 The Silver Creek Historical Society recently dedicated a bronze plaque on the Swift Mansion. The mansion, on the grounds of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church on Central Avenue in Silver Creek is used as a parish center. It is one of the village’s most stately and ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Phil McGan, a Dunkirk native and former OBSERVER reporter, will be the keynote speaker at the third annual Dunkirk Historical Society Recognition Dinner. Mr. McGan has titled his talk “To Make Dreams Come True.” Born in Dunkirk, he is the son of Mary McGan of ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 While potential buyers from at least two foreign countries have reportedly taken a look at the Roblin Industries plants in Dunkirk and North Tonawanda, to date, no buyers have been found. The Dunkirk plant appears to be the company’s most viable entity and the ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Student of the Week is Rebecca Burghardt, president of the Student Council at Silver Creek High School. The daughter of Donald and Phyllis Burghardt of Angell Road, Silver Creek, she also is treasurer of the Girls Varsity Club and vice president of the AFS. Becky ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 A Polish jetliner with 183 aboard, including 30 American residents, crashed in a forest outside Warsaw, Poland, today killing all aboard. LOT, the national airline, reported the Sovietbuilt Hyushin-62 aircraft developed technical problems soon after departing Warsaw. ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 On today’s front page, an OBSERVER photo shows Layne Hall of Silver Creek, who will be 107 years young next week and is still going strong. He is shown accepting from Frank Halicki the keys to the truck he purchased from Halicki Motors in Dunkirk. Mr. Hall also has ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Kirby, a 1-year-old Norwegian Elkhound, was adopted by the people residing at 116 Temple St., Fredonia in December 1986 and the adoption has brought positive change to the residents as well as to Kirby. The adoption was made possible by the Lakeshore Humane Society ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 The Lakeshore Humane Society recently held a photo contest in conjunction with “Be Kind to Animals Week.” The first place winners, each receiving $25 are: Earl Arnold of Brocton for most original; Donald C. Raupp of Lily Dale for most unusual; and Rhonda H. ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Ground-breaking ceremonies took place this afternoon at the site of the new Ed Eagan Memorial Complex on Main Street in Fredonia. Throwing out the first shovel of dirt was Jerry Trindel, former co-owner of the land which he donated to the Little League; and Charles ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Student of the Week is Dan Barone, a senior at Fredonia High School and participant in the LoGuidice Tech Center Electrical Trade program. Dan is completing his last year in the program at the Vo-Tech Center and has been accepted by Alfred University to major in ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Baton-wielding riot police broke up illegal Solidarity May Day demonstrations in Poland today and detained more than 200 activists as official Poland observed the communist world’s most important holiday. Police dispersed groups in Warsaw, Wroclaw, Gdansk, Poznan ...