Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Burlington Coat Factory recalled hundreds of winter parkas from its stores after discovering they were trimmed with the fur of dogs slaughtered in China. The Burlington-based chain, which operates more than 250 stores nationwide, said it was duped by an Asian vendor ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The annual St. Lucy Day breakfast was held today at Chautauqua Day Care on the Fredonia State campus. This holiday program is based on the Swedish holiday traditionally celebrated on Dec. 13 in which the oldest girl in the family awakens family members at daybreak ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 More than 300 people turned out for the annual “Lunch with Santa” program at School 7 in Dunkirk. The annual program is a cooperative effort between the School 7 Parent Teacher Organization and school staff. In addition to pizza and refreshments, there were a ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Plans to bring a summer festival back to the waterfront area of the city of Dunkirk are under consideration by city officials. The proposed event is entitled, “It’s Summer by the Bay,” would be held over a four-day period in June and include arts, crafts and ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Puerto Ricans have rejected statehood in a vote that appeared to reaffirm a desire to retain U.S. citizenship and federal aid while enjoying some of the trappings of an independent nation. Final results of the non-binding referendum gave 50.2 percent of votes to ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 An OBSERVER editorial notes that nothing Congressman Amo Houghton has done during his 12 years in office has come close to raising the ire of so many Republicans as his announcement that he favors censure and not impeachment of President Clinton. Houghton’s ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The advent of electronic and online banking has contributed to the decline of “Christmas Club” bank accounts. The holiday clubs will be phased out at Key Bank beginning next year. Many people now do their banking through direct deposit and automatic teller ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The Rev. Joseph Gatto, recruiting director at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, announced that 10 young men from Colombia are now training at Christ the King Seminary. Rev. Gatto brought the Colombians in this fall and plans a second recruiting visit to South ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Featured in “Home of the Week” is the Bible Christian Fellowship. The former Sunset Canning Factory at 45 Lakeview Ave. in Fredonia has been home to this growing church for the past 14 years. The church celebrated its seventh anniversary on Oct. 7, 1984 by ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Westfield, the oldest village in Chautauqua County, received a much needed facelift recently. The Route 20 construction project was the first major renovation of Route 20 since 1929. To ease and improve traffic flow, four narrow lanes of traffic have been reduced to ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Clara Eve DeBruyne is the recipient of the 1998-99 DAR Good Citizens Award presented by the Katharine Pratt Horton National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Buffalo Chapter. The award was presented at a special ceremony on Nov. 8 at the DAR Chapter House ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Dunkirk resident Robert Patterson will be the grand marshal of this year’s Santa Claus Parade. Mr. Patterson is in his 22nd year as executive director of the Dunkirk Youth Bureau and his 17th year as recreation director for the city of Dunkirk. He also served as ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 An OBSERVER photo shows a 10,000-gallon storage tank being placed on a flatbed truck at Get and Go on Route 60 in Fredonia late this week to make way for two new 15,000-gallon fuel tanks. A major expansion project is currently under way at the first convenience store ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Dunkirk resident Robert Patterson will be the grand marshal of this year’s Santa Claus Parade. Mr. Patterson is in his 22nd year as executive director of the Dunkirk Youth Bureau and his 17th year as recreation director for the city of Dunkirk. He also served as ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. will lease the county office building on Lucas Avenue in Dunkirk for its 2XL (a program which serves children at risk). The Lucas Avenue building, at one time a supermarket, had previously housed a variety of county offices. However, ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 If Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace has his way, every one of his marked patrol cars will carry machines designed to save people having heart attacks. Gerace has asked the Chautauqua County Legislature for funding for 25 automatic external defibrillator units, ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 AL Tech Specialty Steel Corp. is reviewing an offer from a new potential buyer which has the backing of the United Steelworkers of America. AL Tech announced it is reviewing a letter of intent from Atlas Steels Inc. of Mississauga, Ontario, to purchase the assets of ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Dunkirk’s Cliffstar Corp. has expanded its private label juice business with the purchase of a Kansas City, Mo., company. Cliffstar and Speaco Foods Inc. jointly announced Cliffstar had purchased Speaco’s private label juice business in Kansas City. Cliffstar ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 An OBSERVER photo shows Fredonia State art students and faculty members erecting “Cloud Stop,” in the plaza outside the Rockefeller Arts Center. The sculpture, by Eric Stein of New York, is on loan to the college for one year following a six-month show in Chicago ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Dean and Karen Houser have spent the summer turning their residence at 44 East Ave. in Sinclairville into a painted lady, a description given to Victorian-style homes that have multi-colored exterior paints applied to them. The main body of the house is a sand brown ...