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Thirty years ago – 1987 Mrs. Laura D. Foster of Fredonia recently had published a novel “Of Equal Value: Of Equal Beauty,” to complete a trilogy since “Cromanty,” a memorial book for her late husband, Dudley Foster. A former kindergarten, primary and special reading teacher, Mrs. ...

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Thirty years ago – 1987 Barbara Yochym of Forestville, Jacqueline Grant and Joyce Haines of Fredonia, and Harry Szewczyk of Dunkirk, all members of the adult figure skating class at Fredonia State University College, have returned from seeing the 1987 World Figure Skating Championships in ...

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Thirty years ago – 1987 Someone appears to have stolen a piece of Chautauqua County history. An oil portrait of one of the most prominent men in early Fredonia and Chautauqua County history is missing from the Gerace Office Building in Mayville and is presumed stolen. The portrait is of Dr. ...

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Thirty years ago – 1987 Talks are under way which could lead to the sale of the former True Temper plant in Dunkirk. A basic agreement has been struck with Allegheny International Inc. (owner of True Temper plant), but Allegheny and Greater Buffalo Press and its related independent company, ...

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Thirty years ago – 1987 By combining an existing tradition of quality with an innovative sales and marketing program, the new president of a little-known Dunkirk business hopes to restore the company to the thriving success it once enjoyed. The company is Dunkirk Metal Products, a precision ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 April Ann Arbeiter, a senior at North Collins Central School, has been named Student of the Week. The daughter of Mathias and Gretchen Arbeiter of Lawtons, she is a cheerleader, member of the yearbook staff and Library Club, and treasurer of the Eagle Eye. Active in ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 An OBSERVER photo shows movie director John Hughes with David Raiport of Gowanda, a movie extra featured in a diner sequence filmed in Gowanda. Mr. Raiport, a deputy with the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department, became a “special movie extra” when his ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 The Village of Westfield has its first-ever woman mayor. Linda C. Dunn was elected to the mayor’s post over incumbent Mayor F. Gibbs Kerns during the elections which took place March 18. Mrs. Dunn, the Republican candidate who currently serves on the board of ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Carol Haas Bedford, a Dunkirk native, was named Counterpart “Woman of the Year” during a recent luncheon at the Holiday Inn in Spring Lake, Mich. Counterpart is an organization of women in the Tri-Cities of Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg, Mich. The ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Robert C. Pine, plant superintendent at the Gowanda Psychiatric Center, is one of 15 statewide award winners in a newly-established state program designed to recognize and reward significant achievement by management/confidential employees. The awards were made for ...

Women still breaking barriers

Why does it take so long for the accomplishments of entire groups of people to get the recognition they deserve? History is filled with doers of great deeds, people who were part of something big but never recognized because those who wrote the record found them unworthy. Some of the most ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Student of the Week is Timothy Simmons, a sophomore at Ripley Central School. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Simmons of 5 North State St., Ripley. A math/science and art major, he is vice president of the Student Council and the school band. He is a member of ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Boy Scout Troop 254 recently held the Eagle Investiture of Kenneth J. Mekus in Seton Hall. The son of Mrs. Alice Mekus, 602 Park Ave., Dunkirk, Kenneth is an active Scout and avid camper who assisted in many troop and Eagle Scout service projects. His own Eagle ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 A Dunkirk patient of renowned cancer doctor Stanislaw Burzynski said he is “pleased and upset” about the trial results in the federal government’s case against the doctor. Randy Goss testified on behalf of the 54-year-old Polish native last month. Mr. Goss had ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 The Rotary Club of Dunkirk recently celebrated last year’s Home and Garden Show and the annual FLY-IN Breakfast at the Dunkirk Airport. This group of local business and professional men and women continue to actively support a wide variety of community youth ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 The Brocton Main Street Revitalization Committee recently held the first of an anticipated ongoing series of meetings at the new Portland Town Hall on Route 20. Chairman David Travis said the focus of their work has been established and invited business people in the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Alice Anacheka-Naemann, visiting student minister, will guide the Unitarian Universalist Society of Northern Chautauqua in an exploration of the role of liberal religion. The service will be followed by a congregational meal celebrating the 14th anniversary of the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 The winner of the 1984 American Book Award, Native American writer Maurice Kenny delivered a reading in Thompson Hall on the campus of Fredonia State University College. While it was his Pulitzer Prize-nominated “Blackrobe: Isaac Jogues” and “The Mama Poems,” ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Representatives of Chautauqua County’s four housing preservation groups were in Albany to join with groups across the state in informing legislators of the severe local impact of Gov. George Pataki’s 1997 budget cut which slashes funding to the program by 75 ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 If all goes according to plan, the remaining city-owned properties at the intersection of Main Street and Lake Shore Drive East will be demolished this month. In January 1996, the city purchased a total of seven buildings from David Civilette for $285,000. Plans ...