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Twenty years ago — 1997 Donald M. Rebic, a Fredonia native who has made his mark on Broadway, recently returned to the local music scene to pursue a teaching career and pass his musical knowledge along to the next generation. After a career in New York City spanning 20 years, he is now ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Western New York native Timothy McVeigh, who was raised in Pendleton, has been condemned to death for the Oklahoma City bombing, accepting the ultimate punishment without so much as a blink. “It’s OK,” he mouthed to his parents. The same jury that convicted ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Sheridan Town Justice Paul D. Till has announced his candidacy for re-election as Sheridan town justice on Nov. 4. He has received the endorsement from both the Democratic Party and Conservative Party. In the three and a half years that Justice Till has been in ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 The annual spring banquet honoring Dunkirk teachers past and present was held recently at the Kosciuszko Club. More than 70 teachers met to pay tribute to Margaret Mahaney, the 1987 Colman Award winner, and two retirees, Janice M. Tramuta and Margaret G. Temple. Mrs. ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Former Dunkirk Mayor Gilbert Snyder was endorsed by the Dunkirk Republican City Committee for that party’s nomination in the November election. Mr. Snyder won the endorsement over Councilman-at-Large William Schlichter in a 23-5 city committee vote. Shortly after ...

Retrospective — June 17

Thirty years ago — 1987 It took hundreds of people and many hours of labor, but the Creative Playground in Silver Creek was completed on schedule. Located on the grounds at Silver Creek Elementary School on Bennett State Road, it is open to the public. An example of a well-organized ...

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James T. Hodgkinson wanted to know whether the members of Congress practicing baseball at a field in Alexandria, Va., were Republicans or Democrats, according to multiple media reports. Told they were GOP lawmakers, Hodgkinson walked back to his car. He retrieved a rifle and opened ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Among the many awards presented at the recent senior awards program at Dunkirk High School were those received by Pam Bain, Bob Roncska, Amy Callahan, Tim Bartkowski, Jennifer Tarnowski and John Uszacki. The senior class gift is a wooden swing for the courtyard. ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Former Fredonia resident Mark Merchant was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates as the second player overall nationwide in the amateur free agent baseball draft. Much of his early baseball training came from his father, Bob, who was a basketball official in Chautauqua ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Three and a half years ago, Ed Buchar of Grimsby, Ontario, Canada (near Niagara Falls) reluctantly agreed to join a friend in a “bike trip” around the world. Now nearly 37,000 miles later, he is on his way home. The bicyclist was in the Dunkirk-Fredonia area and ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Robert J. Dorman, a senior at Dunkirk High School, was the lead trumpet player recently for the 1987 All New York State Lions Club concert band. The son of Mr. and Mrs. George F. Dorman, 124 East Green St., Dunkirk, he is also the lead trumpet player for the Dunkirk ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Andrew M. Pacos, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Pacos, 150 Fizell Ave., Dunkirk has received a doctor of medicine degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Following his marriage to Miss Lynn Bieron in June, Dr. Pacos and his wife will reside in ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Although it has been three years since the Fred Koch Brewery in Dunkirk was purchased by Genesee Brewing of Rochester, the removal of the brewery sign last week seemed to make the brewery’s end official. The complex was purchased last year by a Florida businessman ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 In an OBSERVER photo, Elmer “Tug” Horey of Fredonia points to the barracks he was housed in while being held as a prisoner of war during World War II. He is holding a picture of some of his mates from the camp as well as a certificate he just received at a ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Student of the Week is Christopher Goll, a senior at Cassadaga Valley Central School and the son of Mrs. Catherine Goll of Cassadaga. A Regents scholarship winner, he has been accepted at Alfred University where he plans to major in industrial engineering. Chris has ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 A portrait of Arthur R. Maytum by Fredonia State University College professor emeritus Dr. Lawrence Urbscheit was formally presented to the Maytum family by the Fredonia College Foundation. The portrait hangs in the administration building named for the former ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Demolition of the former Ludeman Building on Central Avenue, Silver Creek is continuing. Demolition is expected to by complete within three weeks. Construction of a new Rite Aid Pharmacy will begin on the site this summer. Rite Aid is currently operating a store in ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 An article about Fredonia’s Forest Hill Cemetery refers to the Koch Mausoleum which stands prominently in the northern part of the cemetery. It is owned by the Koch family of Bradford, Pa. The late Otto Koch owned the Kendall Oil Co. in Bradford. He supervised the ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 In recognition of the Dunkirk High School basketball team’s undefeated league championship this year, Dunkirk Mayor Edwin Gregoreski presented members of the team with honorary plaques. Those receiving plaques included Todd Alessi, Tony Bertucci, Marcus Buchanan, ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 The Rev. John Kilian, a Dunkirk native and a priest for 25 years, observed his silver jubilee on May 24 at St. Hedwig’s Church in Dunkirk. The son of Helen Kilian of Dunkirk and the late Casimer Kilian, he was ordained to the priesthood on March 17, 1962 by Bishop ...