Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 A local law to lower the speed limit to 15 mph in school zones will be considered by the Dunkirk Common Council. The issue of a lower speed limit in school zones for safety reasons has also been proposed by the Dunkirk Board of Education. It would be up to the city ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 The National Guard arrived in Dunkirk to launch a round-the-clock effort to help the city dig out from under more than 50 inches of snow that has fallen since Dec. 31. Work began at midnight today in the Fourth Ward as four pieces of equipment and 11 men from the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 A new assemblywoman for the State of New York was sworn in Jan. 6 in the Assembly parlor of the State Capitol in Albany. Chief Judge Judith Kaye and Assembly Minority Leader John Faso welcomed Assemblywoman Cathy Young (R-Olean) to the New York State Assembly. On ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 On the local girls high school basketball scene, Kathy Meder and Jen Stuczynski continue to elevate their game to new heights. Meder, a 5-11 point guard, nearly had a triple double while Stuczynski, a 6-0 forward, showed an impressive array of talents as Fredonia ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 The continued onslaught of winter weather has led Dunkirk city officials to declare a state of emergency today. Mayor Robert Kesicki made the announcement following a meeting with council members and public works officials. By declaring a state of emergency, council ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Fredonia Mayor Frank A. Pagano launched his bid for a second four-year term during a morning news conference at the White Inn attended by nearly 50 supporters. Chautauqua County Executive Mark Thomas called Mayor Pagano “one of Chautauqua County’s finest mayors. ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Between an errant snow plow, a tipped over fire department vehicle and the surprise purchase of a sidewalk plow, Dunkirk city employees are finding city streets tough to negotiate — maybe even tougher than blindsided council members. The purchase of the sidewalk ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Accused of failing to do enough to help endangered American steelworkers, President Clinton warned Japan to curb its steel shipments or face stiff trade penalties. Clinton said he would not hesitate to bring forceful action unless Japan voluntarily curbs an import ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 A 1922 Wurlitzer Player Piano was donated last month to Gowanda’s Historic Hollywood Theater by a Tonawanda couple, Harry and Norma Marciniak. The player piano will eventually be used as part of the programming at the classic theater under restoration as a rural ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Katie Smith, Chautauqua County Meals on Wheels executive director, has been named as the new director of the county’s Office for the Aging. Ms. Smith is a licensed practical nurse and has served as MOW executive director for the past six years. For 10 years, she ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Excelco Developments Inc. and Newbrook Machine Corporation recently held their annual Christmas party at the Hideaway Bay Restaurant. More than 90 employees and guests attended. This year’s highlight was a ceremony recognizing five people for service to the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 The Gowanda Area Chamber of Commerce announced the 1998 Spirit of Gowanda award recipients as Mark Schindler for business and Cynthia Constantine and Bryan Bradley for community service. Mr. Schindler is the owner of Schindler Funeral Home, Southern Tier Monument ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 There’s sticks. And then there’s Setterstix. When it comes to the lollipop, nobody in the United States can make a stick like this village of Cattaraugus company. The concept of the paper lollipop stick was born in the village of Cattaraugus more than 100 years ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 In an OBSERVER photo, New York State Senator Pat McGee shares conversation with Mayor Robert Kesicki of Dunkirk. Mayor Kesicki and Senator McGee joined Northern Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce representatives and county, town and city of Dunkirk officials at the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 The Northern Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce wishes to congratulate owner and operator Dr. Estelle Crino for her outstanding hospitality at a recent luncheon for the NCCC and the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation staffers. Pinewood Cottage offers an eclectic ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Gail Black of Westfield is clearly one of the most passionate advocates for treating tourists visiting Chautauqua County with genuine rural hospitality. She fiercely believed in promoting local businesses and area attractions. Not only does she host visitors at her ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 An extra-punctual infant arrived almost on-the-nose for New Year’s Day at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk. Dominique Marie Riforgiato was born at 12:04 a.m. Jan. 1 to Lisa Ann DeCeilio and Dana Riforgiato of Stockton. She weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 18 ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Allan C. “Al” Stuhlmiller, former Dunkirk High School teacher, coach and athletic director, died Dec. 31, 1998. Mr. Stuhlmiller attended Syracuse University on a partial baseball scholarship, graduating in 1951. He then signed with the New York Yankees and played ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Westfield Academy and Central School is helping children cope with issues of grief and loss by utilizing a peer support group program called The Rainbow Program. Designed to support children in the processes of loss and grief and support and educate parents going ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Gasoline prices are at the lowest level they have been in more than two decades and local service stations reflect a worldwide crude oil surplus. Taking the lowest prices available at each station, the average gallon of gas in Dunkirk costs only $.94. The average low ...