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Twenty years ago — 1998 The rapid development of the Vineyard Drive area may soon include a new grocery store. Dunkirk Common Council members recently approved water and sewer service for a proposed Aldi food store on Vineyard Drive in the town of Dunkirk. The proposed store would be near ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The former Cardinal Mindszenty school building and faculty house on Central Avenue in Dunkirk have been sold to an organization headed by a Dunkirk-Fredonia area native. The Diocese of Buffalo announced it has sold the buildings to Renaissance of WNY Inc., which is ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The decision by AL Tech Specialty Steel Corp. to voluntarily seek Chapter 11 protection was the focus of a meeting of the United Steel Workers of America Local 2693. AL Tech Chief Executive Officer met with union members to discuss last week’s decision by the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Blood donations to the Red Cross have been in decline recently. Only four percent of the county’s population donate blood and Amil Manzella of Silver Creek is one of those who takes the time to help others. “For the last eight years, I’ve been going to donate ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 A two-year study entitled “Safe Havens: The Contributions of Youth Organizations to Healthy Adolescent Development” has concluded what many voluntary sector youth service organizations have long believed: Children served by community youth development agencies ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Don Reinhoudt, former World’s Strongest Man, recently visited residents of the Park Shore Health Care Center. He displayed his strength by putting a nail through a board and then breaking it with his bare hands. Residents also enjoyed several films shown of him ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 OBSERVER sports columnist Jerry Reilly commented that the recently-retired 12-year head coach of the Buffalo Bills, Marv Levy, stepped aside with class. Reilly added that Fredonia has lost a good friend in Levy. An avid runner and walker, he was often seen along ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Newly-elected Chautauqua County Executive Mark Thomas and Thomas Reed, chairman of the county’s Industrial Development Agency, are in agreement — economic development is of the highest priority. Mr. Thomas said he will “undertake an immediate and thorough ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 In an effort to break free of its parent company and implement its own plan of reorganization, AL Tech Specialty Steel Corp. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Operations at AL Tech are expected to continue and employee wages and benefits will continue ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Robert D. Kesicki, who officially took office as mayor of Dunkirk on New Year’s Day, issued a challenge to the residents of the city. He urged “every child, young adult, adult, senior citizen and every member of the city to join and be an active participant in ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Buffalo Bills coach Marv Levy refused to say whether he would return next season, leaving open the possibility that his 12-year tenure with the team could be over. Levy started a news conference by saying he would not discuss his own future or that of his staff ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Having received the proper permits from the Army Corps of Engineers and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, owner Don Beckstein said he plans a million-dollar renovation of Hideaway Bay Restaurant on Lake Avenue in Silver Creek. Among the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The former Putnam home at 286 Central Ave. in Fredonia is currently being converted into a new alumni house and conference center for Fredonia State University College. Last June, the Faculty Student Association agreed to purchase the home from Daniel Putnam for ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The Rev. John Reese was ordained as an Episcopal priest and installed as the 27th rector in the 175-year history of Trinity Episcopal Church during a special Eucharist celebrated recently at the historic church located on Fredonia’s Barker Common. A reception ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 In a photo by Jim Boltz which appeared in the OBSERVER, Elaine LaMattina, managing director of White Press of Fredonia and Dr. Daniel D. Reiff, author, display a copy of “Architecture in Fredonia, New York, 1811-1997: From Log Cabin to I.M. Pei.” The book, which ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 More than 300 residents and business leaders came out to toast the recent grand reopening of the Sheraton Four Points Harborfront Hotel in Dunkirk in conjunction with the Northern Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce mixer. The hotel, purchased in August by G.F. Management ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Cassadaga Trustee Pam Kaltenbach said she’s going to find out why the village limit sign on Route 60 indicates the municipality’s border goes beyond where it once was. “It sits directly across from Shurfine and I know that’s wrong,” she said. Mayor Keith ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The recent fire at the Coburn building on the 100 block of Central Avenue in Dunkirk has resulted in a trying time for residents and employees at the building. The damage estimate is around $35,000. In addition to several low-income housing units, the Coburn building ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Mechanical failure in one freight car has been listed as the official cause of the Sept. 15 train derailment along Temple Road in the town of Dunkirk which could cost nearly $3 million for the cleanup. Thirty-six of 94 cars of a Conrail freight train derailed when a ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 The Dunkirk Common Council is hoping a local businessman’s plan to hold a New Year’s Eve fireworks display will spark a holiday tradition in the community. The council recently approved a request from Demetrios Tsirtsakis of Katerina’s and Demetri’s on the ...