Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 Despite rumors to the contrary, 3rd ward councilman Paul Van Den Vouver says Dunkirk city firefighters have not received overtime pay for more than three months. “They have not taken a penny in overtime since October of 1996, based on my review,” he said. ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Donald E. Butcher Sr. of Fredonia was elected as Potentate of Ismailia Shrine Temple in Buffalo, including all of Western New York. Mr. Butcher joined the Masonic Lodge in 1968, serving as secretary and master, and joined the Jamestown Consistory in 1972 where he ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Chautauqua County might have evolved into something very different were it not for the influence of an Illinois native who brought his expertise here in July 1960. John R. Luensman charted Chautauqua County’s future for three decades, leaving behind a legacy of ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Twenty three years after David Salhoff took on the position, he is still the only bowling coach Fredonia High School has ever had. All those years at the helm brought him a high honor on Jan. 15 – when Salhoff recorded his 500th career victory. Salhoff used to be ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 A People in Profile features Harold Snyder, the Cassadaga Elementary School crossing guard. He spent his childhood in Cassadaga before moving to Phoenix, Ariz. He returned to Cassadaga in 1965, bought a home on Maple Avenue, and became the owner of the former Red ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Clients of Everywoman Opportunity Center now have access to the latest technology for job searches and resume preparation, thanks to a $12,000 member-item grant from the state Legislature. State Sen. Jess Present (R-Bemus Point) formally announced the grant during an ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 The Dunkirk Police Department was the recent recipient of a $2,500 grant from the Lake Shore Savings Reinvestment Fund. Reinvestment Fund Officer Katherine Kaus presented the check to Officer Dave Ortolano of the Dunkirk Police Department. Also present were Officer ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno has rolled the dice on casino gambling and crapped out. Democrats and Long Island Republicans joined forces to defeat a proposed state constitutional amendment pushed by Bruno, that would have legalized non-Indian gambling ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 St. Hyacinth Elementary School in Dunkirk is currently undergoing a multi-faceted expansion of its educational program under the leadership of its new principal, Sister Rachel Mikolajczak, CSSF. With more than 30 years of experience as a teacher and administrator in ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 State Assemblyman William L. Parment (D-Harmony) claims Chautauqua County Executive Andrew W. Goodell may be deliberately misleading the county legislature about the Chautauqua Revolving Loan Fund, a charge Mr. Goodell vehemently denies. Mr. Parment charged that the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 The annual auction sponsored by the Westfield Academy and Central School Band Parents raised more than $1,000 for the Band Parents Music Scholarship Fund. Auctioneer for the event was Dick Marshall of Marshall Auctioneers, who donated his time to this fundraising ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 The weeklong sales tax amnesty program on clothing in January was so successful in Chautauqua County that county legislators are continuing their efforts to seek permanent relief from the tax. Legislators Michael K. Bobseine (D-Fredonia) and Maria M. Kindberg ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Parents of Dunkirk students were given the opportunity recently to ask questions and express their views regarding possible consolidation and/or reconfiguration of the district’s elementary schools. At a session held at School 6, several parents expressed an ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Dr. Dennis L. Hefner, the new president of Fredonia State University College, said in an OBSERVER interview that his decision to apply for the top post at Fredonia State was based on the college’s nationwide reputation as a quality institution of higher learning. ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Mel Huff, a 68-year-old father of eight who resides on the South Dayton-Silver Creek Road, east of Forestville, recently set four state age-and-weight group powerlifting records at the Amateur Athletic Union meet in Batavia. The previous record holder was Huff ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Quarterback Jim Kelly apparently will not be offered a contract by the Buffalo Bills, likely ending an 11-year career with the team he led to four Super Bowl appearances. Radio and television reports said the quarterback would be allowed to become a free agent ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Property owners in the city of Dunkirk will see the tentative results of the ongoing revaluation project early this month. Tentative new assessments are scheduled to be mailed out Feb. 7. The notice will compare this new figure to the old one and will compare tax ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 A feature story by Joan Josephson highlights 80-year-old Lois Harp of Fredonia and her weekly volunteer visits to area senior citizens’ residential facilities. For the past 27 years, Mrs. Harp has regularly brought her musical performances to the Chautauqua County ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Both the Fredonia-Pomfret Republican Committee and the Fredonia-Pomfret Democratic Committee have selected Pomfret Town Justice David Prince as their candidate for the position of Fredonia village justice. Mr. Prince, a registered Republican, defeated current village ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 A retirement dinner was held recently for Margaret Panek of Dunkirk at the Fireside Manor in Dunkirk. Mrs. Panek retired from the Chautauqua County Home in Dunkirk following 24 years of service in the dietary department. Guests included Food Supervisor Ross DiBiase ...