Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1993

Construction on the new Cassadaga Branch Library building on Maple Avenue is progressing at a rapid pace which work moving ahead despite the winter weather. The library is expected to be finished by spring. The project’s total cost will be $235,000. Money from various sources is funding the new library.

Thirty years ago – 1983

Jack Thorpe, son of legendary Indian athlete Jim Thorpe, is pictured holding up one of his father’s Olympic gold medals that were returned to the family of Thorpe by the International Olympic Committee in ceremonies in Los Angeles. Thorpe, a Sac Indian, was the greatest athlete of his day and won two gold medals in the 1912 Olympics for the decathlon and the pentathlon. They were taken from him when it was learned he played semi-pro baseball in 1910.

Forty years ago – 1973

Nell Marie Wehust, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Wehust of Sheridan, is the Student of the Week. She is a senior at Silver Creek Central School.

Fifty years ago – 1963

A “Gripes Night” meeting to allow parents the opportunity to ask about school and PTA policies and procedures has been scheduled by the Eagle Street PTA.

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Twenty years ago – 1993

A “Do You Remember?” photo remembers when gas was cheap. A Dunkirk Kiwanis fundraiser took place in 1958 at the Atlantic gas station at West Fifth Street and Central Avenue in Dunkirk. Although gas was 28.9 cents a gallon, this project raised several hundred dollars. Participants in this all-out effort were Joe Gullo Norm Rafan, co-chairmen; Fredonia Mayor Russell Joy; and Dunkirk Mayor George Wheeler.

Thirty years ago – 1983

Together for 35 years, members of the Grapevine Pinochle Club held an anniversary dinner at the Vineyard Restaurant in Dunkirk, followed by cards and dessert at the Nevins Street home of Martha Gaura. The group was organized by Veronica Zielinski and Marjorie McCaig-Zbock “while pushing baby buggies one afternoon in 1948.” Other members of the club are Margaret Dimmer, Frances Gostomski, Adele Kuzara, Loretta Levandoski, Mary M. McGan and Jean Zielinski.

Forty years ago – 1973

A “Do You Remember?” photo shows Wuerstle’s Cafe in Dunkirk around 1940 with owners Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wuerstle and their son, Bill. Leo J. “Shovels” Olszowa submitted the picture of this popular Main Street tavern.

Fifty years ago – 1963

The Robert Mascaro family, 27 Bank St., Westfield is sharing its home with Gabriela “Gaby” Morante of Lima, Peru. Sponsored by International Fellowship Inc., Miss Morante has never seen snow.

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Twenty years ago – 1993

Drake’s Restaurant, located at 5361 Lake Shore Drive West in Dunkirk near Van Buren, recently reopened for business under new ownership. Paul and Brenda Hannold are offering home-cooked favorites at Drake’s restored 1930’s restaurant featuring breakfast and lunch every day and dinner on Fridays.

Thirty years ago – 1983

Ms. Autumn Sliter of Mayville, chief clerk of the Surrogate Court, was honored recently for her 40 years of service to the county. Tributes included praise from Surrogate Willard W. Cass Jr. and from employees who presented her with a wristwatch.

Forty years ago – 1973

Forest Hammond has been installed as noble grand of Olympia Lodge 602, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in Dunkirk.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Richard V. Leonard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Leonard of Sheridan, and Gary Hussion, son of Mr. and Mrs. Philip J. Hussion of Dunkirk, have been chosen by Rep. Charles E. Goodell as finalists to compete for appointments to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

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Twenty years ago – 1993

As host community for a new medical waste community, the town of Sheridan received a check from Browning Ferris Industries (BFI) for $11,953.12. The check represents the host fee for the facility’s first month of operations. The facility is the only large-scale commercial autoclave operation in New York state.

Thirty years ago – 1983

Ham, the chimpanzee whose rocket ride in space blazed the path for America’s first manned spaceflight, has died at the North Carolina Zoological Park. The 26-year-old Ham, who made history with his Jan. 31, 1961 sub-orbital flight, rode in a Mercury Redstone II rocket that soared 157 miles high at a speed of 5,857 miles. He flew 422 miles for 16 and a half minutes and endured 14.7 G’s during entry. Ham preceded astronaut Alan Shepard into space.

Forty years ago – 1973

A multi-million dollar major expansion of the Ralston Purina Plant in the East Town of Dunkirk has been announced by company officials. The project will begin about April with completion expected early in 1974.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Hamilton Clothier of Bennett State Road, Silver Creek was elected a director of the New York State Horticultural Society at its annual meeting. Mr. Clothier replaces Lee Downer of Forestville.

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Twenty years ago – 1993

Westfield native Brenda Curtis-Heiken was one of six announcers covering the 1993 Inaugural Parade on Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C. These announcers were, for the first time, stationed in seven areas along the route on Pennsylvania Avenue. Mrs. Curtis-Heiken has worked in Washington for the past 24 years, doing radio and television reporting. She is the daughter of the later Esther Curtis and a 1962 graduate of Westfield Academy and Central School.

Thirty years ago – 1983

Officials at Great Lakes Color Printing Corp. announced today that the company has decided to move its new offset press out of its Dunkirk plant. The press was put into operation last year. In spite of repeated efforts by the OBSERVER today to obtain more information concerning the decision, company officials were unavailable for comment.

Forty years ago – 1973

Earlie Waller Jr. has been installed as president of the Dunkirk branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Fifty years ago – 1963

The Forestville Neighborhood Committee of Girl Scouts met at the home of Mrs. Thomas Neeb. There are 71 girls, 21 adults and four program aides registered in the group.

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Twenty years ago – 1993

There will not be many changes made with the acquisition of the Westfield Bells Supermarket by Scrivner Inc. of Oklahoma City, Okla. The store will now be called Market Basket. New product lines are already on the shelves. Bells customers who purchased the yellow label and National Brands will now find comparable products under Best Yet and Our Value labels. The Market Basket is a group of 20 stores in northwest Pennsylvania and southwestern New York.

Thirty years ago – 1983

Many local women have found weight-lifting a unique alternative to jogging and exercise classes in their effort to stay in shape. Lynn Spell of Fredonia and Barb Kosierb of Dunkirk are among a dozen women who frequent the Dunkirk Fitness Center twice weekly to train with weights.

Forty years ago – 1973

Miss Jane M. Pease has been named 4-H Extension Agent with the Chautauqua County Extension Association. Her major area of responsibility will be the county’s 4-H home economics program and the county 4-H teen programs.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Thomas McGilvery, a senior at Westfield Academy and Central School, was selected as the “Outstanding Teenager of the Week.”

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Twenty years ago – 1993

Student of the Week is Gary Krenzer, 17, a senior at Pine Valley Central School. The son of Robert and Patricia Krenzer of 393 Maple Ave., Cherry Creek, he is a skilled athlete on the varsity football, basketball and baseball teams. Gary has qualified for 1st Team All-Star Football and the Academic All-Western New York Football Team. He was given “first honors” in academic recognition by the editors of the magazine, “Business First.” Gary plans to play football and major in biochemistry at either Edinboro University of Pennsylvania or SUNY Brockport.

Thirty years ago – 1983

Dunkirk residents watching Channel 29’s Eight O’Clock Movie on Monday may have been a bit surprised to find the movie’s host for the night was Dunkirk Mayor Edwin Gregoreski. The television station has been asking various WNY political figures to host the movies on a volunteer basis and Mayor Gregoreski taped a week’s worth of segments without telling anyone.

Forty years ago – 1973

Mrs. James Deakin of Portland has been elected president of the newly-organized Women for the Survival of Agriculture (WSA).

Fifty years ago – 1963

The Fredonia Junior Chamber of Commerce began its door-to-door campaign today to obtain signatures urging fluoridation of the village’s water supply. According to Stanley Fox, general chairman of the event, the drive will continue until all homes in the village have been contacted.

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Twenty years ago – 1993

Recent winners in Bradigan’s Annual Deer Contest include Don Malkowski, winner of shotgun in “Largest Buck Shotgun” category; Dave Reynolds, winner of head mount in “Largest Buck Bow” category; Kevin Lynch, “Second Largest Buck Shotgun” category. Awards were presented by store owner Jerry Bradigan.

Thirty years ago – 1983

The first ice hummocks of the season started forming during the weekend along the lake shore. The unseasonably mild winter had delayed the formation of the hummocks which are now expected to grow in size. An OBSERVER photo shows the hummocks as they appear on a Van Buren Point beach.

Forty years ago – 1973

Honored by the Chautauqua County Chapter Association for Retarded Children were Niagara Therapy Manufacturing Corp. of Silver Creek – Contractor of the Year; and Dean King, Holiday Inn innkeeper – Employer of the Year.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Sally Arnold, a Fredonia High School senior, was chosen to perform at the Music Educators National Conference in the northeastern division band concert in Atlantic City, N.J. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Van Wey of Van Buren Bay.

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Twenty years ago – 1993

The late Joe Annarella was one of the most successful and best known coaches in Chautauqua County and that’s why he was chosen as one of the four inductees for the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame this year. Mr. Annarella coached six different sports with tremendous success at Cassadaga Valley Central School from 1954 to 1976. Other inductees are Bob Winterburn, Leo Corkery and the late Dan Feather.

Thirty years ago – 1983

Silver Creek Mayor Harry VanCuren has appointed Agnes “Pat” Pfleuger as village trustee. Mrs. Pfleuger is the first woman ever to serve on the village board. She currently serves on the planning commission and is the village historian. A native of London, England, she was formerly employed as an OBSERVER reporter.

Forty years ago – 1973

Lyndon B. Johnson, the nation’s 36th president, died today of a heart attack. Last rites will include funeral services in Washington and burial at the LBJ Ranch.

Fifty years ago – 1963

The Future Homemakers Association at Cassadaga Valley Central School recently completed bassinets for 11 small girls at the Gerry Home. The project was coordinated under the direction of their teacher, Mrs. Mary H. Harney.

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Twenty years ago – 1993

The first arrests ever for crack cocaine in the Dunkirk community were made on Jan. 13 by the Dunkirk Police Department when a city woman and two male Bronx residents were charged with possession and sale of crack cocaine in Dunkirk. The arrest followed a three-month undercover investigation by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force. The two men were bringing in at least one ounce of the drug each week from New York City and were finding an open market in this area because it is something new.

Thirty years ago – 1983

Dunkirk’s minority and low-income neighborhood is the subject of a photographic essay, “Second Street,” by Luciano Raimondo, which will be exhibited in King Concert Hall at Fredonia State University College. Dozens of black and white photographs were shot by Mr. Raimondo in the fall of 1981. With camera in hand, he entered the homes of low-income whites, blacks and Puerto Ricans who live in the rundown section of the city and asked if he could photograph them. The results are startling, sensitive exposures of the intimate, everyday details of these people’s lives.

Forty years ago – 1973

The mighty Dunkirk Marauders rolled to a new school scoring record in varsity basketball as they beat the Cassadaga Valley Cougars decisively, 108-53, in the Dunkirk High School gym.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene P. Campbell and family, formerly of Franklin, Pa., are now residing on Berry Road in Fredonia.

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Twenty years ago – 1993

Chautauqua County Legislator Charles Porpiglia (D-Dunkirk) and county Democratic Committee Chairman Jack Dillenburg of Arkwright have received special invitations for the inauguration of President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore in Washington this week. Porpiglia said he played an active role in the Clinton campaign in Chautauqua County. “I guess they didn’t forget what we did,” Porpiglia said. Both Porpiglia and Dillenburg received “personal invitations” from the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

Thirty years ago – 1983

The Dunkirk Board of Education has a 1.6-acre vacant lot to sell and Murray Hose Co. No. 4 wants to buy it. According to Hose 4 president Chester Tarnowski, the lot would be used for Hose 4’s recreational purposes, such as a tent city during the WNY Volunteer Firemen Association convention in 1984. The parcel is located along Lamphere Street, north of the Norfolk & Western Railway.

Forty years ago – 1973

Prints by David Small of Fredonia will appear in an exhibit entitled, “Prints and Sculpture,” which will open Feb. 4 at the Duns Scotus Gallery at Rosary Hill College.

Fifty years ago – 1963

The Herman Swanson family has been honored as the “Farm Family of the Month” by the Chautauqua County Farm Bureau. The family farm, “Breezecrest Farm,” is on Bowers Road between Cassadaga and Brocton.

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Twenty years ago – 1993

Dunkirk Police are investigating a shot fired through the bedroom window of Dunkirk School Board President Robert Barlette overnight. No one was injured, but Mr. Barlette told the OBSERVER this morning he is convinced the incident is related to his role as the chief school board official and the ongoing friction over several recent school board decisions, including one to fire the district’s superintendent. The shooting incident occurred about 4:40 a.m., right after Barlette turned on the bathroom light.

Thirty years ago – 1983

The Fredonia Board of Education has accepted “with extreme regret” a letter of resignation from Dr. Rocco R. Doino, superintendent of Fredonia schools, who announced his retirement effective Sept. 1. Dr. Doino served the Fredonia Central School for 30 years – his entire educational career – the last 18 of those years as superintendent. He told the board he plans to remain in Fredonia.

Forty years ago – 1973

The White House announced at noon today that Dr. Henry A. Kissinger would meet Hanoi’s Le Duc Tho in Paris on Jan. 23 “for the purpose of completing the text” of a cease-fire agreement aimed at ending the war in Vietnam.

Fifty years ago – 1963

A belated New Year’s present to residents of Dunkirk, Fredonia and all of northern Chautauqua County came today when federal loans totaling $2,158,374 for local purchase of the Alco Products Inc. real estate were approved.

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Twenty years ago – 1993

Dunkirk attorney Clarence H. “Bert” Snyder has announced his retirement from active practice, effective Dec. 31, 1992. He began his legal career in July 1958, joining the firm of Sullivan and Sullivan in Dunkirk, which one year later became Sullivan and Snyder. In 1967, the law firm became known as Towne, Rubenstein and Snyder. Daniel Polowy was added as a partner in 1978. With Mr. Snyder stepping down, Mr. Polowy and Walter F. Drag will continue the practice at its present location.

Thirty years ago – 1983

Hanover Fish & Game Club’s Fall Trap League champions were presented with their awards recently. The group includes Roger Irish, Tom Walton, captain Steve Jones, sponsor Mike Davison, Glenn Scheuneman, Rick Laurito, Billy Potkovick, David Proper, Tim Tyler, Tom Trembath and Charlie Kable.

Forty years ago – 1973

The monthly meeting of the School 6 Parents Club will feature John Gullo, elementary art instructor, presenting a program explaining his work with the children.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Dunkirk Mayor Joseph J. Steger received a letter from the secretary of state of the Vatican praising Dunkirk and other area residents for the assistance given to the city of Dunkerque, France.

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Twenty years ago – 1993

Dana L. White, newly-promoted to the position of Chef De Cuisine at the White Inn in Fredonia, had one of his original recipes – Creamy Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon and Dill in Puff Pastry Shells – chosen for inclusion in a unique Country Breakfast from “America’s Best Country Inns” collection.

Thirty years ago – 1983

The Fredonia High School chapter of the National Honor Society recently held its annual induction ceremony in the school auditorium. Twenty-three juniors and seniors were presented with their certificates and charms/tie tacks, after which Richard Dawes, “Teacher of the Year,” made a few comments. Several musical selections by various musicians followed.

Forty years ago – 1973

At the Silver Creek School Board meeting held recently, Michael Schober, water treatment plant superintendent, was commended for his article which was recently published in a business magazine.

Fifty years ago – 1963

The town of Portland Sesquicentennial 1963 Committee met at Brocton Central School with Town Supervisor Gerald Tubbs presiding. Nicholas Rizzo was appointed parade chairman.

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Twenty years ago – 1993

Work is about halfway complete on a comprehensive construction project at St. Joseph’s Church in Fredonia. According to the Rev. James O’Connor, pastor, the construction is expected to be completed by April 2 and was preceded by a three-year fund drive. The 4400 square foot addition will link the rectory, church and parish center, along with providing a new on-level entrance. Also new will be a gathering area for after Masses, a new parish office, two handicapped restrooms, a new sacristy and chapel, and a two-car garage.

Thirty years ago – 1983

Student of the Week is Nicholas Smith, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Smith of Van Buren Road, Dunkirk. A senior at Fredonia Central School, he is a National Merit Commended Scholar. He has also participated in varsity football and track. Outside of school, Daniel enjoys sports, hunting and martial arts. Following graduation, he plans to attend Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, majoring in aerospace engineering.

Forty years ago – 1973

The first dinosaur footprints ever found in New York state have been discovered near Nyack by two college students. The prints are estimated to be 200 million years old.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Approximately 100 persons attended a retirement party at the St. Stephen’s Hotel in Brocton for Merle L. Ferguson, superintendent of public works and Matthew D. Ludlow, lineman for the village of Brocton.

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Twenty years ago – 1993

Timothy Plyler, 17, a senior at Brocton Central School, has been chosen as Student of the Week. He ranks in the upper third of his class and is a member of the National Honor Society and Business Club. Tim has participated in varsity baseball and football and the Archery Club. The son of Mr. and Mrs. David Plyler of Webster Road, Fredonia, he plans to major in biology at the University of Rochester.

Thirty years ago – 1983

A meeting is scheduled at the Sheridan Fire Hall to discuss the formation of a new Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Sheridan. A minimum of 25 members is required to form the new charter. Eligibility in the Veterans of Foreign Wars includes the issuance of a campaign medal for overseas service.

Forty years ago – 1973

Noel Ames was elected chief of the Stockton Volunteer Fire Co. Inc. at the annual election. Lawrence Carlson was re-elected as first assistant chief and Robert Belovorac as second assistant chief.

Fifty years ago – 1963

H. Vernon Davis of Mayville has been hired as the new German teacher at Dunkirk High School. Superintendent Franklin H. Hazard is a former pupil of Mr. Davis, a teacher at the school in the past.

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Twenty years ago – 1993

Press Box Trading Cards, now in its second year of business, has grown to carry the largest selection of trading cards, both sport and non-sport, in the lakeshore area. Owner Dick Clarke’s intention is to accomplish the same in his newest area, which is comic books and will open a room which will be devoted to them this month. The business is located at 154 Central Ave., Silver Creek.

Thirty years ago – 1983

An OBSERVER photo shows a house which was surrounded by the new Quality Markets parking lot on Jackson Street in Silver Creek, and will be moving soon. Its new location will be on Stewart Avenue. The quaint, two-story structure, owned by Harry Quint of Silver Creek, at one time was the home of servants and chauffeurs to members of the Oliver Lee family, who resided in the large mansion on the hill behind the market. Mr. Lee, who is known as “the man who built Silver Creek,” once owned much of the area along Jackson Street toward the lake, invested in several area businesses and donated much to the community.

Forty years ago – 1973

Merritt Howard of Forestville was named “Cattleman of the Year” by the New York State Cattlemen’s Association at its annual meeting today in Syracuse.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Henry W. Hutton of Westfield has been elected potentate of the Ismailia Temple, Ancient Arabic Order, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine in Buffalo. Mr. Hutton is only the second Chautauqua County resident to receive the honor in the history of the organization.

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Twenty years ago – 1993

A “Do You Remember?” photo reveals that Nial Hadden operated a business at 6 Center St. to support Fredonia’s growing natural gas business at the turn of the century. He advertised “Everything for Natural Gas – Power Burners a Specialty.” The photo was taken between 1907-1909. The gentleman in the photo is Nial Hadden’s older brother, William Parks Hadden, who was a partner with his brother in the business. William was a member of the Masonic Order at Fredonia.

Thirty years ago – 1983

Fredonia Mayor Louis Mancuso announced today that he will seek be seeking a third two-year term in the March 14 village election. Mayor Mancuso listed as his first priority the water distribution system and water production facilities “which I believe holds the key to any future economic growth in the village.” Another top priority is to make the sewer plant more cost effective and efficient.

Forty years ago – 1973

Frank Dudek of Babcock Street, Silver Creek was chosen to fill the vacancy left by Jay Roof on the Silver Creek School Board. President Louis Piede conducted the meeting.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Robert R. Dew, president of the Dunkirk Trust Co., reported to the stockholders at the annual meeting that 1962 had been a profitable year.

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Twenty years ago – 1993

Four sponsors have been found so far to each donate $1,000 for the “Welcome To Dunkirk” signs the city plans to build at all major entrances to the city. The donors are Lake Shore Savings and Loan, Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency, Quality Markets and Tops Markets who have agreed to donate funds for one sign each. Each sponsor will be recognized with a plaque on the sign they donate.

Thirty years ago – 1983

The Plymouth Tube Co. plant in Dunkirk’s Progress Park will indefinitely discontinue operations on about Feb. 1 – a move that will permanently idle 68 area residents. The decision to close was because of a lack of demand for the company’s products due to the nation’s poor economic climate. According to company officials, the Dunkirk facility will be mothballed, although it is possible it will be opened again some time in the future – if production demands warrant it.

Forty years ago – 1973

Miss Deborah Chalmers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Chalmers of Miller Road, Sheridan is a Dean’s List student at Erie Community College where she studies secretarial science.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Newly-appointed Chautauqua County Judge Edwin G. O’Connor and Surrogate McKinley L. Phillips, took their oaths of office this morning following notification by Gov. Rockefeller’s office of their appointments.

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Twenty years ago – 1993

The Dunkirk Local Development Corporation has approved a $50,000 loan that will be used to help the owners of Johnson’s Central Service renovate two existing garage bays into a mini-mart food store operation. The total project costs about $150,000 with the rest coming from private financing. The business will be named the Green Tree Convenience Store. Owner Steve Johnson said the new 24-hour-a-day business will create 8-9 full-time jobs.

Thirty years ago – 1983

Efforts are being made to preserve the Westfield train depot, which is slated for demolition by Conrail. The Westfield Village Board adopted a resolution to support an effort by the Chautauqua County Historical Register to preserve the railroad depot. The 79-year-old building, which was once used as a New York Central passenger depot, was slated for demolition this week by the railroad company.

Forty years ago – 1973

It was learned today that Sheriff John R. Bentley presented a new badge to Officer Donald C. Szwejbka, signifying his promotion to sergeant in the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department. Sgt. Szwejbka, 39, lives at 68 W. Doughty St., Dunkirk.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Bar Mitzvah ceremonies were held recently at Temple Beth El in Dunkirk for David Youngerman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Youngerman, 30 Holmes Place, Fredonia.

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Twenty years ago – 1993

It appears that all systems are go for a community center at the Eagle Street School in the village of Fredonia. The joint effort of the village of Fredonia, town of Pomfret, Chautauqua County Office for the Aging, the school district and the senior citizens groups will become a reality in 1993, according to Mac McCoy, who is serving as a spokesman for the group. The center is expected to be going full force by the end of the year and will be a focal point for senior citizens.

Thirty years ago – 1983

Calendar Girl for the Month of January is Ann Lokietek, 18, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lokietek, Whitaker Road, Forestville. Ann has been president of her class at Forestville Central School throughout high school and a member of the Student Council for four years. She has also been a member of National Honor Society and the girls’ basketball, softball and volleyball teams. She plans to attend SUNY Fredonia in September.

Forty years ago – 1973

The executive board of the Dunkirk-Fredonia Business and Professional Women’s Club will meet at the Market Street home of Mrs. Martha Bialaszewski, president.

Fifty years ago – 1963

The Ford Motor Co. of Buffalo has donated automotive equipment valued at $814 for use in the auto mechanics class at Dunkirk Industrial High School. Carroll Gittere, president of Dunkirk Motors Inc., was instrumental in securing the equipment.

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Twenty years ago – 1993

The Dunkirk-Fredonia area will end up with two new Quality Markets under a deal approved recently regarding the sale of stores owned by the bankrupt Peter J. Schmitt (PJS) Co. The Bells Market on East Fourth Street in Dunkirk along with the Freshmart Store in Fredonia, have been purchased by the Penn Traffic Co. of Johnstown, Pa., and will become Quality Markets within the next two days. The company already operates a Quality Market at the D&F Plaza and that store will remain in full operation.

Thirty years ago – 1983

On the evening of Jan. 2, the Fredonia First Baptist Church began its 175th anniversary celebration with a candlelight service, with the Rev. Cyrus Sprague, Area 1 associate minister, participating. The Rev. John Binkiwitz Jr. delivered a sermon. The church bell was rung 175 times by the young people as the congregation proceeded out of the church carrying lanterns and assembled around the water fountain in Barker Common.

Forty years ago – 1973

Marilyn Ann Abbey was announced as the “Student of the Week” at Cassadaga Valley Central School. She is the 17-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Abbey of Sinclairville.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Jerry Tramuta, Cardinal Mindszenty High School’s basketball guard, put on a fantastic show as the Monarchs downed host Fredonia 52-48 in the last five minutes of the game.

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Twenty years ago – 1993

A front page photo shows quarterback Frank Reich celebrating with Mark Pike and Steve Christie after Christie’s 32-year field goal in overtime completed the greatest comeback in NFL history – a 41-38 victory by the Bills in the AFC wild card game at Rich Stadium. The Bills rallied from a 35-3 deficit in order to move on to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road.

Thirty years ago – 1983

Princess Rachel Margaret Conti, the first baby born at Brooks Hospital in 1983, made her debut into the world at 9:01 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 2, weighing 6 pounds, 15 ounces – thus winning the “First Baby” contest co-sponsored by the OBSERVER and participating merchants. She is the second daughter born to Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. (Rebecca Smith) Conti, 20 Lucas Ave., Dunkirk.

Forty years ago – 1973

Jesse Thomas of Dunkirk High School nearly did it all as the Marauders basketball team survived a late scare to down Salamanca, 87-79, in a CCIAC contest.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Officials of the Fredonia Junior Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of their Christmas home lighting contest. First prize was won by Francis Leone, 21 Westerly Drive; second place was Mrs. Maxine Allessi, West Main Road and third place went to Douglas Manly, 35 Central Ave.

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Twenty years ago – 1993

Bridget Henderson showed a knack for basketball as early as the fifth grade. That’s when the Dunkirk native won a hoop shot contest sponsored by the local Elks Club. The rest is history. Today, Bridget is a sophomore at St. John Fisher College in suburban Rochester, where she plays guard for one of the country’s most successful basketball programs. She credits her high school coach, Bob Uszacki, for providing the inspiration.

Thirty years ago – 1983

Getting people back to work. That will be the number one priority of Assemblyman William Parment in his new job of representing the state’s 150th Assembly District in Albany. At his swearing-in ceremony on New Year’s Day in the court chamber at Dunkirk City Hall, Mr. Parment said that reducing unemployment across the state has to be not only his goal, but also that of every state and local elected official across the state.

Forty years ago – 1973

It was announced today that Silver Creek native and graduate of Fredonia State University College, Dr. James H. Young, has been named acting vice president for administration at Buffalo State University College.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Airman First Class James Smith was named “Outstanding Airman of the Month” for the 42nd Combat Defense Squadron of the U.S. Air Force, Loring Air Force Base, Maine. Information was provided by his proud mother-in-law, Mrs. Evelyn Dickinson of Bennett State Road, Silver Creek.

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Twenty years ago – 1993

A dog is credited with saving the life of its owner this morning in a house fire on Mackinaw Road in Versailles. Gerald Small was awakened shortly after 3 a.m. today by his dog to the sound of smoke detectors in the adjoining portion of his residence. Mr. Small lives in a garage apartment, and despite the fact that smoke alarms sounded and could be heard down the road as firemen approached the house, it was Mr. Small’s dog who actually awakened him. Mr. Small was unhurt and refused any treatment.

Thirty years ago – 1983

The Gowanda Youth Center on East Main Street was officially dedicated during ceremonies that included a ribbon-cutting event and an open house party. Members of the youth center council, local municipal officials and about 100 community residents were on hand to witness the event.

Forty years ago – 1973

Kathleen Szopinski, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Szopinski of 325 Hoyt St., Dunkirk and Thomas Cieslewicz of 375 Lake Shore Drive East, Dunkirk were both named to the dean’s list at Findlay College in Ohio.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Judith Jeffrey, 197 East Main St., Fredonia is the recipient of the “Good Citizenship” Essay Award by the Benjamin Prescott Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.