Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1996

A property at the corner of Vineyard Drive and Route 60 in the town of Dunkirk that was formerly the proposed site of a Cracker Barrel restaurant has found a new buyer. The OBSERVER has learned that Kasturi Property Limited, a corporation owned by Pravin and Jayesh Patel, has purchased the property. The corporation also owns the adjacent Vineyard Inn Restaurant and Lounge and the Rodeway Inn on Lake Shore Drive in Dunkirk. The property is the former site of Westfield Homes, which is owned by Albert Sam. Earlier this year, Mr. Sam moved his business after working out an agreement to sell the previous site to Cracker Barrel. However, the deal was called off by Cracker Barrel for unspecified reasons.

Thirty years ago – 1986

A pumpkin grown by a New Jersey man tipped the scales at 671 pounds to set a world record in Collins. Robert Gancarz, a farmer from Jacobstown, N.J., won the $3,000 world championship prize plus the $1,000 Collins site prize. He broke the world record of 612 pounds which was set in 1984. The Collins weigh-in coincided with other weigh-ins around the country and the world. But those competitions did not produce record-setting gourds. Mr. Gancarz stayed overnight in Gowanda after driving his pickup truck loaded with the pumpkin from New Jersey.

Forty years ago – 1976

In response to a front-page OBSERVER story revealing that the city of Dunkirk spent nearly $3,500 to host officials from Dunkerque, France, two city officials have reimbursed the city about $450 for funds they spent during the Independence Day outings.

Fifty years ago – 1966

The Dunkirk-Fredonia Counseling Service Inc., the newest agency participating in the Dunkirk-Fredonia United Fund, was inspired by an article published in the OBSERVER in the summer of 1965. The article was written by Mrs. John A. Greenleaf, a counselor at Fredonia State University College.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1996

The organizers of the annual Dunkirk Free Library Telethon/Auction dedicated this year’s event to the late John Mahaney. The sixth annual telethon took place Oct. 24. Mr. Mahaney was a friend of the Dunkirk Library who had participated in all the prior telethons. He worked for the Dunkirk School System for more than 25 years as a bus driver and later as a custodian at the middle school. Better known as “Mr. Trout,” Mr. Mahaney was an expert trout fisherman. Organizers said he is fondly remembered by teachers and students.

Thirty years ago – 1986

A subcommittee will be named in Mayville to study whether or not Chautauqua County’s coroners ought to be investigated for conflict of interest and whether or not funeral directors should continue to be allowed to serve in that office. Attorney Paul Cambria of Buffalo has been hired by a group of north county funeral directors, demanding action on complaints and on “the potential for conflict” when funeral directors are also coroners. Mr. Cambria said his clients want the three present coroners who are funeral directors to open their books and show how many of the coroner cases they handled wound up becoming clients of their own funeral homes.

Forty years ago – 1976

Construction is progressing on a new entrance to Progress Park on South Roberts Road in Dunkirk about 500 yards south of the present entrance. The project is being paid for primarily by Plymouth Tube with the assistance of Cenedella Wood Products.

Fifty years ago – 1966

Van Buren Point, faced with possible future water problems, has asked the city of Dunkirk to consider supplying water to the resort area. Van Buren Point residents currently get water from Lake Erie via a small filter and treatment plant, with a 40,000 gallon-a-day capacity. The plant serves residents of 169 Van Buren cottages during the summer months and is closed during the winter. Residents fear rising expenses in the operation of the old filter plant.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1996

A former lieutenant governor is among the four finalists for president of Fredonia State University College. Stan Lundine, who served as lieutenant governor for Mario Cuomo through 1994, is one of two New Yorkers vying for the FSUC post. Since the presidential search resumed this summer, about 140 applications were received through Sept. 15 by a special committee of the Fredonia State College Council. Dallas K. Beal returned from retirement to again serve as FSUC president in the interim after Donald MacPhee retired in July following 11 years at the helm.

Thirty years ago – 1986

From Just Between Us ….. Kimberly DeRider, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David G. DeRider, 427 Dove St., Dunkirk was crowned the 1986 Homecoming Queen at Alfred University during halftime ceremonies at a recent football game. Miss DeRider, a senior, was elected to the honor by students and a faculty committee. She was sponsored by the Student Activities Board of which she is president and past secretary. She also has been president of the Alfred University Chorus for two years.

Forty years ago – 1976

To improve parking conditions along East Third Street in Dunkirk, city crews have removed the rows of railroad ties that formed a retaining wall at the base of the elevated railroad tracks along East Third between Central and Washington avenues. The ties were installed two years ago by youths working under a city beautification project.

Fifty years ago – 1966

After 34 years of operation in the same location, Dunkirk Hardware Co. is closing its doors. Owner Albert Hakes of 6 Shorewood Drive, Dunkirk, who is retiring, said the store at 311 Central Ave. will be closed as soon as the merchandise and fixtures are sold.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1996

The village of Fredonia will take delivery this week of a trolley on wheels which will spend the winter undergoing refurbishment for tours next year. Village Trustee Pat Damore confirmed the seller, Jerry Trindel, is set to deliver the former Tops Friendly Markets promotion vehicle. No tax dollars are earmarked to purchase the trolley. Mr. Damore is overseeing the effort to raise $7,000 to purchase the trolley and extra funds to refurbish the vehicle. He heads the village Downtown Revitalization Committee and said plans for the trolley next summer include historic tours of the village and transporting fans to and from the Buffalo Bills training camp at Fredonia State University College.

Thirty years ago – 1986

When the Buffalo Sabres hosted the Calgary Flames in their home opener this month, history was made as the Dunkirk High School Band was a major part of the event. Due to the efforts of senior trumpeter and band Vice President Bob Dorman, the DHS Band played both the National Anthem and the Canadian anthem prior to the start of the game in Buffalo’s Memorial Auditorium. It marked the first time ever in National Hockey League history such a thing has occurred. The band was also featured in the pre-game entertainment.

Forty years ago – 1976

Richard Morrison, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Morrison of Martin Wright Road, Westfield, is the Student of the Week. Elected president of both his sophomore and junior classes, he is currently the president of the Student Council at Westfield Academy and Central School.

Fifty years ago – 1966

A fire fanned by 30 mph winds destroyed four rooms and heavily damaged six others at Ted’s Motel on East Lake Road just east of the city line. Although two units of the motel were rented, the occupants managed to get out of the motel where the fire broke out. Route 5 was closed for more than an hour as firemen laid lines across the highway.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1996

First they lost the game. Then they lost their money. The Fredonia High School football team may have suffered a recent lopsided loss in Lackawanna, but players and coaches were more concerned with an off-field incident that happened during the game. Approximately $430 was stolen from the Hillbillies’ locker room . Cash was confiscated from the wallets of 14 players, the wallets were left behind and nothing else, including walkmans and jackets, was taken. The Lackawanna school has promised full reimbursement as soon as possible.

Thirty years ago – 1986

A Republican Party program to purge dead and non-existent voters from the rolls is actually aimed at scaring blacks and other minorities away from the polls, the Democratic Party has charged in a lawsuit. The Democratic Party filed suit in federal court in Newark, N.J., in an attempt to block the Republicans “ballot integrity” program. Republicans have launched a nationwide effort, said to cost up to $1 million, aimed at purging registration rolls.

Forty years ago – 1976

Chester Tarnowski, director of the City of Dunkirk Parks Department and also a county legislator, has his right arm in a sling. He says he’s keeping his right arm out of action to rest his elbow that was injured while he was picking up brush after last March’s ice storm.

Fifty years ago – 1966

In a speech prepared for delivery at Gannon College in Erie, Vice-President Hubert H. Humphrey called attention to the pollution in Lake Erie. “Lake Erie is by all odds America’s No. 1 water pollution problem,” he said.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1996

In November, a truck will pass through local communities taking contributions that will promote economic independence in the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere – Nicaragua. The Dunkirk-Fredonia Center for Peace and Justice in coordination with the Pastors for Peace (an international relief organization) will be collecting items for this year’s caravan until Oct. 31. The group is collecting medical and educational aid along with tools that foster a grassroots effort for people to help themselves. Dunkirk resident Marie O’Rourke has seen what this caravan does first hand. She traveled to poverty-stricken Nicaragua last January to visit Muelles de los Bueyes, a tiny village in the mountains on the Atlantic side of Nicaragua, where this aid has been distributed.

Thirty years ago – 1986

Retiring as fire truck operator for Murray Hose Co. No. 4, Gene Kemp was honored recently at the fire hall on Doughty Street, Dunkirk. The tribute included a buffet lunch and awards presented by Louis Ziegler (secretary), Fire Chief Ronald Szach and Chester Tarnowski (company president). Employed by the city of Dunkirk for more than 34 years, Mr. Kemp worked three months as a relief man before beginning his career at Hose Co. No. 4.

Forty years ago – 1976

Featured in this week’s People in Profile is Robert A. Miller of Greencrest, who wears three hats at the AL Tech Specialty Steel Corp., where he is supervisor of training, safety and communications. Following his graduation from college in 1974, he joined the company as an industrial relations trainee.

Fifty years ago – 1966

Student of the Week is Donald Baker, president of the senior class at Silver Creek High School. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert W. Baker Jr., 80 Buffalo St., Silver Creek. Ranking near the top of his class academically, Donald intends to major in chemistry in college.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1996

October is Crime Prevention Month and as Dunkirk Police officers took this message into the local schools, they had a new ally. McGruff, the nationally known crime dog, is now a part of the police department’s crime prevention program. Donations from various area clubs made the addition of McGruff possible. Police Chief John Yannie said the program is a way to build a strong relationship between children and the police. Officers Dave Ortolano and Steve Zentz are currently conducting safety programs in the local schools.

Thirty years ago – 1986

A retirement party honoring Rita Kaiser was held recently at the Fireside Manor in Dunkirk. Ms. Kaiser was one of the founders of the junior bowling program locally and served as secretary-treasurer of the Grape Belt Junior Bowling Association for 14 years. The Association gave Ms. Kaiser a solid cherry clock with Westminster chimes to signify the time she devoted so freely to the area’s young bowlers. Among the attendees were five members of the Gutterdusters, the first girls junior bowling team in the Association which became the first area team to win a state title during the 1973-74 season. They are Kathy Frame Pleszewski, Sue Coniglio, Karen Budniewski, Chris Mica Gray and Mindy Meyer Wilmont.

Forty years ago – 1976

Under the direction of Dennis Nowocien, industrial arts teacher, students in the American industries program at St. Joseph’s School for Exceptional Children on Bennett Road in Dunkirk are engaged in wallpapering, painting, ceramic tile and electrical wiring installation as part of their activities dealing with the construction industry.

Fifty years ago – 1966

United States Marine Corps Sergeant Michael J. Granto, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Granto, 414 Leopard St., Dunkirk is reportedly undergoing treatment in a Navy hospital near Da Nang, Vietnam for a wound on the forearm from a snipe bullet in the vicinity of Da Nang.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1996

The Brocton Review, a monthly newspaper published by Brocton High School students, has added yet another award to a growing list of honors it has gathered recently. This time, it’s a Gold Medalist Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association at Columbia University. A 15-page critique accompanying the award commended The Review for soliciting reader input, with the judges saying, “The Brocton Review staff and advisor are to be commended for producing a first-class scholastic newspaper.” Brocton Review Advisor Dadie Sedota said she felt it very encouraging to win the Columbia University honor so soon after learning the Review won a Gallup Award, noting that Columbia gave the Brocton High School newspaper 948 points out of a possible 1,000.

Thirty years ago – 1986

Dedication of the new flagpole at the East Town of Dunkirk Fire Hall on Roberts Road was held recently. The flagpole was designed by Richard Knight and constructed by East Town of Dunkirk firemen. Materials were donated by AL Tech Specialty Steel Corp. and O’Brocta Salvage inc. The flag was donated by Rep. Stanley Lundine and was flown over the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Sept. 17. Shown in an OBSERVER photo hoisting the flag are Leo Roman, past vice president; Dick Purol, vice president; and Mr. Knight, director.

Forty years ago – 1976

The long-awaited field house for the campus of the Fredonia State University College is now close to becoming a reality thanks to some unique financial arrangements worked out among the college, staff and county. The plans call for the $5.5 million multi-purpose field house to be built on the northern edge of the campus.

Fifty years ago – 1966

The Urban-Middle roads water district’s vision of a water system for that area of the town of Dunkirk may soon become a reality. The total cost allowed for the project is $48,000, with the federal government being asked to pay for half.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1996

President Bill Clinton’s recent weekend visit to Chautauqua Institution may not change this historic community, but it has left its mark. That mark is most easily recognizable by an autographed wooden podium which President Clinton personally used in practicing for the presidential debate with challenger Bob Dole. Chautauqua Institution Daniel L. Bratton showed off the podium during a press conference at the Hotel Athenaeum. The distinct mark of the president was inscribed: “To the Chautauqua Institution with appreciation, Bill Clinton.” Mr. Bratton said the podium will be displayed on the institution grounds.

Thirty years ago – 1986

Two color guard members of the Pine Valley Royaltones Marching Band, Holly Snyder and Duane Green, along with their instructor, Tim Stockman, will be bound for the Bluebonnet Bowl in Houston, Texas, in December, if sufficient funds can be raised to cover their expenses. In addition to performing at the football game, these three Grand Champion trophy winners also look forward to performing at NASA in Houston. Each summer, the cream of the crop – the top five percent of those participating at the summer Marching Auxiliaries of America camps across the nation – are selected for this honor. On New Year’s Day, about 200 participants are expected to perform during halftime at the Bluebonnet Bowl as part of the “All American” performance team.

Forty years ago – 1976

John D. Koch, president and chief executive officer of the Fred Koch Brewery in Dunkirk, was one of three recipients of the “Sammy Award” presented recently in Buffalo. The award is for “outstanding contributions to the malt beverage industry.”

Fifty years ago – 1966

Serious deficiencies in conditions at 11 Chautauqua County farm labor camps, including one instance in which temporary closing was ordered, were found in a recent day-long tour by a joint legislative committee. County officials have promised more rigid enforcement of health and safety codes before the camps can be operated next year.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1996

The Stockton community will be getting a new post office thanks to the concerted efforts of the Stockton Volunteer Fire Company and a generous donation by town resident Donald Piersons. Fire Company President Donald Loveless told the Stockton Town Board his organization has been awarded the contract for the construction of a new post office. It will be built directly across for the fire hall on property owned by the fire company that was purchased by money donated for this purpose by Mr. Piersons. No taxpayer dollars will be used to construct the building which could be available for occupancy by next February or March.

Thirty years ago – 1986

Student of the Week is Jennifer C. Osborne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew J. Osborne of Cottage (South Dayton). Jennifer is a senior at Gowanda Central School where she is president of the Senior High School Council. In addition, she is one of the original founders and current president of the Gowanda Central School Students Against Drunk Driving. An eight-year member of the Cattaraugus County 4-H, Jennifer will represent the club as one of 15 delegates chosen nationwide to spend six weeks in Australia this summer. Her interests include horseback riding, reading and music.

Forty years ago – 1976

Middle and Farmingdale road residents obtained support from the Sheridan Town Board in getting county officials to react to complaints that the county-owned landfill is polluting wells. About 20 landfill area residents have had their wells tested recently and believe them to be polluted.

Fifty years ago – 1966

Dana Fox of Cassadaga and George Schneider of Fredonia took top honors in a recent merchandising contest sponsored by Dunkirk Ice Cream Co. Both men are employed as drivers-salesmen.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1996

Peck Trucking in Cassadaga is celebrating its 75th year of business. Three generations of the Peck family have been involved in the trucking business which was first started in 1921 by the late George Peck. The business was begun in Panama using a team of horses and a wagon to haul gravel. Around 1931, the late Mr. Peck bought a feed mill business on South Main Street in Cassadaga. The company continued to provide feed for farmers, coal for household heating and trucking services until 1971, when the feed and coal were discontinued. Dean Peck joined the business full time in 1947 following service with the U.S. Navy and Tom Peck came on board in 1968 after serving with the Army in Vietnam.

Thirty years ago – 1986

About 25 residents turned out for a public hearing held in connection with the possible condemnation of property for use in the Dunkirk Housing Authority’s 40-unit public housing project. The housing authority has selected seven sites for the $2.1-million federally-subsidized project and all are located either on or near Second Street. The goals of the project are to eliminate substandard housing in parts of the city, to prevent the spread of blight and to provide decent housing for low income people. Construction is expected to start in July of next year with the project expected to take 13 months to complete.

Forty years ago – 1976

The Revere Inn, 240 Central Ave., Silver Creek is now under new management and recently held its grand opening, highlighted by a gourmet smorgasbord. Lois Muscato is the manager of the restaurant and Rita Halas is the chef.

Fifty years ago – 1966

George Bentges, president of George Bentges Distributing Inc., today was elected vice president of the New York State Wholesale Beer Distributors Association at its 34th annual convention held in South Fallsburg. The New York State association is the nation’s oldest association of independent beer wholesalers.

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Twenty years ago – 1996

October has been designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Chautauqua County branch of the American Cancer Society has named Fredonia as the target area for this year’s efforts. The reason is because, according to statistics gathered by the American Cancer Society and the county’s health department, there is a higher number of late-stage breast cancer diagnoses among Fredonia women than any other community in the county. No one, at this point, seems to know just why this occurs.

Thirty years ago – 1986

The recent addition of a personal work diary to the Perrysburg Town Historical Museum describes the costs and means of maintaining town roads in the 1880s. The diary once belonged to the late Heman J. Merrill, the town’s highway commissioner from 1879 through the early 1880s. In contrast to modern highway budgets, the old ledger list yearly budgets that rarely exceeded $500. Also, it appears the highway monies were used primarily to purchase materials. Generally, manpower was dependent upon labor from property owners who lived along town roads. Common labor was priced at $1 a day, with more specialized labor such as ironwork on bridges, compensated at $2 a day.

Forty years ago – 1976

Chautauqua County may face the necessity of borrowing money in order to meet its welfare obligations before the end of the year. The county faces a $900,000 deficit in the Social Service accounts by the end of the year, according to Commissioner Charles Fiorella.

Fifty years ago – 1966

Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, D-NY, has scratched himself as a possible candidate for either president or vice president in 1968. He said he would not be a candidate for either of the top two spots on the Democratic national ticket “under any foreseeable circumstances.”

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Twenty years ago – 1996

The dedication ceremony for the newly-named Williams Center at Fredonia State University College took place on Oct. 16.

Thirty years ago – 1986

Daniel J. Lajewski Jr., of Manassas, Va., formerly of Dunkirk, recently spoke to the eighth-grade class at Holy Trinity School about his career as a management analyst for the FBI in Washington, D.C. Highlights of Mr. Lajewski’s visit included discussing the Missing Children’s computer program he is involved in and the extensive travel which he makes across the United States. He warned the students that even though Dunkirk is a small city, they should never walk home alone and should look after smaller children who may be by themselves. A question and answer period followed during the social studies class of Miss Julianne Pauszek.

Forty years ago – 1976

After Dunkirk resident Robert Dyment had his story on a super highway in Brazil published in “Popular Mechanics” magazine, he received an inquiry from the business agent for a carpenter’s union in Corning stating that some of his carpenters were seeking work and asking for the name of the contractor doing this work in Brazil.

Fifty years ago – 1966

Ames Discount Department Store opened its doors to the public earlier this month.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1996

Buffalo Bills General Manager John Butler recently provided color commentary for the Lackawanna at Dunkirk High School game from Karl Hoeppner Field. It marked the ninth straight season Mr. Butler appeared on either a local radio broadcast or cablecast of a Dunkirk High game. But for the first time, it was not a Dunkirk-Fredonia game, which is scheduled this year for Oct. 26. For the ninth straight year, his partner in the booth was Ed Eaker.

Thirty years ago – 1986

For the third time in seven months, Heroism Awards have been presented to Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. people in the region. In early June, a crew out of Fredonia was reconductoring at the Chautauqua Institution. The crew – Jim McCracken, chief line mechanic and Pat Glowski and Dave McIntyre, line mechanics – was moving from one location to another when they noticed a cable TV installer in trouble, about 15 feet up on a pole. Nathan Lamison of U.S. Cable was having chest pains and was unable to climb down. The crew swung into action. After calling for an ambulance, Mr. McIntyre, donning hooks, scampered up the pole, wound rope around it and the three lowered Mr. Lamison to the ground. Mr. Lamison was rushed to the hospital and has since recovered.

Forty years ago – 1976

For the first time in more than three years, Dunkirk is going to borrow money to pay for a city project. The Dunkirk Common Council has agreed to borrow $30,800 to help pay for renovating the city police department. City Treasurer Norm Woloszyn said he hopes to be able to repay the loan in three years.

Fifty years ago – 1966

Twenty children from grades 6, 7 and 8 of St. Anthony’s School in Fredonia recently participated in a tour to Washington, D.C., sponsored by St. Anthony’s Society 388, PVA. Seventh-grade teacher Sister M. Salome accompanied the group.

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Twenty years ago – 1996

Margaret Valone recently received an award from the Northern Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce for community service in Fredonia. Retired after operating a business locally for 40 years, Mrs. Valone was the first woman to receive the Business Person of the Year Award from the Business Club at Fredonia State University College. She also won the New York State Hairdressers’ Association Community Leadership Award twice. Past leadership roles include serving as the Fredonia Organization of Retailers, chairwoman of local Bicentennial and Sesquicentennial community celebrations and co-chairwoman of four Italian festivals.

Thirty years ago – 1986

The Dunkirk Common Council narrowly confirmed Niagara Falls resident Robert Pauley as the city’s public works director. The job has been vacant for more than a year and the subject of much controversy. The council failed to previously approve Mr. Pauley after Councilman Frank Gawronski felt he had not been checked out thoroughly. Councilman Randal Goss voted no, claiming that the city need a DPW director with more experience in municipal public works operations. Another negative vote was cast by Councilman Mark Speziale Jr. who felt someone more familiar with local problems should be hired.

Forty years ago – 1976

Chautauqua County Executive Joseph Gerace announced plans to construct a new north county office building on the Dunkirk Urban Renewal site. This will permit the county to lease the present county office building on Lucas Avenue to the Association for Retarded Children as a sheltered workshop site. The new county building will cost $300,000.

Fifty years ago – 1966

Bill Reeders of Jamestown, a world champion karate expert, gave an exhibition at the Oriental School of Martial Arts at 220 Central Ave., Dunkirk. He holds the highest degrees of proficiency possible in karate, jiujitsu, judo and kung-fu.

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Twenty years ago – 1996

Fredonia School of Music Director Peter Schoenbach was elected president of the New York State Association of College Music Programs at the group’s annual meeting held at the State University of New York College at Fredonia recently. Professor Schoenbach was elected for a two-year term. NYSACMP is a constituent organization of the New York State School of Music Association which is made up of thousands of school music teachers. At the upcoming NYSSMA conference he will chair the session, “Preparing Your Students for College Music Auditions and Placement.”

Thirty years ago – 1986

Comedian Milton Berle ended a night of one-liners aimed at the city of Buffalo with heartfelt advice for one of its star attractions to “stay healthy” as he celebrated the 60th year of stately Shea’s Theater in Buffalo. Berle appeared on stage at the 3,000-seat theater built in 1926 with Henny Youngman, king of the one-line groaners. Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly made a cameo appearance. Backstage after the show, Kelly gave Berle a Bills jersey with the comedian’s name and a large zero on the back. Berle recalled headlining at the theater 57 years ago with a singing trio which included a young singer named Bing Crosby.

Forty years ago – 1976

Stan Fedyszyn, a Dunkirk native, is the producer of the Warsaw Chamber Opera’s “mini-tour” that will present “Kaimora” at Fredonia State University College. The director of various plays and operas in Poland, he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Fedyszyn of 327 Lake Shore Drive East, Dunkirk.

Fifty years ago – 1966

The first Student of the Week for this school year is James Orren Hall, president of the senior class at Forestville Central School. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Orren Hall of Sager Hill Road, Forestville, he ranks among the top five in his class academically.

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Twenty years ago – 1996

The recent extended visit to Chautauqua by President Bill Clinton had all types of area businesses vying for his attention with original signs which were pictured in the OBSERVER. Webb’s Lake Resort Candy Factory tried to tempt the presidential palate with “Welcome Bill and Al. Try Goat Milk Fudge.” The Lakeview Bar and Restaurant hoped the president would forgo the fast food with this sign: “Hey Bill! Forget the Big Mac and Try Our 40 oz. Prime Rib;” and Chautauqua Ironworks’ sign poked fun at First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton’s overshadowing popularity by asking, “Bill Who? Oh, Hillary’s Husband. Welcome Mr. President.”

Thirty years ago – 1986

The Rev. Kenneth Meyers of Boston, formerly of Dunkirk, was a guest preacher at a recent anniversary service at the First Baptist Church of Dunkirk. The church is celebrating its 156th anniversary this year. The Rev. Meyers, a 1949 graduate of Dunkirk High School, continued his studies at the American Seminary in Brooklyn and was ordained in 1954. The son of Mrs. Mabel Meyers, 106 Webster St., Dunkirk, he was formerly pastor of the Bible Christian Church in Brooklyn and had ministered in Alberta and Montreal.

Forty years ago – 1976

The Dunkirk Garden Club has received national honors for its 1975 “A Touch of Nostalgia” flower show. It is the first garden club in Chautauqua County to receive the award. Mrs. Bruce Frodelius, the 1975 club president, accepted the award – a purple satin rosette – on behalf of the club.

Fifty years ago – 1966

One of the old line cherry-processing companies established in 1917 has changed hands. The R. C. McAteer Co. of Ripley has been acquired by the Paradise Fruit Co. of Plant City, Fla. The merger of Paradise and McAteer puts the Paradise Fruit Co. in a position to enter the maraschino cherry world market.

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Twenty years ago – 1996

North Collins is once again tapped for a new post office facility, but without an address to build, delivery is expected to be slow. The U.S. Postal Service and Republican Congressman Jack Quinn have announced plans to replace the existing facility, located in the village, sometime in the future. The local office in 1992 was placed on a five-year plan for replacement, but the municipality eventually was bumped from the federal government’s building schedule. The local post office was placed on the replacement list again, however, after the completion of many critical postal projects cleared the way for North Collins. It is not known when a new facility will be constructed as the current Route 62 site is in good condition and recently was made handicapped accessible.

Thirty years ago – 1986

More than 100 people gathered at The Grainery, east of Sinclairville, to celebrate the “Changing of Seasons in the Country” with a luncheon and fashion show coordinated by Sidey’s Department Store in Dunkirk and The Grainery. This was the last in a series of four such events held at the restaurant this year. The fashion show included modeling by two current Buffalo Jills. David Van Scoter of The Grainery expressed his appreciation for all of the support given to The Grainery events.

Forty years ago – 1976

Miss Dorothea Klajbor, town of Dunkirk supervisor, was recently appointed as a commissioner on the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board by Gov. Hugh Carey. She is a native of Dunkirk who returned here after a career in Washington with the U.S. Department of Justice.

Fifty years ago – 1966

Pictured in the OBSERVER is the outside shell of the new Tops market on East Main Street in Fredonia which has just been completed. Construction now centers around the roof and the inside of the building.

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Twenty years ago – 1996

Demolition crews were busy removing debris after the demolition of the Ford House on Central Avenue in Dunkirk. The structure was demolished by Brooks Memorial Hospital to create additional parking for expanded services at the facility. The city’s planning board denied the hospital’s request for a demolition permit last fall, but the hospital took the matter to State Supreme Court and was eventually awarded the permit.

Thirty years ago – 1986

Daniel J. Belmondo, son of Mr. and Mrs. Silvin Belmondo of Brocton, received a Ph.D. in music education from Temple University in Philadelphia. He has accepted a teaching and conducting position with Neumann College in Aston, Pennsylvania, and is also employed with the Association of Professional Vocal Ensembles in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Belmondo has been the director of the Norristown Chorale in Norristown, Pennsylvania. for the past three years. He is a graduate of Brocton Central School and Fredonia State University College.

Forty years ago – 1976

“I would say that the grape growers of New York State will have to sit down at the end of this year’s harvest and analyze what the industry is and what it will be in the future,” said David H. Pendergast, a marketing specialist with the New York State Farm Bureau. He is beginning week number six of trying to find markets for “uncommitted grapes” from the state. He was able to “find a home” for 4,000 tons of Concord grapes but says he needs to move another 10,000 tons.

Fifty years ago – 1966

Calendar Girl for the Month of October is Brenda Hayes, the 17-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas P. Hayes of Vine Cliff, Brocton. A math and science major at Brocton Central School, she ranks second in her class academically.

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Twenty years ago – 1996

First his family delivered fruit from a farm to the Red Wing Co. Inc. Now Eugene Bailen heads the company which processes fruit grown locally for private label, grocery store brand products exported around the world. Mr. Bailen, the Northern Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce 1996 Person of the Year calls his background “a simple story.” Yet his career in the food industry has borne plenty of fruit for him as an employee for numerous regional companies and as a man who cherishes the charm of his community.

Thirty years ago – 1986

Helen Baran, a Westfield grape grower, recently called for Western New York grape growers to organize and unite. “It’s time for the grape growers to get together and start acting like very astute business people,” Mrs. Baran told the OBSERVER, in reference to this year’s grape prices. She said that although this year’s cash prices for Concord grapes is $150 per ton and slightly higher than last year, it is not enough. It is the general feeling among grape farmers that this could be the year that will see the end of many small grape farms. Mrs. Baran noted that grape growers for the most part will receive less for their crop than last year due to a high incidence of disease.

Forty years ago – 1976

A new store has opened at 27 East Main St. in Fredonia. The Pick-A-Dilli Deli, operated by Dennis Patti, closely resembles a New York City delicatessen. In addition to the usual deli items, the store also offers Amish doughnuts and cheese.

Fifty years ago – 1966

Supervisor Hamilton Clothier of the Town of Hanover announced that plans have been completed and applications for financial aid filed with the state, federal and county governments for a boat launching ramp and recreation area to be constructed in the Sunset Bay Bay area. Estimated total cost is $270,000.

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Twenty years ago – 1996

Pilots, aviation maintenance technicians, airline executives, amateur aircraft builders, FAA and military dignitaries from around the nation and western New York gathered at the Sheraton Four Points Inn Hotel in Dunkirk on Oct. 9 to honor John J. Nalbone, who received the Federal Aviation Administration’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Nalbone began his flying career during World War II and has remained active in aviation for more than 50 years as a pilot examiner, aircraft designer, fixed base operator, airport manager and flight school owner. He was instrumental in the growth of the Dunkirk airport.

Thirty years ago – 1986

From the Reporter’s Notebook ….. Dunkirk Mayor Edwin Gregoreski continues to deny that his order directing streets division workers to clean up Wright Park beach on the Saturday before Labor Day resulted in the city having to pay several city workers overtime to finish bulk trash collections. He stated that so much work remained in bulk pickup collection that overtime would have been needed regardless. Mayor Gregoreski last week told the OBSERVER that while his family did hold its annual picnic at the park, he wanted the beach cleaned for a group of residents who traditionally hold a volleyball game on the beach before each Labor Day.

Forty years ago – 1976

A feature story on “gardener extraordinaire” Anthony Walczak, 217 Willow Road, Dunkirk highlights a lifetime of growing cotton, peanuts, tobacco and experimental plants in addition to all types of flowers and trees.

Fifty years ago – 1966

Robert Collesano, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Collesano of Central Avenue, Dunkirk was elected president of his sophomore class at Cranwell Preparatory School in Lenox, Mass. He is duplicating the achievements of his older brother, David, who served as class president during each of his four years at Cranwell.

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Twenty years ago – 1996

The local jazz band, The Saints of Bleecker Street, is choosing a new name for its upcoming national tour. Because a trademark search yielded a conflict with a Colorado-based band, the local group, led by retired professor Rick Lundquist, is coining a new name. After a month of reviewing hundreds of choices, the group has narrowed down the selection to six names – Independence Jazz Reunion, The Saints of Independence Park, The Saints of Barker Street, The Saints of Bentley Street, The Saints of Cedar Street and The Saints of Charity Street. Community input is being sought for the final choice.

Thirty years ago – 1986

A growling pit bull which crashed through the screen door of a shed leading to the home of a Bucknor Street resident was shot to death by the homeowner as he protected his family. David Odebralski of 118 Bucknor St. told police that at about 8:50 p.m. he was at home with his wife and two children. Suddenly, Mr. Odebralski said, there was a crash from the back of the house. When he went to investigate it, he was confronted by a growling pit bull that began baring its teeth. Fearing that the dog, which had chased his wife earlier in the day, would come all the way into the house and attack his family, shot the dog with his shotgun. The owner of the dog had pled guilty in court earlier that same day to allowing her dog to run at large.

Forty years ago – 1976

Miss Karen Lewandowski, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lewandowski of 312 Veterans Drive, Dunkirk has been named the new children’s theater director in Temple, Texas. On Aug. 20, she earned a master of fine arts degree in theater ballet from Texas Christian University.

Fifty years ago – 1966

Chautauqua County 4-H members are making a special effort this year to promote community beautification in support of the nationwide “Keep America Beautiful” project.

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Twenty years ago – 1996

As part of the Fredonia State University College Homecoming weekend, the resurrected student band, “Hard Luck,” performed at the Four Points Hotel in Dunkirk. Most of the seven original members of the band are Fredonia alumni. They are: Jack Wade, Duane Davis, Charles Nero, Bob DeVita, Steve Willis, David Rostetter and Harold Pierce. Robert Jason was not present. Donations were accepted at the door for a scholarship fund that is being established in memory of Joseph Ianello, a 1970 FSUC graduate and close friend and follower of the band who died recently. Hard Luck used to perform three times a week in Fredonia and also performed gigs in Niagara Falls, Buffalo and Bemus Point.

Thirty years ago – 1986

The very first televised session of the Dunkirk Common Council got off to a rocky start when the council meeting started one-half hour late and technical problems developed in the transmission equipment. The technical problems, according to Ron Terry, manager of Harbor Vue Cable Television, were the result of a cracked cable that was not discovered until just before the meeting started. An executive session led to a delay in the start of the council workshop prior to the meeting. The transmission also lead to a squabble among council members after First Ward Councilman Randal Goss suggested the workshop be held in the council chambers instead of in the mayor’s office due to the large number of people who were on hand for the meeting.

Forty years ago – 1976

The guest of honor at the Silver Creek Luncheon Club was Earl Jenkins, 71, of Dewittville, a double amputee who rode a three-wheel single speed bicycle around Chautauqua Lake to raise funds for the Dewittville United Methodist Church. The 45-mile journey was completed in 9 3/4 hours.

Fifty years ago – 1966

The world-renowned Count Basie and His Orchestra were in the area recently to perform at the Mar-Mar Restaurant on Route 17 in Dewittville.

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Twenty years ago – 1996

In January 1995, a binding vote on the proposed merger of the Chautauqua and Mayville school districts was accepted by Mayville district residents, but defeated by Chautauqua district voters. Ignoring the early setback, students and employees of both districts continued to press ahead and have now combined under the Chautauqua Lake School District. Due to the efforts of all involved, the district has received the Northern Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Award. School Superintendent Donald H. Belcer accepted the award on the new district’s behalf, while stressing all the positive aspects of the merger kept the plan alive.

Thirty years ago – 1986

Chautauqua County 4-H members did extraordinarily well in the Empire Market Hog Contest held at this year’s State Fair in Syracuse. The overall state winner was Dan Anderson of Stockton. Matt Harper of Chautauqua placed third. Chuck Gibson of Jamestown placed fourth and Greg Johnson of Jamestown placed ninth. In addition, Randy Miller of Falconer placed first in the state in the oral interview competition.

Forty years ago – 1976

Dunkirk Mayor Gilbert Snyder favors building a proposed north county ice skating rink in Dunkirk’s urban renewal area. The proposed rink could be built at a cost estimated at $800,000, he said. For the past two years, the city put money into a reserve fund for an ice rink, but last month the entire $82,000 fund was wiped out by the Common Council, which used it as part of the city’s share of urban renewal.

Fifty years ago – 1966

Miss Evelyn Carol Rogalski, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Rogalski of Chautauqua Road, Fredonia has been awarded the silver wings of an American Airline stewardess after completing training at American’s Stewardess College in Fort Worth, Texas. She has been assigned to flight duty out of Dallas.

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Twenty years ago – 1996

Andrea Strek, daughter of Ms. Suzanne Przybycien and Mr. Walter Strek, both of Dunkirk, departed Sept. 13 for Thessaloniki, Greece. While in Greece, she will attend Anatolia College under the auspices of the College Consortium for International Studies. Miss Strek is the only student from Jamestown Community College currently participating in the program. She will be studying Greek culture, literature and archaeology at the college. In addition to tours of the host city, program sponsors have arranged for her to take trips to Athens, Halkidiki, Vergina, Dion and Mt. Olympus.

Thirty years ago – 1986

William “Bill” Statz, the owner and operator of Sunrise Farms on Stebbins Road near Silver Creek was recently named “Grape Grower of the Year.” Mr. Statz has been in farming for about 25 years and ships in excess of 100 acres of fruits and vegetables each year. The family farm includes Concord grapes among its produce. Mr. Statz noted that this year has been one of the better years for his grape crop and that the large amount of rain has been a factor in some area crops this year. He was honored last month at the Festival of Grapes where he was selected as Grape King in 1977, when judging for the title was done on the basis of grapes submitted in a contest.

Forty years ago – 1976

Allen Costantini of Channel 4 in Buffalo won a top award for general excellence in individual reporting for “Possible Medicaid Fraud” given by the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association. His proud parents are Mr. and Mrs. John Costantini of Dove Street, Dunkirk.

Fifty years ago – 1966

The OBSERVER Pet of the Week is a part wire-haired terrier, part cocker spaniel puppy named Terry, who is pictured with 7-year-old Ronald and 2-year-old Brian Lesandro, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lesandro, 90 Newton St., Fredonia.

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Twenty years ago – 1996

President Bill Clinton is currently residing at Chautauqua Institution, his pre-debate hideaway. The president arrived by helicopter just before 2 p.m. Oct. 3 in the south parking lot of the institution amid an enormous amount of security. He was greeted by Chautauqua Institution President Daniel L. Bratton as he stepped off Marine One. Older county residents recalled President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1936 appearance at the Institution. While at Chautauqua, President Clinton is a prepping for his televised presidential debates with Republican opponent Bob Dole.

Thirty years ago – 1986

Tina Lauer, a Gowanda Central School junior, recently petitioned the Gowanda school board to be allowed to participate on the high school football team. She noted that Frontier High School near Hamburg has a female student on the football team as do schools in other parts of the state. Responding to her request, Dr. J. Warren Adair explained the board is against it because “The state doesn’t advise girls to play football now. That’s our legal position right now.” Further discussion indicated that districts which choose to “ignore the recommendation are subject to individual liability.”

Forty years ago – 1976

Arson is suspected in a $30,000 blaze which destroyed a brand new unoccupied home on Route 83 in Forestville. Four firemen sustained minor injuries after the fire broke out in a closet of the one-story wooden structure. The house was a total loss.

Fifty years ago – 1966

A “migrant fire fund” was recently started by the Southwestern Area Migrant Committee to give emergency aid to the families of the three victims of the fire at the migrant camp on Martin Road in the town of Portland in the early morning hours of Sept. 25.

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Twenty years ago – 1996

Amos Sottle now has a permanent spot in Chautauqua County history. Town of Hanover historian Vincent Martonis recently unveiled a New York State historical marker recognizing Mr. Sottle as the first resident in the town as well as the county. The marker was placed at the Irving Post Office at the corner of Erie Street and Routes 5 & 20 in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of his arrival in Irving. According to Mr. Martonis, Mr. Sottle came to an area near Cattaraugus Creek later known as Irving from Chenango County after being jilted on the day of his wedding in favor of a friend.

Thirty years ago – 1986

While the city of Dunkirk’s emergency rescue truck will continue to respond to emergency calls, a paid firefighter will no longer be assigned specifically to the truck. That was the report from Mayor Edwin Gregoreski, who said the new policy, aimed at saving money, will begin on a trial basis. The way the new system will work is that the driver assigned to the pumper truck in the hall in which the emergency truck is located will also be assigned to drive the emergency truck to any emergency calls. Other provisions will be made if that driver is out on a call with the pumper truck at the time an emergency call comes in.

Forty years ago – 1976

Mayor Gilbert Snyder predicted that between 10 and 12 new buildings will be ready for construction in Dunkirk’s urban renewal district by next spring. He said rehabilitation will be most evident on Central Avenue between Third and Fourth streets.

Fifty years ago – 1966

David G. Glenn, 623 Washington Ave., Dunkirk was elected district administrator of Little League baseball at a recent meeting in Salamanca. Twenty Little Leagues with about 120 teams in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties are included in the district.

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Twenty years ago – 1996

Honoring past contributions and reveling in the accomplishments of today, the Gowanda Business and Professional Women recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. For four decades the organization’s Gowanda chapter has worked to elevate the standards of women in business and professional fields by promoting their interests through cooperation and education. The organization’s founders were honored at a recent anniversary dinner, which was dedicated in the memory of charter member Gladys M. Weyand. Dorothy Mangano, a member of the Silver Creek BPW, served as keynote speaker for the anniversary celebration.

Thirty years ago – 1986

The possibility of reopening St. Joseph’s School for Exceptional Children on Bennett Road in the town of Dunkirk is currently being investigated by another group. The board is still looking into a possible agreement with St. Mary’s School for the Deaf in Buffalo using some of the school’s facilities. However, nothing at this point has been finalized. If St. Mary’s did decide to use the school for a building, they would have to go through the zoning board and apply for a variance. Located on a 55-acre campus, St. Joseph’s closed at the end of the 1985 school year.

Forty years ago – 1976

The founding of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Dunkirk 120 years ago will be celebrated on Oct. 9 and 10. A dinner will be followed by a program covering the 120-year history of the church. A formal worship service and reception will be held.

Fifty years ago – 1966

Fredonia Postmaster E.J. Sardeson presented a superior accomplishment award to Postman George Giambrone, who last June 11 saved a woman from death in a gas-filled home at 3 Central Ave., Fredonia. A report on the incident was forwarded to postal officials in New York City and they directed that a superior accomplishment award be made. Mr. Giambrone has been a mail carrier for 10 years.

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Twenty years ago – 1996

A feature story on Amish families highlights their notable contributions to the region. “The Amish community contributes a lot to South Dayton,” said Carl Kerr, head of the village’s business association. They shop in our stores such as the Super Duper, feed mill and hardware store. Many businesses have taken to selling popular Amish products to attract tourists, including the Cherry Creek Depot and the Amish Country Fair in Conewango Valley. South Dayton’s Block in the Square Quilt Shop sells Amish made quilts in addition to its own. Stretching from South Dayton to just south of Conewango Valley and from Ellington to New Albion, this region’s Amish community is the state’s largest, with more than 10 church districts. It is an important tourist attraction.

Thirty years ago – 1986

More than 200 farmers from Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties are crying over spilt milk. Dairy farmers have dumped tons of milk over the past two days to call attention to the problems faced by the state’s farmers. By 1990, it is estimated that 7,200 New York farmers will be forced out of business. They do not want a handout, but rather a fair and living wage for their efforts. Farmers are currently paid less than half of their actual operating costs. The average price per 100 pounds of milk is around $11. Farmers feel $23.30 would be closer to their actual costs.

Forty years ago – 1976

This week’s People in Profile features Dunkirk resident John K. Fink, who was the talk of the town in 1936 when he baked and decorated what was believed to be the world’s largest cake, measuring 6-feet 6-inches tall, 6 feet wide and weighing about 2,300 pounds.

Fifty years ago – 1966

Dunkirk’s applications for state aid for improvement and expansion of Point Gratiot park have been approved by the New York State Council of Parks, according to Dunkirk Mayor Joseph J. Steger. The city must now draw up survey maps and appraisals of the privately-owned Point Gratiot property it wishes to buy.

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Twenty years ago – 1996

While Jamestown residents face the loss of their bus service as of today, operations continue per normal in the city of Dunkirk. Despite protests from residents, the Jamestown City Council decided to disband city subsidized bus service at the end of September due to a monthly operating deficit of $8,000 a month. Dunkirk Mayor Margaret Wuerstle said bus service is definitely needed in Dunkirk and is used by senior citizens, school students and people going to work. In 1995, 30,736 people rode city buses. Under the mayor’s 1996 budget, $56,800 was dedicated to bus operations. The city charges 50-cents to ride the bus.

Thirty years ago – 1986

Ellen Whiting of Fredonia became the first woman in northern Chautauqua County to reach 15 gallons in blood donations. That means she has contributed 120 times (pints). The only man in northern Chautauqua County who has reached 15 gallons is Jim Kelly of Stockton. Blood donations are always needed to keep area hospitals supplied. The Red Cross, a United Way agency, is in charge of blood drives.

Forty years ago – 1976

Cook’s Nursery is moving this month from its present location on Route 20 in Sheridan to the building now occupied by Bates Furniture on Bennett Road (Route 60) in the east town of Dunkirk. The Bates store is going out of business. Ransom Lydell, owner of the nursery for the past six years, said the business will open at the Bates site on Oct. 15. Mr. Lydell’s long range plans call for developing as many as 24 boutiques within the Bates building. He said at least four shops, all to be operated by Cook’s are expected to open in the building by mid-November.

Fifty years ago – 1966

Two new elementary principals were unanimously approved by the Dunkirk Board of Education. Robert E. Block, who has been employed in the Dunkirk school system since September 1954, is the new principal at School 6. John J. Lynch, with 18 years of experience in the field of education, is the newly appointed principal of School 3.