Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997

Reopening School 6 on Benton Street will be considered by the Dunkirk Board of Education. The building closed in June after a 5-4 decision of the board in March. New board member Diana Gonzalez requested a resolution to reopen the school be included on the agenda for the next board meeting. Those in favor of the proposal say it is what the people want, while those opposed say it will increase taxes and question the legality of the proposed funding. The resolution calls for taking the necessary money to reopen the school out of a projected $800,000 general fund balance. The board had cut about $300,000 from the budget by closing School 6.

Thirty years ago — 1987

Dunkirk Mayor Edwin Gregoreski announced that he plans to seek re-election and will enter the Democratic primary in September in an attempt to secure that party’s nomination. Whether he will run as an independent if defeated has not yet been decided. Mayor Gregoreski’s announcement to seek a fourth two-year term in office came during a press conference at city hall during which he recalled the old adage, “you should never change horses in middle stream.” In the Democratic primary, Mayor Gregoreski will be facing Ed Wisniewski, the man endorsed for the mayor’s post by the Dunkirk City Committee this month.

Forty years ago — 1977

The Dunkirk Urban Renewal Agency recently gave preliminary approval for construction of a one-story office building at Wright and King streets. The former Five Point Restaurant was located on the site. The developer is Dr. George Fendinger, who will use half of his proposed new building for a dental office and will rent out the other half.

Fifty years ago — 1967

A Sunday afternoon downpour held off just long enough for the recent dedication of the new Wright Park swimming pool by Mayor Joseph J. Steger and city officials. The program included the presentation by Mayor Steger of the keys to the pool to Recreation Commissioner Alvin Kaymore.

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