Twenty years ago — 1997

Karen Ann O’Brocta, daughter of Mrs. Elaine O’Brocta of Dunkirk and the late James F. O’Brocta Sr., recently earned a master’s degree in deaf education from Canisius College in cooperation with St. Mary’s School for the Deaf in Buffalo. Miss O’Brocta received a bachelor’s degree in special education, mentally and physically handicapped, from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in May 1995. A 1991 graduate of Dunkirk High School, she recently accepted a teaching position in special education at the Language Development Program in Tonawanda for a six-week summer program for autistic, hearing-impaired, visually impaired and developmentally-delayed boys ages 11-13.

Thirty years ago — 1987

A company that plans to operate a large passenger ferry on Lake Erie that is capable of carrying more than 680 people has expressed an interest in stopping periodically in Dunkirk. The ferry will offer daily crossings between Buffalo and Crystal Beach, Ontario, from May through October. In addition to the daily trips to Crystal Beach, the company is considering special all-day cruises to Dunkirk Harbor, with a one-hour layover before returning to Buffalo. The cruise will take about three hours in each direction with shuttle buses to return one-way passengers, either to Buffalo, following the morning cruise, or back to Dunkirk, following the afternoon cruise. The Dunkirk cruises would be scheduled about once a month.

Forty years ago — 1977

The Cole and Cardamone medical offices at the One Liberty Square Building in Dunkirk now has a third member, Dr. William A. Kutner Jr., who is practicing as an orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Kutner, a resident of this area since 1950, resides on Shorewood Drive, Dunkirk with his wife, Linda Anne.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Kenneth Mancuso, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Mancuso of Deer Street, Dunkirk was awarded a political science scholarship to Arizona State University, where he will continue his education in that field. He is a graduate of Dunkirk High School, Class of 1963.