Retrospective — July 1

Twenty years ago — 1997

Plans to build a Cracker Barrel Old Country Store on Vineyard Drive in the town of Dunkirk have been revived after being rejected by the company just over a year ago. In early 1996, Cracker Barrel spent an estimated $100,000 on site plan preparations for a proposed restaurant at the corner of Route 60 and Vineyard Drive. Cracker Barrel was considering the Dunkirk site as part of its plans to open about five restaurants across the state, the first time if had entered the New York market. The latest proposal involves property in the same general area as the original site. Cracker Barrel had also received permission last year from the city of Dunkirk to tap into city water and sewer lines to serve its proposed restaurant, but the deal apparently fell through at the corporate level.

Thirty years ago — 1987

The Gowanda Volunteer Fire Department recently honored eight members for longevity of service to the department. Member Harry Smith took top honors for his 67 years of active service to the department. He continues to respond to each call, serving as base-radio operator for the department’s communication system. Ted Palcic and Mary Fode each claim 49 years of membership in the local fire company. John Palen and Andy Martin have credit for 42 years as firemen. Julius Szymanski is a 41-year member, Norton Fluker was cited for 40 years and Ken Peters completed 38 years of service. Certificates and plaques were presented to the honored members during the department’s recent annual dinner.

Forty years ago — 1977

A feature story depicts the expertise of Peggy Persch Triaga of Silver Creek, formerly of Dunkirk, who is one of the featured craftsmen at the July 2 Crafts Festival sponsored by the Chautauqua County Historians. She is an accomplished china painter.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Mrs. J. N. Keyser, Fredonia executive director of the Chautauqua Area Girl Scout Council, lit the first official campfire at the June 29 dedication of the Girl Scout Camp Timbercrest. The ceremony, which took place at the 745-acre camp south of Randolph, was open to the public.

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