Retrospective July 11

Twenty years ago — 1997

A local waterfront study involving the city of Dunkirk has attracted the interest of the state. Last week, the city took steps to accept a $35,000 grant from New York state to prepare a local waterfront revitalization plan. The grant will be used to cover the cost of preparing a local waterfront revitalization plan which is necessary to seek funding for various waterfront improvement projects. Mayor Margaret Wuerstle announced the plan would include Dunkirk and five other waterfront communities in the area. The mayor said this will be a “pilot project” as it is the first regional waterfront revitalization plan in the state. As a result, New York’s secretary of state Alexander Treadwell is interested in meeting with representatives of the Chadwick Bay Regional Task Force.

Thirty years ago — 1987

As Prince Charming and the seven dwarfs looked on, Snow White got a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame honoring her half-century as an animated character. The ceremony was held in anticipation of the July 17 re-release of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” Walt Disney’s first full-length animated feature. “I look at the film and it is just as good now as it was then (fifty years ago),” Roy Disney, the Disney studio founder’s younger brother, told the crowd. The actress playing Snow White arrived in a carriage drawn by two horses, but her departure had a touch of the Eighties. Snow White left in a white stretch Cadillac limousine.

Forty years ago — 1977

Angelo Bennice, Dunkirk’s wastewater treatment plant superintendent, was recently named by New York State Gov. Hugh Carey to serve on the Fredonia State University College Council. The non-salaried post is a nine-year appointment. The purpose of the council is to supervise college activities.

Fifty years ago — 1967

One of the area’s newest tourist attractions was recently visited by representatives of the Dunkirk Chamber of Commerce when they toured the Winston Wine Cellars of Fredonia Products Inc., located at 200 Water St. Stanley T. Star is the vice president and general manager.