Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997

Another Chadwick Bay community has officially signed on to take part in the first regional waterfront revitalization project in the history of the state. During a recent meeting, the Sheridan Town Board unanimously approved a resolution to participate in the $67,000 project. The cost to Sheridan will be $2,917, which will come from the town’s engineering account. The goal of the project is to prepare a development plan for the waterfront areas in the city of Dunkirk, towns of Dunkirk, Pomfret, Portland and Sheridan and the village of Silver Creek. The plan will then be used to apply for funding to carry out the projects.

Thirty years ago — 1987

The Pomfret Zoning Board of Appeals, after months of postponements, made a unanimous decision to grant two variance requests to Robert Bender for a used car lot at Route 60 and McAllister Road under certain conditions. A use variance was granted despite zoning of the land, which is less than two acres, for agricultural-residential use. Residents are concerned about traffic and safety problems in the area. McAllister Road residents have voiced their opinions against the variance at past meetings, explaining that several accidents have occurred at the intersection and small children are in the area. Board member Ernest Renwick pointed out that this decision was the longest one ever made by the board and provoked much thought, objectivity and fairness.

Forty years ago — 1977

Pictured is Cindy Gent of Fredonia as she tries out the new outside book return at the Dunkirk Free Library on Central Avenue at East Sixth Street. The new depository is located on the East Sixth Street side of the building. Books may be dropped off in the return 24 hours a day. The new book return replaces a depository damaged by fire March 5.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Sen. Robert F. Kennedy says he will not challenge President Johnson for the Democratic nomination in 1968 or accept a vice presidential bid “under any circumstances.” He said he planned only to seek re-election to the Senate from New York in 1970. “I don’t think I can plan for a 1972 presidential try,” Senator Kennedy said. “It would be foolish. I don’t even know if I’m going to be here.”

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