Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997

Roberto Fred, a well-known local grape farmer, was named grand marshal for the 29th annual Fredonia Farm Festival Parade. Born in Jayuya, Puerto Rico, Mr. Fred came to the United States in 1969 at the age of 14 and has lived in this country since that time. He worked for a local grape farmer, Russell Joy, for 20 years before becoming an independent grape farmer. For the past six years, Mr. Fred has owned and operated his own 240-acre farm on Temple Road in the town of Dunkirk, growing Concord and Niagara grapes. The Fred family currently resides on Temple Road.

Thirty years ago — 1987

The Rev. Richard S. Amico, former pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Dunkirk, is pictured in the OBSERVER saying a final goodbye to two parishioners who attended a farewell reception in the parish’s Msgr. Bernard Hall. Father Amico, recently reassigned to the pastorate of St. Joseph’s Church in Niagara Falls, served as pastor of the Dunkirk parish from February 1974 until June 30, 1987, the time of his reassignment.

Forty years ago — 1977

Rose Mary Mecca, a Lake Shore High School graduate, has been named to the Girls’ High School All-American Diving Team. The All-American classification designates Rose as one of the top 20 female divers in the nation at the high school level.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Ronald Kuciapinski, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Kuciapinski of Forestville, recently returned from Concord, Ark., where he made a record album with Bobby Allen and the Southern Comfort. The album will be released for sale in September.

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