Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997

An attempt to thwart the tenure of Brocton Central High School principal EvaDawn Bashaw fell flat when Ms. Bashaw’s appointment received the board’s unanimous approval. Prior to the meeting, a number of people were seen carrying signs on the sidewalk across the street from the school. Concerned parents and students were asking that Ms. Bashaw’s tenure appointment be delayed. Petitions were being circulated in the community regarding the appointment. However, none of the petitions were returned to the board, and as a result of the picketing, the board made Ms. Bashaw’s tenure effective immediately.

Thirty years ago — 1987

The recent issue of Mother Earth News included a feature story on Chautauqua County and the advantages and rewards of life in its rural setting. The story was the “baby” of Bruce Woods, a Dunkirk native and 1969 Fredonia State University College alumnus. Mr. Woods has been with the popular magazine since 1978 and within a year of his employment was named editor. Prior to that, he was editor of the magazine Dirt Rider in California. He grew up on Cedar Street in Dunkirk and graduated from Dunkirk High School in 1965.

Forty years ago — 1977

The unveiling of the marker for Pomfret Pioneer Cemetery took place recently with several town of Pomfret officials present. During the program, Miss Elizabeth Crocker, town of Pomfret historian, spoke on the meaning of the cemetery and its historical value to the community.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Student of the Week David Youngerman, the editor of the 1968 yearbook, “The Hilltopper,” has been quite active in school affairs for four years. He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Henry Youngerman of 30 Holmes Place, Fredonia. David is applying for early admission to the University of Rochester pre-medical program.

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