Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997

An $800,000 renovation project at Jamestown Community College’s North County Center in Dunkirk will be presented to the JCC Foundation board on Dec. 3. The North County Center has seen rapid growth and is out of room. It is currently renting room next door at Chautauqua Opportunities. The renovation project will increase space within the building which is on Route 60. The basement of the building will be renovated to make room for tutoring, a large assembly room, extra credit facilities and the business and industry training program.

Thirty years ago — 1987

“Positively Main Street” — that’s the name of a new retail clothing business at 9 East Main St., Fredonia, owned by Jennifer Tomkiewicz of Fredonia. Positively Main Street opened its doors June 25 and has a staff consisting of Mrs. Tomkiewicz and Mary Gangi, both of the now-closed Ricki Dee Dress Shop in the D&F Plaza in Dunkirk. Mrs. Tomkiewicz was the manager of that store. Her new business carries women’s and junior apparel and some men’s clothing. She describes her store, formerly McEntarfer’s Apothecary, as having a country atmosphere.

Forty years ago — 1977

Roblin Industries Inc. has announced that it will expand its steel plant in Dunkirk to double its steel-making capacity up to 180,000 tons a year. The expansion project, estimated at $18 million, is expected to lead to the creation of between 150 and 200 new jobs at the Dunkirk plant in Progress Park on South Roberts Road. The plant now has about 200 employees. Construction is expected to begin next year.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Construction work on the new Murray Hose Co. No. 4 fire hall is expected to be halted because of a change by the state department of public works in its plan for the reconstruction of Route 60 from the city line on Bennett Road through the city to Route 5. The state’s new plans call for the construction of a tunnel under the railroad crossing on Lamphere Street. If this is done, the roadway would be depressed for a considerable distance south of the railroad crossing and the new fire hall site would be left “high and dry.”

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