Twenty years ago — 1997
While the local effort to bring a major fireworks convention to Dunkirk was progressing, it appears state regulations may cause the effort to fizzle. Local officials have been working to bring the annual Pyrotechnics Guild International convention to the Dunkirk-Fredonia area in 2000, but concerns over regulations from the state Department of Labor have led the PGI to decide against coming to New York at this time. “It’s pretty much dead in the water,” said Dr. Don Corter of Fredonia. He added there is still a slim chance, but Gov. George Pataki would have to initiate changes in state regulations. City officials had said the PGI Convention could bring $20 million in revenue for the county, drawing 3,000 to 4,000 members and up to 250,000 members of the public for a fireworks display.
Thirty years ago — 1987
Student of the Week is Danielle R. Chiesi, a 10th-grade student at Ripley Central School. She is the daughter of Ralph and Marilyn Chiesi of 42 Burton Ave., Ripley. An honor student, Danielle previously earned the American Legion Award and the Presidential Academic Fitness Award. She has been a member of the varsity girls basketball team for the past two years. Danielle is a sports enthusiast and an avid sports fan. She hopes to pursue a career in dentistry or sports journalism.
Forty years ago — 1977
Featured in this week’s People in Profile is Donald L. Frame, the director and lead singer of the Chautauqua County Barbershoppers chorus. He began his intense interest in singing with the Dunkirk-Fredonia Community Chorus in 1967. Mr. Frame is the owner of Don Frame Trucking Inc.
Fifty years ago — 1967
A long dispute with the Jamestown Municipal Laboratory concerning services which it has supplied for several years to the townships of the Southern Laboratory district has been resolved by the board of supervisors. The board voted 26-7 to give a contract for 1968 public health laboratory services to Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk at a contract price of $13,000.