Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998

Cassadaga Trustee Pam Kaltenbach said she’s going to find out why the village limit sign on Route 60 indicates the municipality’s border goes beyond where it once was. “It sits directly across from Shurfine and I know that’s wrong,” she said. Mayor Keith Kelley explained the sign was placed there by the NYS Department of Transportation once work on Route 60 was completed several years ago. “We told them it was in the wrong place, but they insisted that’s where the specs called for it to be,” the mayor said. Mrs. Kaltenbach added she would be checking into this further and if she finds that the village borders have been extended by the state, then maybe the village of Cassadaga can begin collecting taxes from the property it now includes.

Thirty years ago –1988

Madylon Kubera was sworn in New Year’s Day as mayor of the city of Dunkirk before a standing-room-only crowd at the city’s Senior Citizen Center. In taking the oath of office, she became the first woman mayor in the city’s history and the first independent elected to that office in many years. Mrs. Kubera told the audience of over 300, however, that neither gender nor politics would play a major role in her administration and that the emphasis instead would be on fostering a sense of pride in the community. She added, “If we talk about Dunkirk as though we don’t believe in Dunkirk, that is what’s going to happen and that is what has happened. I believe in Dunkirk, or I wouldn’t be standing here now. And someone must have believed in me or I wouldn’t be standing here.”

Forty years ago — 1978

The Chautauqua County Farm Bureau has been cited as best in the state for achievement in the program areas of local affairs and organizations during 1977. The county also received the coveted Farm Bureau Gold Key.

Fifty years ago — 1968

It appears that the stage is being set for a pay raise for Dunkirk Mayor Joseph J. Steger, who currently receives $5,000 a year. The Dunkirk Common Council is thinking in terms of a $2,500 increase to the mayor’s salary to $7,500 a year. The council increased the salary from $2,500 to $5,000 in 1965.

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