Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998

A former Heisman Trophy winner from Boston College has signed on to be the new quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. At age 35, and with many teams looking for more mobile quarterbacks, Flutie signed a two-year contract worth $550,000 with the Bills. After dominating the Canadian Football League for eight years, Flutie wants to show that he can be a good starter in the NFL, saying “I still have all the speed and agility I always had. I’m not on the decline just yet. I know it’s knocking on the door but I still play with a lot of enthusiasm. I’m still running around the field doing whatever it takes to win.” Flutie had brief stints with the New England Patriots and the Chicago Bears before jumping to the CFL, where he was named most valuable player six times.

Thirty years ago — 1988

Student of the Week is Michelle Mathews, a senior at Dunkirk High School. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lynn E. Mathews of 82 Pine St., Dunkirk. Michelle has served as managing editor of the school newspaper, “The Citizen,” for the past three years and has been program manager of the weekly radio program, “High School Highlights,” for three years. She also has been involved in the Marauder television programs, which have aired on the local cable access channel. Michelle has placed first in Dunkirk for three consecutive years and third in Chautauqua County for two years in the Voice of Democracy Contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. An active junior volunteer at Brooks Hospital, she has been accepted at Fredonia State University College where she will major in communications/media, with plans for a career in broadcasting.

Forty years ago — 1978

The Cassadaga Valley Central School Board has agreed to sell the former CVCS administration building for $15,000 to the Sinclairville 76ers, a group of Charlotte township residents who are working to convert the building into senior citizen apartments.

Fifty years ago — 1968

Donald G. Novelli, manager of radio station WBUZ, was named “Boss of the Year” at the Fredonia Jaycees annual Bosses Night banquet at the White Inn. Mr. Novelli, who has been associated with the station since 1963, was master of ceremonies for the Jaycee-sponsored Fredonia Junior Miss pageant in October.

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