Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998

According to an engineering study, Route 60 between Dunkirk and Jamestown is characterized by several design deficiencies. The rolling nature of the highway limits passing sight-distances. While the distances are adequate to pass, oncoming traffic dips out of sight and then suddenly reappears, making passing dangerous and difficult. In addition, the width and condition of the shoulders in several sections of Route 60 are substandard. Cars making emergency stops on the shoulders in these areas are generally too close to the road for comfort and safety. Many sections of the roadway have not been upgraded since the late 1940s or early ’50s when the road was designed to accommodate low-volume, local traffic, traveling at relatively low speed.

Thirty years ago — 1988

Recently retired New York State Trooper Arthur F. Purol recently was honored at a dinner at the Kosciuszko Polish Home in Dunkirk where he was presented with a service plaque by Maj. John N. Gleason (Troop A). Mr. Purol, a zone sergeant assigned to the Fredonia, Falconer, Perrysburg areas, completed 25 1/2 years of service. Jack Van Zile (22 years of service) and John Long (20 years) were also honored on the occasion of their retirement. The two retirees spent most of the service years with Fredonia Troop A.

Forty years ago — 1978

Pictured is Jacob Rednock, 20-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John “Jay” Rednock of Westfield, as he handles the sticks for a drum solo. Jacob’s teacher is his mother, Glenda Rednock, drummer with the Country Four, a musical group comprised of Mrs. Rednock on drums and vocals; Mr. Rednock on bass and Mrs. Rednock’s father, Glenn Eck, lead; and her brother, Michael Eck, rhythm and vocalist. Following a recent performance for members of an area CB club, Jacob was given a standing ovation.

Fifty years ago — 1968

Holy Cross Preparatory Seminary on Route 5 just west of the city limits of Dunkirk will no longer function as a preparatory seminary after June of this year. The announcement was made by the Very Rev. Victor J. Donovan, CP, rector. The 37 seminarians studying high school subjects at Holy Cross will enter other seminaries or Catholic high schools. There are presently 18 priests at Holy Cross — some will be assigned and others will remain. The rector told newsmen it has not yet been determined what is to happen to the seminary building and the 70 acres of land on Lake Erie’s shore.

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