Twenty years ago — 1998

Would the former Cardinal Mindszenty High School building be best utilized as a housing complex or a recreation center? That was among the questions considered when Dunkirk city officials met with developer/owner Michael Christopher and his associates. City Youth and Recreation Director noted that the school’s present gymnasium alone would be of no use for the city’s program. From a recreation standpoint, it would be necessary to have a multi-use facility. Councilman-at-Large Norman Nalepa said he thinks a senior housing complex would be the best use of the facility because of the demand for such housing and the fact that doctors’ offices and the hospital are nearby.

Thirty years ago — 1988

Student of the Week is Erik Kibelsbeck, a senior at Silver Creek Central School. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kibelsbeck of Dennison Road, Silver Creek. Throughout high school, Erik has exhibited exceptional talent in the field of music. He was the bassoon soloist honors winner at the 1986 Ithaca College Music Competition. Recently, he took first place in state competition and was selected to play in the National Honors Orchestra. Eric is also the top-ranking student in his senior class. He is a Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship competition. Following graduation, he plans to pursue a career in music.

Forty years ago — 1978

Representatives of the Hanover Historical Society will attend the Silver Creek Village Board meeting in a last ditch attempt to save the historic Elwell Mansion on Central Avenue from demolition. Bids for its demolition will be opened at the meeting. The historical society would like to use the money earmarked to demolish the landmark to renovate it instead. The building then would be used not only as a historical society headquarters, but could be used for youth groups, the chamber of the commerce and others.

Fifty years ago — 1968

A Dunkirk telephone operator with an unusual hobby has won New York Telephone’s 1967 “Miss Voice and Courtesy” award. Miss Susan Persons, who has trained her half-Arabian mare to perform tricks on cue, was among 22 area telephone operators cited for their outstanding manners and pleasant way of speaking when assisting customers.