Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998

Concerns over vandalism and other problems have led some Dunkirk Common Council members to consider closing the city pier to vehicle traffic at night. Third Ward Councilman Paul Van Den Vouver voiced concerns over conditions on the pier, citing trash, broken glass and a planter being pushed into the lake. He questioned if there was some way to build a gate to shut it down after 11 p.m. or midnight. The gate would still allow fishermen access to the pier, but would prevent vehicles from entering. First Ward Councilman Chet Kozlowski said he has received complaints about youths hanging out at the pier at night from people who have been “chased out, swore at and had things thrown at their cars.”

Thirty years ago — 1988

Fredonia High School senior Jim Ulrich, son of Jim and Linda Ulrich of 9 Johnson St., Fredonia has signed a national letter of intent to play football for the University of Connecticut. A three-sport standout at Fredonia, he picked UConn over Syracuse and Indiana State. Jim was a First Team All-State Small School quarterback selection as a junior and received Honorable Mention from “Scholastic Coach” as an All-American that season.

Forty years ago — 1978

The first Empire State Building Runup was held Feb. 14 in New York City, with the winner running up the 85 flights of stairs in 12 minutes, 35 seconds and receiving a trophy in the shape of the famous building. The winner, August Gary Muhrcke, was identified as a disabled New York City fireman who has collected a tax-free annual pension of $11,822.04 since July 23, 1973. The fireman is now under investigation and, if he is found fit for duty, his pension will be revoked and he will be ordered back to work. His wife told the press, “Running doesn’t aggravate his back, but sitting, driving and lifting does.”

Fifty years ago — 1968

Holy Cross Preparatory Seminary, in its 48-year history, is proud of the fact that it has trained more than 500 young men for the priesthood and brotherhood in the church. The seminary, located between Lake Erie and Route 5, three miles west of Dunkirk, has offered a complete high school course of studies to young aspirants to the priesthood in the Passionist congregation. The cornerstone of the main building was laid Sept. 10, 1916 by Bishop Dennis Dougherty of Buffalo, later Cardinal Dougherty.

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