Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998

The Dunkirk Elks Lodge 922 recently held its annual officer recognition dinner and dance at the lodge. Exalted Ruler Ronald E. Bennett presented the Officer of the Year Award to Tom Taylor and the Elk of the Year Award to Gerald Haase. The awards were presented on the basis of outstanding service and dedication to the Elks Club. The hosts of the event were Pat and Bobbi Deering with Ed Marino serving as master of ceremonies.

Thirty years ago — 1988

The Core Area Preservation Company’s chairman Leon Schrantz and Executive Director David Henderson were among the officials on hand for an open house at CAPCO’s new offices at 109 East Second St., Dunkirk. CAPCO moved from its previous location at 123 Main St. last month. The new office is located in what was once a private home that was purchased and renovated with funds from the state’s Rural Area Revitalization Program and a federal Community Development Block Grant. The private non-profit agency was created eight years ago to deal with improving housing conditions in the city.

Forty years ago — 1978

Dunkirk city government was full of surprises for development administrator Roger E. Reese. Following a visit with relatives in Ohio over the weekend, he returned to his job expecting to find Joseph Anderson working in his first day as head of the department. Mr. Anderson, who was appointed last week as director of development, had second thoughts about taking the post and never showed up for work as scheduled. Mr. Reese, who had been bypassed for the post, sought an explanation from Mayor Gilbert Snyder as to Mr. Anderson’s absence. During this impromptu meeting, Mayor Snyder asked Mr. Reese to become the new head of the department of development. Mr. Reese accepted.

Fifty years ago — 1968

“Sing-Out Dunkirk Fredonia” has gained new strength among community youths. The first advisory committee meeting was held recently with Brother Isidore VanBoxalere of Holy Cross Seminary, director of the project, outlining the program and the accomplishments for those present. The program is part of a worldwide movement known as “Up With People” sponsored by Moral Rearmament. Thirty-five young people between the ages of 12 and 16 now form the nucleus in the Dunkirk area for the program. The entire project is concerned with youth expressing their feelings of freedom, brotherhood, love of God and country through inspiring music and dance.

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