Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998

The appointment of a new director of development and planning for the city of Dunkirk was approved by the Common Council. Council members unanimously supported Mayor Robert Kesicki’s decision to name Christine Kinn of Urban Road, Dunkirk to the post. The appointment carries a salary of $34,000 a year. Mayor Kesicki spoke highly of Ms. Kinn’s credentials, citing her “expertise and past experience” in planning and beautification and in administering Community Development Block Grant Funds.

Thirty years ago — 1988

Philip Baideme Jr. of Westfield was honored recently by the Westfield Fire Department. Mr. Baideme was presented with the department’s Citizenship Award for his actions which lead to the saving of 9-year-old John Gillian’s life. On April 12, 1987, Mr. Baideme witnessed the Gillian youth running from a burning garage at 23 Washington St. The youth’s clothes were ablaze. Mr. Baideme wrestled him to the ground and extinguished his clothing. Then disregarding burns he had sustained saving the boy, he entered the burning structure to make sure no other youths were trapped.

Forty years ago — 1978

Two poems by Fredonia resident Susan Schweik were recently read on the Public Broadcasting System’s national poetry series, “Anyone for Tennyson,” on Channel 54 in Erie. The program called “The Poetry of Youth” was carried in association with the National Scholastic Writing Awards. Ms. Schweik’s poems were part of her award-winning entry in the National Scholastic Contest in 1973 when she won a first-prize in poetry. The two works read were “Daedalus” and “Press Release.” She is a candidate for graduation from Sarah Lawrence College.

Fifty years ago — 1968

At a 10 o’clock ceremony on May 25 in Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna, the Rev. Richard A. Jesionowski Jr. was ordained to the priesthood by the Most Rev. Stanislaus J. Brzana, auxiliary bishop of Buffalo. Father Jesionowski is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Jesionowski, 66 West Doughty St., Dunkirk. He celebrated his first Mass on Sunday, May 26, at 12:30 p.m. at St. Hyacinth’s Church, where the Rev. Casimir A. Zak is pastor. He gave his first blessing at a reception following in St. Hyacinth’s auditorium.

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