Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998

The USS Alaska (CB-1) annual reunion was held recently in Annapolis, Md., under the direction of former Fredonia Mayor Charles St. George. One of the arranged tours was a visit to the U.S. Naval Academy with dinner at the officer’s club. The guest speaker was Ensign Michael Heary of Fredonia, a recent graduate and standout basketball player at the Naval Academy. Mr. Heary addressed nearly 140 World War II Navy veterans, their wives and guests. He discussed his tenure at the military academy as a plebe, citing time management, leadership and attitude as keys to success. His class started with 1,200 midshipmen and finished with 908 graduates.

Thirty years ago — 1988

Workmen have begun the restoration of the older section (the main sanctuary) of the First United Methodist Church of Fredonia, 25 Church St., repointing and recaulking the bricks. Work on the building, built in 1922, is expected to be completed in the fall. The Rev. Douglas Knopp, pastor, said the restoration is much needed since moisture is getting behind the bricks and a lot of the mortar is missing. Members of the church want to preserve the beauty of the building and take care of it for the future.

Forty years ago — 1978

Mayor Gilbert Snyder said he may replace some inactive members of the Dunkirk Citizens Advisory Committee, which has failed to muster a quorum for three of its last four meetings. The CAC has 15 members, who serve at the pleasure of the mayor. At least eight members must be present for a quorum. Mayor Snyder feels the committee performs an important function, providing input from a cross section of Dunkirk’s citizens.

Fifty years ago — 1968

Starting salaries for Dunkirk and Fredonia schools set at $6,600 for the 1968-69 school year, will be near the top for Western New York. The only school districts reporting a higher starting salary are Buffalo and Sloan with starting minimums of $6,800. The median starting pay is $6,450. At another key point on the salary scale schedule, the maximum for a teacher with a bachelor’s degree is $9,975 in Dunkirk and $9,600 in Fredonia. The Western New York median is $10,269.

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