Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998

Allegany-Erie Inc. has announced plans to build a distribution center and warehouse in the Chadwick Bay Industrial Park in the town of Sheridan. The $1 million to $1.2 million project will be financed by Allegany-Erie and is expected to double the company’s workforce to about 17 employees. In addition, the 60,000-square-foot distribution center is expected to help meet the needs of local food processing companies. The firm serves businesses such as Cliffstar, Red Wing and Mogen David.

Thirty years ago — 1988

The Finance Committee of the Chautauqua County Legislature approved leasing some 2,700 square feet of office space for a Dunkirk alcoholism clinic. The committee approved the lease to be signed with the Jameruda Partnership at a cost of $1,510.85 a month plus an additional $400 a month to cover the cost of renovation for the first year. The cost will be fully covered by state and federal aid as will operating costs. The new clinic, which will open about Sept. 1, will be located at 61-73 East Fourth St.

Forty years ago — 1978

This is an especially happy time in the life of Charles DiCara, 98 King St., Dunkirk. On July 20, he and his sister, Guseppine (Josephine) Gelfo, were reunited after a 30-year separation. Thirty years ago on Nov. 19, 1948, Charles, a self-employed farmer, left Sicily, Italy, with his wife and children to make a new life in America. He worked for the Nickel Plate Railroad. The trip to Dunkirk for the reunion was the first plane ride for Mrs. Gelfo, who doesn’t speak English.

Fifty years ago — 1968

Dunkirk attorney Raymond Barkowiak announced today he will go to the Supreme Court in Buffalo to seek an injunction restraining the Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation from installing between 25 and 30 new poles for additional street lighting along Lake Boulevard from Main Street to Wright Park. Mr. Bartkowiak, who has a petition bearing the signatures of 50 persons residing along the route of the poles, will contend that the poles are an eyesore and should be replaced with ornamental poles or wire to be laid underground.

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