Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998

More than 100 people attended the second Welcome to the Summer Home of the Buffalo Bills Luncheon at the William Campus Center at Fredonia State. The luncheon was sponsored by the Fredonia Chamber of Commerce, the college and the Bills with proceeds going to the Buffalo Bills Youth Foundation. Speakers included Jim Miller, VP/administration for the Bills; Van Miller, Voice of the Buffalo Bills; and former Bills’ player Jerry Butler. Jim Miller said that if it is up to the football officials on the team, the Bills will return to Fredonia for a 19th straight training camp next year.

Thirty years ago — 1988

Pablo E. Acevedo, M.D., has joined the medical staff at Brooks Hospital in Dunkirk, specializing in internal medicine. Dr. Acevedo has joined Jack Rzepka, M.D., in a group practice named Dunkirk Medical Diagnostic Associates, P.C., with offices located at 614 Central Ave., Dunkirk. He received his medical degree from the Central Caribbean University School of Medicine in Cayey, Puerto Rico in 1981. He is active in sports and enjoys coin collecting.

Forty years ago — 1978

Inflation is driving up costs, but Mayor Gilbert Snyder already is going on record in favor of holding the line on the Dunkirk city tax rate again in 1979. He said the city tax rate wouldn’t rise while he was in office as long as there were inefficiencies in the city government. “There are so many inefficiencies that it’s crazy,” the mayor said. “I think I could cut a million dollars from the budget if I could hire and fire as I please.” Although he could fire most department heads, Mayor Snyder can’t touch the majority of city employees who are protected by civil service regulations. Under the new city charter that went into effect Jan. 1, the mayor has the responsibility for presenting a preliminary budget each year and is also responsible for contract negotiations.

Fifty years ago — 1968

City Attorney Edwin Kuzdale reported today that no word has been received concerning the Public Service Commission’s ruling on the Bucknor Street crossing in Dunkirk. A hearing on the crossing was held July 12, at which time representatives of the city, PSC, Penn Central and Norfolk and Western railways were present. The city requested that protective warning devices be placed at the crossing, while the railroads suggested that the crossing be closed to all through traffic. The final decision on the matter must be made by the PSC.

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