Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998

A public opinion survey on the issue of casino gambling in the city of Dunkirk has been launched, according to a release from Mayor Robert Kesicki. Petitions asking Dunkirk residents if they are in favor of casino gambling in the city are being distributed to various businesses downtown and at the D&F Plaza. The petitions will be used to measure public opinion on the possibility of bringing a casino to the city. The mayor cited the positive impact the Oneida Nation’s Turning Stone casino has had on the Utica/Rome area of the state.

Thirty years ago — 1988

Dr. Donald A. Wood, a prominent veterinarian in Fredonia for more than 40 years, retired from his practice earlier this summer to the dismay of many of his regular customers. Dr. Wood established the Wood Animal Hospital at 364 West Main St., Fredonia and had practiced ther since 1947. Dr. Wood graduated from Stockton High School and the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell. He worked with large animals, mainly horses and cattle, for many years until 1966, when he switched to companion animals, such as dogs and cats.

Forty years ago — 1978

Television cameras and members of the press were on hand at Dunkirk Airport as Peter A.A. Berle, commissioner of the State Department of Environmental Conservation, filled out “convenience license” number 0001 in the name of Brian Stimson of the Chautauqua County Federation of Sportsmen. The convenience license is Mr. Stimson’s brainchild, which was eventually put into the form of a resolution, sponsored by Assemblyman Rolland Kidder (D-Jamestown) and passed into law this spring. The license combines hunting, fishing and big game permits into one. It is issued with a deer tag and the $15.50 cost is a dollar less than if the three licenses are purchased separately.

Fifty years ago — 1968

A Dunkirk man’s prize white leghorn has been named grand champion at the Erie County Fair in Hamburg for a second straight year. Alex Klaybor, 315 Lord St., reports that the 2-year-old hen was judged top bird of the show. A retired employee of the former Alco Products plant, Mr. Klaybor has raised poultry for the past 25 years. Three of his entries in the Chautauqua County Fair won the champion trio award.

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