Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998

The Dunkirk High School JROTC program was honored for scoring among the “best of the best” units in the country. The Dunkirk JROTC was presented with the Honor Unit with Distinction Award by Maj. Gen. Thomas Sabo of the U.S. Army Reserve and a certificate recognizing this achievement was presented to school board President Roosevelt Haynes. The Dunkirk unit earned the award for its many accomplishments and exceptionally high standard of performance. During its first three years of existence, the Dunkirk JROTC has performed more than 2,000 hours of community service and has won numerous leadership and drill meet awards. It achieved a near-perfect score of 98.8 for various tests and inspections. There are currently 69 cadets in the program.

Thirty years ago — 1988

Hank Bokman Chevrolet-Oldsmobile-Buick-Cadillac at 212 East Main St., Fredonia recently celebrated the grand opening of its newly-remodeled facilities. The $600,000 expansion and renovation, which started in March, now doubles the size of the dealership, according to Joseph Basinait, vice president and general manager. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held, attended by Hank Bokman, president of the dealership, Mr. Basinait and Al Bailey, project manager.

Forty years ago — 1978

Gusts of up to 45 mph aided a major fire in Fredonia’s East Main Street business district this morning. Close to 100 Dunkirk and Fredonia firemen battled the blaze, which raged out of control for more than an hour, ripping through four businesses. The fire began at the Corner Deli, 27 E. Main St. and quickly spread to Raymond’s Jewelers, Everson’s Bookstore and Fredonia Hardware, as a common wall provided no resistance to the eastward progress of the fire.

Fifty years ago — 1968

The officers of the Dunkirk Yacht Club gathered for a group picture in 1944. Founded in 1936 by a handful of men, the organization has prospered ever since and now has its own clubhouse which is perched atop the expansive docking area. Among those shown are Andy Ludlow, Emil Hardt and Francis X. Dotterweich.

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