Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999

A subdivision of the Niagara Mohawk property on Point Drive North in Dunkirk has been approved unanimously by the city planning board. The steam station is in the process of being sold to NRG Energy Inc. of Minneapolis. However, Niagara Mohawk intends to keep a portion of the property where transmission facilities are located for use as part of its distribution system. The company will remain in the power distribution business, despite selling its hydro and fossil fuel power generation facilities.

Thirty years ago — 1989

A $2,000 keyboard was recently purchased by the Cassadaga Valley Middle School Student Council for the Cassadaga Valley Central School Music Department. Chris Grimm and Karen Pierce were two of the top salespeople in the annual MSSC candle sale in which all middle school students participated. Besides the keyboard, profits were used to purchase a printer for the newspaper and signs for the school concession stand along with a donation to the City Mission in Buffalo and to World Vision.

Forty years ago — 1979

Cardinal Mindszenty High School in Dunkirk is scheduled for closure at the end of the 1978-79 school year. The announcement by Bishop Edward Head of the Diocese of Buffalo left students, faculty and community residents shocked and angry. In making the announcement, Bishop Head said, “It was a very difficult decision to close Cardinal Mindszenty since there is no alternative Catholic secondary school in the immediate area. This is a distressing fact for me and I am sure for the people of the Dunkirk-Fredonia area.” The major factor in closing Mindszenty was its current low enrollment with projections for the future showing a significant enrollment decrease.

Fifty years ago — 1969

Douglas Zanghi, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Zanghi, 13 Park St., Brocton is the Student of the Week. A senior at Brocton Central School, he is senior class president and a member of the National Honor Society, basketball and golf teams, school band, and sports editor of the yearbook. Douglas, who has already been accepted at Fredonia State University College, is the recipient of the Bausch and Lomb Science Award and is president of the Alpha Kapp Tau fraternity.

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