Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999

Bob Palcic has been named the first offensive line coach for the expansion Cleveland Browns. The Gowanda native was offered the position after interviewing with Browns head coach Chris Palmer. The two men previously worked together with the Toronto Argonauts where Palcic was an assistant coach and Palmer served as a training camp intern. Palcic has spent the past two seasons coaching tight ends for the Detroit Lions. Prior to that he spent three seasons as an offensive line coach of the Atlanta Falcons. He is a 1966 graduate of Cardinal Mindszenty High School.

Thirty years ago — 1989

An informal gathering was held in Westfield to discuss the fate of the former theater building at the intersection of Routes 20 and 394 in Westfield. Several ideas for the building were discussed. Some of these include a teen center, a grape industry museum, tourist-promotional center and incubator building for small businesses. The possibility of tearing down the structure was also discussed. Members of the village board, Westfield Development Corporation and the community at large were in attendance.

Forty years ago — 1979

Henry Sysol of the One Temple Square Associates will finally be able to begin construction of 91 units of federally rent-subsidized apartments at the Old Main building, thanks to the Fredonia Village Board, which unanimously approved certain technical changes in the bond documents for the One Temple Square housing project for lower income senior citizens.

Fifty years ago — 1969

Sp-4 Ross Russo Jr., U.S. Army, has again been cited for heroism while fighting in Vietnam. The son of Mr. and Mrs. R.F. Russo, 29 West Green St., Dunkirk has been awarded the Army Commendation with “V” Device for action on Dec. 7, 1968 in the Republic of Vietnam. In Vietnam since January 1968, the soldier received the Air Medal and two bronze clusters in November of that year for meritorious achievement while participating in sustained aerial flight in support of combat ground forces.

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