Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999

A summer festival in the harborfront area of the city of Dunkirk is set for June 10 to 13. The Dunkirk Common Council authorized a contract with Power Great American Midways of Burgaw, N.C., to provide and oversee carnival attractions including rides, games, amusements and food vendors. The agreement resolution stipulates the city is “under no obligation to put up cash for the festival” and will receive a share of the gross receipts. Local vendors will participate as well.

Thirty years ago — 1989

Fredonia High School senior Scott Van Dette is the winner of the Northern Chautauqua Browns Backers $500 scholarship. Browns Backers President Robert E. Peterson said Scott was chosen on the basis of his athletic and academic achievement. He has competed in football (five seasons), basketball (six seasons) and baseball (four seasons), earning seven varsity letters. Scheduled speakers at this year’s Browns Backers banquet are Dunkirk native and former Browns linebacker Dave Graf and current Browns Matt Bahr and Dan Fike.

Forty years ago — 1979

Keep Cobb Ambulance! That was the clear message delivered to Dunkirk’s “ambulance task force” by fire chiefs from four neighboring communities. Fire chiefs from Fredonia, Sheridan and the East and West towns of Dunkirk announced their support for the ambulance service when they appeared before the task force. They were invited to speak since any change in ambulance service to the city will affect ambulance service in their communities. Cobb Ambulance is the only commercial ambulance service in Northern Chautauqua County.

Fifty years ago — 1969

Susan Welch, 17-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Welch, 20 Center St., Forestville is the Student of the Week. A senior at Forestville High School, she won a New York State Regents scholarship and plans to attend Eisenhower College in Seneca Falls to major in chemistry. A member of the National Honor Society, Susan is ranked fourth in her class academically.

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