Retrospective

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The Cemetery Road bridges in Stockton have received a reprieve. At least for now, they will not be abandoned as the Chautauqua County Department of Public Works proposed be done in earlier contacts with town officials. This information was relayed to two rooms full ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 In 1843, there were only 23 states in the union and the Gold Rush was six years away. On July 16, 150 years ago, the village of Gowanda was founded, exactly one month and 16 days after the village of Silver Creek just 20 miles down the road. The Gowanda ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Andrew W. Dorn Jr. of Fredonia is part of a group of local businessmen who plan to establish a new bank in Buffalo, called Greater Buffalo Savings. The group includes Louis Sidoni and Mr. Dorn, who launched Jamestown Savings Bank in 1995 and built the bank into a ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 From a sports column by Jim Rush .... Fredonia High and St. Bonaventure graduate Ryan LaMattina has posted a 2-0 record with a 3.72 earned run average for the Portland Rockies in the Class A short-season Northwest League. Another St. Bonaventure grad, Gowanda Central ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 In celebration of the upcoming 150th anniversary of the incorporation of the village of Forestville in 1999 and the 150th anniversary of St. Rose of Lima Church in 2000, the ladies of St. Rose of Lima Church have created a beautiful limited edition, commemorative ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Stewart Enterprises Inc. of New Orleans has taken over the operation of three funeral homes in the Dunkirk-Fredonia area: Gardinier-Colletti Memorial Home Inc. of Dunkirk, Larson-Timko Funeral Home of Fredonia and Orcutt-Timko Funeral Home of Dunkirk. Tom Colletti ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Back by popular demand is the Buffalo Bills Community Luncheon sponsored by the Fredonia Chamber of Commerce. Community members are invited to join other Bills fans for a delicious buffet luncheon with members of the Buffalo Bills organization at the Williams Center, ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The USS Alaska (CB-1) annual reunion was held recently in Annapolis, Md., under the direction of former Fredonia Mayor Charles St. George. One of the arranged tours was a visit to the U.S. Naval Academy with dinner at the officer’s club. The guest speaker was ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The Ohio-based development firm that recently purchased the former Hose Co. No. 1 building in the city of Dunkirk is also interested in purchasing the Philip Murray Union Hall on Central Avenue. The United Steelworkers of America confirmed it is negotiating to sell ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The city of Dunkirk’s new lakefront bike path/walkway will have a caretaker, thanks to the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton CYO. Members of the youth group addressed the city council and volunteered to adopt and help maintain the bike path/walkway from Main Street to the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The dedication of a granite monument in memory of brothers Bret and Brian Smith was held at Smith Field in Westfield. The Rev. David Lubba, the former First United Methodist Church of Westfield minister who officiated at the funerals for the two young men, gave the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Mayor Robert Kesicki said he believes casino gambling may be a viable option for Dunkirk and he would like to know what city residents think. The mayor discussed the possibility of establishing a casino on the waterfront near the Four Points Hotel — with the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Residents of Dunkirk may have noticed television cameras and crew members from Channel 7 News exploring their fine city recently. News reporter Brian Kahle interviewed several Dunkirk business owners and community individuals. Dunkirk Chamber Program Coordinator ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The dedication of the Shrine to the Unborn took place today at 2 p.m. in St. Mary’s Cemetery on Route 60 in the town of Dunkirk. The Most Rev. Henry J. Mansell, Bishop of Buffalo, presided, with local priests and the Knights of Columbus Color Corps assisting. Many ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Metropolitan Life Foundation Program Associate Roy Bertke recently presented a Merit Award for Program Excellence to Jody Briggs, daughter of Harry and Joan Briggs of Dunkirk. She is the director of operations at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Buffalo. The winning ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The dedication of the dining car took place at village hall during the Silver Creek Sesquicentennial Celebration. Having been gradually restored over the last six years, the dining car will be used as a museum and meeting place. The dining car was originally made in ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 A new opportunity for local residents to travel is now available as the Chautauqua Area Rural Transit System unveiled a summer bus route to encompass the Village of Fredonia. The line is a trial experiment with 16 pick-up locations throughout the Town of Pomfret. The ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The new Vineyard Hotel moved one step closer to reality at the recent Dunkirk Town Planning Board meeting. Owners Jayesh and Pravin Patel of the Sunny Vineyard Inn stressed the new hotel will supplement their existing motel and restaurant, which will not be ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 A column by sports writer Jim Rush focuses on the appointment of a new football coach at Dunkirk High School. Mark Benton was approved by the Dunkirk Board of Education to replace eight-year veteran Mike Sarratori. Benton, a 1974 Gowanda High School graduate who ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Mike Sarratori will not be returning as Dunkirk High School varsity football coach in the fall. The Board of Education voted 7-0 against Superintendent Terry Wolfenden’s resolution to reappoint Sarratori as head football coach. Sarratori first heard of the ...