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Retrospective

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The future of harness racing in this area and those who make a living as owners and horseman is in doubt in New York State. Low purse sizes at racetracks and competition from Off Track Betting parlors may force the once prosperous and popular sport to pull up and ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 If you could travel back in time about 30 years and take a drive up Route 60 and down Vineyard Drive, you would notice a remarkably different landscape. The area that has now become a hotbed of commercial and retail development was once a rural area marked by farms, ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Rose Bruyer, her daughter Connie Truax and their popular teddy bear business were featured in a color photo spread in the January/February issue of “Country Woman Magazine.” The feature story and four color photos focused on their family business called Kabob ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 A decision regarding the future of Forest Hill Cemetery in Fredonia was deferred by its board of directors following a meeting of lost owners held in the 1891 Fredonia Opera House. The picturesque cemetery which encompasses more than 42 acres in the middle of the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The Pomfret Planning Board upheld a ruling made in October and December of last year that will allow the construction of a new AutoZone store at Routes 20 and 60. The Fredonia School Board opposed the plan because of the close proximity of the new building to school ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Congressman Amo Houghton attended a special meeting with selected members of the Hispanic community at the Chautauqua Opportunities Center in Dunkirk. The congressman’s visit to Dunkirk was part of a town meeting tour planned to discuss the problems and possible ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 While many Roman Catholic churches across the country are merging or closing due to a lack of parishioners and priests, churches in northern Chautauqua County are thriving, according to the Rev. Patrick Elis, northern Chautauqua County Episcopal Vicar for the Diocese ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 When the HIV scare broke in Chautauqua County, the effects were shocking, not only for this area, but for the rest of the country as well. While the national spotlight has passed, tremors are still being felt in the wake of Nushawn Williams. The American Red Cross of ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Sports columnist Jon Westman salutes Jim Fretterick, who purchased the Pine Lanes in South Dayton at the age of 23. Now 27, Jim has earned the respect and continued support of his employees and bowlers≥ “Jimmy is a wonderful and caring person,” said volunteer ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Support for the Jacob Lapp family of Cassadaga in its battle with the Internal Revenue Service continues with the Independent Citizens Committee for Fair Treatment of the Lapps developing further plans of action. According to Chairman Gary Noyes, these include a ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Sports columnist Jerry Reilly notes that Bob Wisniewski has a memento from his last Dunkirk-Fredonia basketball game. It was near the end of the 1988-89 season and it was already common knowledge that Wisniewski would not be returning as DHS coach the following ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Donald C. Cotton Jr. is keeping Silver Creek’s storied tradition in music alive and well. Mr. Cotton, a 1985 SCCS graduate and music director for the Queen of Apostles School in Alexandria, Va., recently brought his choir to the White House to perform. The concert ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The new Democratic-controlled Chautauqua County Legislature got off to a running start when lawmakers axed a health benefits plan for some county employees, eliminated the Environmental Committee and won unanimous approval of Jamestown attorney Frederick Larson as ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The rapid development of the Vineyard Drive area may soon include a new grocery store. Dunkirk Common Council members recently approved water and sewer service for a proposed Aldi food store on Vineyard Drive in the town of Dunkirk. The proposed store would be near ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The former Cardinal Mindszenty school building and faculty house on Central Avenue in Dunkirk have been sold to an organization headed by a Dunkirk-Fredonia area native. The Diocese of Buffalo announced it has sold the buildings to Renaissance of WNY Inc., which is ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The decision by AL Tech Specialty Steel Corp. to voluntarily seek Chapter 11 protection was the focus of a meeting of the United Steel Workers of America Local 2693. AL Tech Chief Executive Officer met with union members to discuss last week’s decision by the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Blood donations to the Red Cross have been in decline recently. Only four percent of the county’s population donate blood and Amil Manzella of Silver Creek is one of those who takes the time to help others. “For the last eight years, I’ve been going to donate ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 A two-year study entitled “Safe Havens: The Contributions of Youth Organizations to Healthy Adolescent Development” has concluded what many voluntary sector youth service organizations have long believed: Children served by community youth development agencies ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Don Reinhoudt, former World’s Strongest Man, recently visited residents of the Park Shore Health Care Center. He displayed his strength by putting a nail through a board and then breaking it with his bare hands. Residents also enjoyed several films shown of him ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 OBSERVER sports columnist Jerry Reilly commented that the recently-retired 12-year head coach of the Buffalo Bills, Marv Levy, stepped aside with class. Reilly added that Fredonia has lost a good friend in Levy. An avid runner and walker, he was often seen along ...