Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Emergency officials and Fourth Ward residents vented frustrations and safety concerns over increased railroad traffic at a special meeting of city and railroad representatives. People worried that more trains could block crossings, endanger residents, ruin sleep and ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Crews have begun demolition work to make way for a new CVS Pharmacy at the corner of Fourth and Main streets in the city of Dunkirk. Work began with the demolition of the the former Hose Co. No. 1 building. The former Movies and More/Adams Furnishings building and ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Plans for an espresso shop at 715 Central Ave. received approval from the Dunkirk Planning Board. Board members unanimously approved a request from Mark A. Christopher on behalf of Renaissance of Western New York to operate a SegaFredo Expresso shop in the former ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 A request from United Refining Co. of Warren, Pa., requesting permission to demolish a house at 765 Central Ave., Dunkirk has failed to receive approval from the Dunkirk City Planning Board for a third time. The company, which has owned the house since 1989, is ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Dunkirk Mayor Robert Kesicki is working with Fieldbrook Farms Ice Cream Co. to put a plan in place this week to address the money owed to the city for water and sewer services. The ice cream company is about a year behind on its water and sewer payments according to ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 The Jamestown Community College North County Training and Conference Center was officially opened with an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony held at the Bennett Road facility in Dunkirk. The center includes a computer lab, classrooms, a multipurpose room, ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 The board of directors of the Fredonia Chamber Players announced the establishment of the Grant Cooper Endowment Fund at a reception held recently at the home of Fredonia State President Dennis Hefner. At the end of the current season, Mr. Cooper will be stepping ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 At the village elections held earlier this month, Mayor Frank Pagano, the first Democratic mayor in Fredonia’s history, easily won re-election over Trustee Patrick Damore, his Republican-Concord Party challenger. A total of 2,385 voters turned out. Fredonia has ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 The Supreme Court has left intact Timothy McVeigh’s conviction and death sentence for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people and injured hundreds more — the worst such attack on U.S. soil. The court, without comment, rejected an appeal in which ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 At a ceremony held earlier this year at the Dudley Motor Inn in Salamanca, Dunkirk resident Virginia Wencek was honored for her service to the Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America. She received the Founder’s Award, which was created to honor and recognize ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 A Fredonia High School student has received top honors from a weekly business publication which serves the entire Western New York region. Wanda Strychalski, 17, the daughter of Dr. James and Dr. Irene Strychalski of West Shorewood Drive, Dunkirk, received the First ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 The Rev. Carlton J. Westfield was installed earlier this month as pastor of St. Anthony Church in Fredonia. The main celebrant at the installation Mass was the Rev. Patrick H. Elis, episcopal vicar of Northern Chautauqua County. Until reassigned by Bishop Henry J. ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 An OBSERVER editorial addressing the vandalism to the beautiful Mark Fountains in Fredonia’s Barker Common suggests that both fountains should be brilliantly illuminated with spotlights as soon as possible. It notes that vandalism is reaching the proportions that ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 While the golden age of Lake Erie shipping has passed with time and changes in transportation, 999 Films Inc. of Dunkirk plans to recapture the era with a documentary entitled, “Lake Erie Legacy — The Maritime Age.” 999 Films principals David Andrews and John ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 This year, the Variety Club Telethon featured 4-year-old Brittany Dunlap of Cassadaga as the Dunkirk satellite child. The telethon, which aired on WKBW-TV Channel 7, featured vignettes of Brittany throughout the broadcast. Brittany, the daughter of David Dunlap and ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Peter Pett has been named Deputy of the Year for 1999 by the New York State Sheriff’s Association. He is the 21st recipient of the statewide honor established in 1977 and given annually to a deputy sheriff who has displayed ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 The creation of an assisted care facility for senior citizens was the focus of discussion for the Dunkirk Housing Authority at a recent meeting. The board discussed the possibility of a housing unit where seniors live independently while services such as cooking and ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Both parents and students pleaded with the Pine Valley Board of Education to reinstate the boys and girls track and field team this spring to allow athletes a chance to compete for scholarships. The board agreed to reinstate the funding for the track team based on ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 For 35 years, the Westfield Counseling Service has provided free and confidential counseling to youth and others in need in the Westfield community. A surprise reception was recently held in honor of Robert Mays, who has served as treasurer of the counseling service ...

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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, ...