Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Dunkirk’s Cliffstar Corp. has expanded its private label juice business with the purchase of a Kansas City, Mo., company. Cliffstar and Speaco Foods Inc. jointly announced Cliffstar had purchased Speaco’s private label juice business in Kansas City. Cliffstar ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 An OBSERVER photo shows Fredonia State art students and faculty members erecting “Cloud Stop,” in the plaza outside the Rockefeller Arts Center. The sculpture, by Eric Stein of New York, is on loan to the college for one year following a six-month show in Chicago ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Dean and Karen Houser have spent the summer turning their residence at 44 East Ave. in Sinclairville into a painted lady, a description given to Victorian-style homes that have multi-colored exterior paints applied to them. The main body of the house is a sand brown ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Julius La Rosa, an enduring vocalist whose career dates back to the early days of television, recently performed at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House accompanied by Fredonia native Don Rebic. Mr. Rebic has a long-standing relationship with Mr. La Rosa as his ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Forestville Central School celebrated the successful “Make a Difference Day” projects that helped raise $4,570.66 in memory of Pamela Cleary to the pediatric unit at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Students participated in projects such as making stuffed teddy ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Ames Department Stores Inc. will acquire all 155 Hills Co. stores nationwide — including one on Vineyard Drive in Dunkirk — according to an agreement reached by both companies. Most Hills management staff and associates will be offered positions with Ames. The ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Barone’s Liquor Store Inc. in Silver Creek is celebrating its 50th birthday this month. The business, which opened in 1948, has survived to become a prime supplier of adult beverages, said current owner Jack Chiappone. Originally two businesses — a liquor store ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The Dunkirk High School JROTC program was honored for scoring among the “best of the best” units in the country. The Dunkirk JROTC was presented with the Honor Unit with Distinction Award by Maj. Gen. Thomas Sabo of the U.S. Army Reserve and a certificate ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Ed Van Den Vouver of Dunkirk has retired from the United States Postal Service after nearly 43 years of service to the Dunkirk community. A man who will forever be linked to a smile, a kind word and hospitality at the Central Avenue postal branch window now has the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The Crossroads Business Association will honor Barry L. Lillis on Dec. 9 as the recipient of its 1998 Community Service Award. A radio and television broadcaster for 34 years, he spent 20 years at Channel 2 (WGRZ-TV) in Buffalo as a weatherman and reporter before ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The Pomfret Town Board has designated itself as lead agency for the $5.5 million Soulstice Rural Retreat and Conference Center at Fredonia-Stockton and Osborne roads. The town board has also been asked to issue a special use permit for the 24,000-square-foot project ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 At a recent ceremony, two long-standing members of the Dunkirk-Fredonia Lions Club received Lionism’s highest honors. Donald Sage of Dunkirk was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship, Lions International’s highest recognition. The award is named for the man who ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Val Pietrkiewicz, 212 Woodrow Ave., Dunkirk was the winner of the $100 cash prize in the OBSERVER Trivia Contest conducted in conjunction with the advertiser appreciation pages that ran Oct. 28. Mr. Pietrkiewicz accepted his prize from Karl Davis, general manager of ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 A county monument to fallen veterans was rededicated in a special Veterans Day ceremony at the John W. Dill American Legion Memorial Post in Brocton, with more than 100 local and area Legionnaires and guests in attendance. The monument was developed from a large ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Collins Correctional Counselor Steve Hanson and Supervisor of Volunteer Services Jim Galati presented a check for $1,105 to Colleen McKenna of the Silver Creek Food Pantry on Oct. 30 as part of the statewide Make a Difference Day project. Employees and inmates of the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The future of Dunkirk International Glass and Ceramics on Stegelske Avenue may be in doubt, as the company has been without power for three weeks. Power was shut off to the company on Oct. 17 for delinquent bills as Niagara Mohawk is owed a substantial amount. ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Big Lots Bargains and Closeouts store should be ready to open by Thanksgiving in the former Sidey’s Department Store in the northeast corner of the D & F Plaza. The store is currently hiring employees for the 34,000-square-foot store, which has been completely ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Westfield Memorial Hospital officials have announced plans to fully affiliate with Saint Vincent Health System in Erie, Pa. Westfield Memorial Hospital, a 32-bed primary facility, began working with Saint Vincent in 1985 to increase cooperation in medical and support ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Former Brocton Central and Portville Central teacher, coach and athletic director Merwin K. “Bud” Fenton was recently inducted into the Ithaca College Sports Hall of Fame. A 1941 Ithaca College graduate, Fenton taught at Brocton Central in 1946 before moving on ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Don Loeb, a Dunkirk native living at 250 Maple Ave. in the city, is the author of a new book, “A Harvest of Memories of Dunkirk.” It was published by Benson Smythe Publishing of Wellsville. The content is a series of short stories taken from the author’s life ...