Retrospective

Retrospective

Thirty years ago – 1987 On March 26, Minnie Olmstead and her twin sister, Lena Olmstead Wagner, celebrated a special event together – their 80th birthday. The women, who currently live in the Charlotte Villa Senior Citizen Apartment Complex in Sinclairville, are marking the day with a ...

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Thirty years ago – 1987 New York state residents forked out 67 percent more local and state taxes than other Americans in 1985, according to a new study by the Center for Governmental Research. Statistics showed New York ranked No. 1 in the nation in 1984 in real tax burdens. State ...

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Thirty years ago – 1987 The Western New York Education Service Council has recommended the merger of the Westfield Academy and Central School and the Mayville Central School District. The merger, as recommended by the study team, would consist of utilization of both school buildings. The ...

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Thirty years ago – 1987 From Just Between Us ... Several Sidey’s Store clerks/buyers returned from a recent New York buying trip convinced it really is a small world. When a NYC cab driver asked them where they were from, they replied, ”From a place you probably never heard of – ...

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Thirty years ago – 1987 The Silver Creek Kiwanis Club recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. The club was organized on March 27, 1937. George Guay was the founder of the club. In June 1937, a meeting was held at the Silver Creek Motor Boat Club, now the Jackson Street Firehouse, to ...

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Thirty years ago – 1987 Brian Waller was recently named the winner of the Black History Essay Contest held at School 3 in Dunkirk during February (Black History Month). Brian, a fourth-grader, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Waller of King Street, Dunkirk. Forty years ago – 1977 The ...

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Thirty years ago – 1987 Mrs. Laura D. Foster of Fredonia recently had published a novel “Of Equal Value: Of Equal Beauty,” to complete a trilogy since “Cromanty,” a memorial book for her late husband, Dudley Foster. A former kindergarten, primary and special reading teacher, Mrs. ...

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Thirty years ago – 1987 Barbara Yochym of Forestville, Jacqueline Grant and Joyce Haines of Fredonia, and Harry Szewczyk of Dunkirk, all members of the adult figure skating class at Fredonia State University College, have returned from seeing the 1987 World Figure Skating Championships in ...

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Thirty years ago – 1987 Someone appears to have stolen a piece of Chautauqua County history. An oil portrait of one of the most prominent men in early Fredonia and Chautauqua County history is missing from the Gerace Office Building in Mayville and is presumed stolen. The portrait is of Dr. ...

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Thirty years ago – 1987 Talks are under way which could lead to the sale of the former True Temper plant in Dunkirk. A basic agreement has been struck with Allegheny International Inc. (owner of True Temper plant), but Allegheny and Greater Buffalo Press and its related independent company, ...

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Thirty years ago – 1987 By combining an existing tradition of quality with an innovative sales and marketing program, the new president of a little-known Dunkirk business hopes to restore the company to the thriving success it once enjoyed. The company is Dunkirk Metal Products, a precision ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 April Ann Arbeiter, a senior at North Collins Central School, has been named Student of the Week. The daughter of Mathias and Gretchen Arbeiter of Lawtons, she is a cheerleader, member of the yearbook staff and Library Club, and treasurer of the Eagle Eye. Active in ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 An OBSERVER photo shows movie director John Hughes with David Raiport of Gowanda, a movie extra featured in a diner sequence filmed in Gowanda. Mr. Raiport, a deputy with the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department, became a “special movie extra” when his ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 The Village of Westfield has its first-ever woman mayor. Linda C. Dunn was elected to the mayor’s post over incumbent Mayor F. Gibbs Kerns during the elections which took place March 18. Mrs. Dunn, the Republican candidate who currently serves on the board of ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Carol Haas Bedford, a Dunkirk native, was named Counterpart “Woman of the Year” during a recent luncheon at the Holiday Inn in Spring Lake, Mich. Counterpart is an organization of women in the Tri-Cities of Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg, Mich. The ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Robert C. Pine, plant superintendent at the Gowanda Psychiatric Center, is one of 15 statewide award winners in a newly-established state program designed to recognize and reward significant achievement by management/confidential employees. The awards were made for ...

Women still breaking barriers

Why does it take so long for the accomplishments of entire groups of people to get the recognition they deserve? History is filled with doers of great deeds, people who were part of something big but never recognized because those who wrote the record found them unworthy. Some of the most ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Student of the Week is Timothy Simmons, a sophomore at Ripley Central School. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Simmons of 5 North State St., Ripley. A math/science and art major, he is vice president of the Student Council and the school band. He is a member of ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Boy Scout Troop 254 recently held the Eagle Investiture of Kenneth J. Mekus in Seton Hall. The son of Mrs. Alice Mekus, 602 Park Ave., Dunkirk, Kenneth is an active Scout and avid camper who assisted in many troop and Eagle Scout service projects. His own Eagle ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 A Dunkirk patient of renowned cancer doctor Stanislaw Burzynski said he is “pleased and upset” about the trial results in the federal government’s case against the doctor. Randy Goss testified on behalf of the 54-year-old Polish native last month. Mr. Goss had ...