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Twenty years ago — 1997 The annual auction sponsored by the Westfield Academy and Central School Band Parents raised more than $1,000 for the Band Parents Music Scholarship Fund. Auctioneer for the event was Dick Marshall of Marshall Auctioneers, who donated his time to this fundraising ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 The weeklong sales tax amnesty program on clothing in January was so successful in Chautauqua County that county legislators are continuing their efforts to seek permanent relief from the tax. Legislators Michael K. Bobseine (D-Fredonia) and Maria M. Kindberg ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Parents of Dunkirk students were given the opportunity recently to ask questions and express their views regarding possible consolidation and/or reconfiguration of the district’s elementary schools. At a session held at School 6, several parents expressed an ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Dr. Dennis L. Hefner, the new president of Fredonia State University College, said in an OBSERVER interview that his decision to apply for the top post at Fredonia State was based on the college’s nationwide reputation as a quality institution of higher learning. ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Mel Huff, a 68-year-old father of eight who resides on the South Dayton-Silver Creek Road, east of Forestville, recently set four state age-and-weight group powerlifting records at the Amateur Athletic Union meet in Batavia. The previous record holder was Huff ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Quarterback Jim Kelly apparently will not be offered a contract by the Buffalo Bills, likely ending an 11-year career with the team he led to four Super Bowl appearances. Radio and television reports said the quarterback would be allowed to become a free agent ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Property owners in the city of Dunkirk will see the tentative results of the ongoing revaluation project early this month. Tentative new assessments are scheduled to be mailed out Feb. 7. The notice will compare this new figure to the old one and will compare tax ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 A feature story by Joan Josephson highlights 80-year-old Lois Harp of Fredonia and her weekly volunteer visits to area senior citizens’ residential facilities. For the past 27 years, Mrs. Harp has regularly brought her musical performances to the Chautauqua County ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Both the Fredonia-Pomfret Republican Committee and the Fredonia-Pomfret Democratic Committee have selected Pomfret Town Justice David Prince as their candidate for the position of Fredonia village justice. Mr. Prince, a registered Republican, defeated current village ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 A retirement dinner was held recently for Margaret Panek of Dunkirk at the Fireside Manor in Dunkirk. Mrs. Panek retired from the Chautauqua County Home in Dunkirk following 24 years of service in the dietary department. Guests included Food Supervisor Ross DiBiase ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 A recent announcement by the Diocese of Buffalo regarding the possible sale of the former Cardinal Mindszenty building in Dunkirk has upset a local group working to bring a Catholic high school back to the area. The Cardinal Mindszenty Association issued this ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Over the past few weeks, King Machine Co. of Sheridan has acquired assets of both the former A.J. Wahl Co. of Brocton and L.G. Hall Co. of Dunkirk. A.J. Wahl was a pioneering manufacturer of machinery for the ceramic china and insulator industries for more than 50 ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Buffalo Bills head coach Marv Levy has accepted an invitation from Fredonia State University College officials to serve as the commencement speaker at a campus ceremony on May 17. The invitation was extended last fall by acting college president Dr. Dallas Beal. ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Winners have been announced in a window painting contest held at Dutch Bertges Chevrolet Inc. in Dunkirk last month during the dealership’s Community Christmas/Sharing with Children Campaign. St. Hyacinth Parochial School in Dunkirk won the contest. Close behind ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 An organizational meeting was held recently at the Brocton Central School to form a revitalization committee for the downtown areas of Brocton. Mayor Harry Waters chaired the meeting and introduced topics of discussion and points of view from area residents. Al ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 A Dunkirk attorney and lifelong resident of the city experienced in both the public and private sectors was tapped by the city Democratic committee to replace Charles Porpiglia on the Chautauqua County Legislature. Ronald Szot will be recommended to the full ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 A reception was held at the Kosciuszko Club in Dunkirk in honor of Janet Guenther who recently retired following 27 years of service with the Faculty Student Association at Fredonia State University College. Mrs. Guenther was the manager of the Erie Dining Hall and ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 No consolidation, no new construction and a relocation from its Lucas Avenue facility is the general sentiment being relayed by members of the Chautauqua County Legislature on the issue of the north county office complex, according to Director of Central Services ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Cliffstar Corp., the nation’s leading private label juice manufacturer, has appointed James S. Koch as its chief executive officer and chairman of the board. He replaces Stanley A. Star, who remains as director. Mr. Koch joined Cliffstar in 1986 as director of ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Chautauqua County Democrats tonight will celebrate President Bill Clinton’s inauguration with a party at Finnegan’s Restaurant, 41 West Main St., Fredonia. The 1996 election was just the fourth time in history that Chautauqua County voters chose a Democratic ...