Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 A group of Fredonia Central School District parents approached the board of education to request a slight change to the hillbilly mascot in response to events in schools across the country. The parents commended students who built a sculpture depicting the hillbilly ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The idea of casino gambling in the city of Dunkirk came up a winner with the majority of people participating in a petition survey. Eighty-eight percent of people signing the petition were in favor of casino gambling in the city. A total of 1,058 people signed the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 From Just Between Us .... Carla Waclawski of Dunkirk was recently named a United States National Award Winner in science and will appear in the United States Achievement Academy Official Yearbook, published nationally. A student at Dunkirk High School, she was ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 A proposal to locate a church in a building at 268 Lake Shore Drive East has been rejected by the City of Dunkirk Planning Board. During a special meeting, board members denied an application from Iglesia Pentecostal y Misionera Inc. to move into the building on a ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Shortly after midnight on Vineyard Drive in Dunkirk, cars jammed the Blockbuster parking lot and a quiet line of customers — most of them female — snaked its way from the front of the store all around the perimeter of the building. They came from near and far to ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 In an effort to improve housing opportunities and the quality of life in neighborhoods, Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. is preparing to launch a new program aimed at increasing home ownership in the city of Dunkirk. COI will purchase and rehabilitate homes for resale, ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The New York State Department of Health released the results of a population-based study investigating chance incidence and prevalence near 38 landfills with soil gas migration issues. The study covered New York State residents during the period 1980-1989. One of the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The Fredonia Baptist Christian Nursery School will open its doors Sept. 8 for its 36th year. Started in 1964 to serve children of church members, the mission now receives students from Brocton, Forestville, Dunkirk and Fredonia. Its main objective is to see that each ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 State, county and local dignitaries joined a number of community residents to help kick off the $400,000 fund drive for a new library in Sinclairville. A $10,000 donation had been made by Edward and Harriet Terry which went for the purchase of the property. The cost ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Sports columnist Jim Rush points out that Fredonia State men’s basketball coach Greg Prechtl is adding another cap to his duties with the Blue Devils — athletic director. Prechtl replaces Dr. Tom Prevet, who served as athletic director for the last three terms. ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 “Deadbeat dads don’t drive.” That’s the message of a statewide effort conducted by New York State Police this week to force individuals to make overdue child support payments. Troopers are currently conducting concentrated investigations of any subject pulled ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 In a letter to the editor defending her administration, former Dunkirk Mayor Margaret Wuerstle reminded current city officials that when she took office in 1992, the previous council had authorized pre-payments of hundreds of thousands of dollars to the State Pension ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Today the newly-formed organization, North Lake Family Recreation Center, announced its acquisition of a 16-acre parcel of land in the village of Westfield on Nichols Avenue. The non-profit corporation plans to construct a multi-purpose, family-oriented recreation ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The town of Dunkirk was recognized in the summer issue of ONLINE, the quarterly newsletter of Seaway Trail Inc., for creating the trail’s first Scenic Byway Overlay District. The purpose of the SBO District — included in the new zoning code adopted by the town ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 A random drawing was held to select the names of students in the Dunkirk Public Schools’ new universal pre-kindergarten program. Members of the board of education alternately selected the names from slips of paper placed in an envelope. A total of 28 children had ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Pictured on the front page of the OBSERVER are members of the Happy Hoofers, who have been walking every morning for the past 20 years, according to the group’s spokesperson, Pat Kingsley. The Happy Hoofers walk four miles a day which takes them about 52 minutes to ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Pictured in an OBSERVER photo are Tim Snyder and his 13-year-old son, Joseph, who are working on the addition being built to the Open Door Baptist Church on Route 60 in Cassadaga. This addition will house Sunday school and Christian school classrooms. Funding for the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The Seventh Annual Share A Dream tractor-trailer caravan consisted of 164 tractor-trailers which rolled out on a 25-mile-long round trip as a Confederate Civil War re-enactment group fired a cannon to signal the start of the convoy. More than 75 children with ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Carol Dankert, deputy of operations for the Family and Children’s Services Division recently praised Dunkirk’s Columbus Club for donating new car seats to the Department of Social Services Foster Care Program. “The department is very appreciative of the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 A public opinion survey on the issue of casino gambling in the city of Dunkirk has been launched, according to a release from Mayor Robert Kesicki. Petitions asking Dunkirk residents if they are in favor of casino gambling in the city are being distributed to various ...