Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 The effort to bring Amtrak passenger service back to the city of Dunkirk is still alive and organizers hope to get city officials onboard. The Empire State Passengers Association has taken up the effort, which began about five years ago under former mayor Margaret ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 New York State recently approved a contract with Wendel, a Buffalo architectural and engineering firm, to design an $8.8 million natatorium at the Fredonia State University College campus. The facility will be a showpiece to the college’s athletic complex, which ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 They just look like candles in pretty paper bags, but money from the sale of luminaries could end up providing a temporary shelter for a family burned out of their home, or a pint of life-saving blood for an accident victim. American Red Cross fund-raisers are ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Work to demolish the former Welch building on Route 20 could begin as soon as the end of this month. The Brocton Village Board determined that its deteriorating condition poses a threat to the public. An inspection turned up evidence of suspected asbestos, an ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Silver Creek firefighters recovered 10 plastic crates of undelivered mail from the creekbed of Walnut Creek under the Stebbins Road bridge. They rappelled about 110 feet into the ravine to retrieve the mail. The mail was primarily from the Amherst and Kenmore area. ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 An increase in train traffic is expected in northern Chautauqua County as a result of the pending acquisition of Conrail by CSX and Norfolk Southern, and local officials are looking for specifics in order to prepare for the change. Among the crossings in the city of ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Authorities in the village of Fredonia have escalated their search for the person or persons responsible for an act of vandalism which occurred in the Barker Common over the weekend. The cast-iron stature located atop the fountain in the west park was demolished into ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 In what appears to be an indication that the entire Senate body will soon vote on the measure, State Sen. Pat McGee (R-C, Franklinville) announced that her proposal mandating chemical testing for those involved in an automobile accident with a school bus will be ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Members of the Friendship Baptist Church in Dunkirk came together to honor one of its founding members, Charlotte Buchanan of Dunkirk. Ms. Buchanan was the guest of honor on a day in which many celebrated her life with music and special readings. She was part of a ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Lead poisoning in the home can be a very real threat, particularly in areas with a large number of older homes, such as Chautauqua County. There are 48,302 pre-1978 occupied housing units in the county. This represents 90 percent of the 53,000 total units. Lead ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Plans for a sweet shop in the harborfront area of Dunkirk moved closer to reality after receiving approval from two city review boards. Plans were approved from Barbara Ducato-Bilodeau to open a sweet shop called “Sweet Perfections” at 45 Lake Shore Drive East. ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 According to sports columnist Jim Rush, it would be hard to top the number of former students, colleagues, friends and family who showed up to honor Dunkirk native and former Cardinal Mindszenty teacher and coach Bob Muscato on the occasion of his induction into the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Dunkirk School 4 first-grade teacher Fran Corsi presented the first t-shirt featuring the school’s new motto and logo to Donna Pinkowski and her mother Katherine. School 4 has been involved in schoolwide planning since last year and a motto contest was held in ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Students and instructors from the Cassadaga Job Corps are expected to assist the city of Dunkirk in making repairs to the heating system at the city recreation center. There are preliminary plans for two trade instructors and a group of students to make the repairs ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Exalted Ruler Mark Ostrye of the Dunkirk Elks Lodge 922 announced the local winners of the Elks National Foundation 1999-2000 scholarship competition. The “Most Valuable Student” contest winners are Jestin Carlson and Stephanie Evans. Jestin is a senior at ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 A steel drum band is a new musical offering in the Dunkirk School District. Currently, 27 children at School 5 are involved in the program and plans are to offer the program next at School 3. Music teacher Cynthia Flaherty traced the start of the program back two ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 A Jim Rush sports column notes that the work never ends for Gowanda native and Cardinal Mindszenty graduate Bob Palcic since he accepted the offensive line coaching position for the Cleveland Browns on Jan. 27. The Browns are getting ready for their return to the NFL ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 The Rev. Daniel Walsh, pastor of St. Anthony’s Church for the past 13 years, will be leaving the parish this month. Father Walsh plans to study in Ireland at the Marianella Center in Dublin for several months before resuming his diocesan duties. His time in Ireland ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 A People in Profile feature on Ruby Green states that when pupils file into the cafeteria at Dunkirk School 5 for lunch every day, they can count on her being there to help them. A resident of Dunkirk, Ms. Green has been a volunteer lunch monitor at School 5 for ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Citing its benefits as a cultural and life experience event, a group of Dunkirk High School students and a teacher are asking for the Stratford Festival Field Trip to be scheduled as an annual activity. English teacher Patricia Christina and a group of about 30 ...