Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 Mike Sarratori will not be returning as Dunkirk High School varsity football coach in the fall. The Board of Education voted 7-0 against Superintendent Terry Wolfenden’s resolution to reappoint Sarratori as head football coach. Sarratori first heard of the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 A project to expand the Brooks Hospital Emergency Department and replace the hospital’s infrastructure is now under way, with the first phase of construction at the rear of the Central Avenue facility. The new wing on the Eagle Street side of the hospital will ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Brooks Memorial Hospital has received approval from the New York State Department of Health to transfer the operation of its Primary Care Center located at 31 East Third St., Dunkirk to the Resource Center. The Primary Care Center was designed for area residents who ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The village of Gowanda is recovering from the damaging winds and rains that resulted in major flooding, primarily on June 26. The city of Buffalo was asked for aid and generously responded with donations of manpower and equipment. The New York State Department of ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Expanded plans for a cancer wellness clinic in Dunkirk received unanimous approval from the Dunkirk Zoning Board of Appeals. The request to expand plans for the Christopher Wellness House in the former Gross Mansion at 715 Central Ave. was made by Josie Christopher. ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The priests and parishioners of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Dunkirk were devastated by the theft of and irreparable harm to the church’s tabernacle on Feb. 11. With the arrival of a replacement tabernacle, the parish community rejoiced as this new sacred ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 A retirement dinner was held recently for Patricia Muldowney, who is retiring after 22 years of service with the Fredonia Migrant Program based at Fredonia State University College. Mrs. Muldowney began in the program as a records clerk and was made coordinator in ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Fifteen-year-old Portland resident Chris Peters has devoted the last two years of his life to becoming the best amateur aggressive in-line skater in this part of the country, and in another year, he plans to become a professional and compete in events sanctioned by ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 In a “Do You Remember?” photo submitted by Bill Case of Fredonia, it was SO hot in Fredonia on this summer day in 1948 that they were frying eggs on the sidewalk in front of the former Card’s Restaurant on West Main Street. Shown frying the egg is Casey, the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 OBSERVER sports columnist Gordon Brunskill reports that baseball fans in Chautauqua County may be witnessing the start to the final season for the Jamestown Jammers at Russell E. Diethrick Jr. Park. There is a very real possibility that the Jammers may not be back in ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 A beautiful limited-edition commemorative afghan depicting various landmarks throughout the 150-year history of Silver Creek will be raffled off during the village’s upcoming sesquicentennial celebration. Designed by Ruth McCroskey of Parkway, the afghan shows the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The city of Dunkirk’s newly formed Citizens Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet for the first time this week. The council took action to establish the citizens advisory committee on April 7, based on a proposal from council members Chet Kozlowski and Janet ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Thomas Gestwicki of Dunkirk was recently honored at Fredonia State University College as the 1998 recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Maintenance and Operational Service. Mr. Gestwicki is senior offset printing machine operator in the College Print ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The Greater Dunkirk Area Harbor Commission, in a unanimous vote, has recommended that the Dunkirk Common Council review and support a plan from the Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse and Veterans Park Museum to bring a World War II LST vessel to Dunkirk. The group plans ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The professional pitching career of Fredonia’s Ryan LaMattina is scheduled to begin this week. A left-handed pitcher, he was chosen in the 22nd round of the amateur baseball draft by the Colorado Rockies on June 2. Ryan signed his contract shortly thereafter and ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The Marauder Drive playground in Dunkirk will soon be back in operation, according to city officials. New equipment is scheduled to be installed this week, site preparations are under way and layout work is expected to begin today. The playground has been out of ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The Chautauqua County Office for the Aging celebrated its Silver Anniversary with a gala event in the Williams Center at Fredonia State University College attended by 400 people. The theme of the day was celebrating 25 years of service to older persons and their ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The city of Dunkirk has hired two police officers to fill vacancies in the department created by retirements earlier this year. Two officers retired in February, including the department’s only Spanish-speaking officer. Hired to fill the positions were Roberto Fred ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 With a crowd of about 75 people awaiting its arrival, the Norwegian tall ship Anna Kristina sailed into Dunkirk Harbor in the late afternoon. The ship and its crew of nine entered the harbor from the west side of the breakwall. Among those awaiting the arrival of the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The newest McDonald’s restaurant opened its doors and welcomed its Westfield neighbors on June 16 at 6 a.m. Located at 102 East Main St. in Westfield, the state-of-the-art facility features the latest restaurant innovations. Westfield Mayor Ron Catalano officiated ...