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Thirty years ago — 1987 Phil McGan, a Dunkirk native and former OBSERVER reporter, will be the keynote speaker at the third annual Dunkirk Historical Society Recognition Dinner. Mr. McGan has titled his talk “To Make Dreams Come True.” Born in Dunkirk, he is the son of Mary McGan of ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 While potential buyers from at least two foreign countries have reportedly taken a look at the Roblin Industries plants in Dunkirk and North Tonawanda, to date, no buyers have been found. The Dunkirk plant appears to be the company’s most viable entity and the ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Student of the Week is Rebecca Burghardt, president of the Student Council at Silver Creek High School. The daughter of Donald and Phyllis Burghardt of Angell Road, Silver Creek, she also is treasurer of the Girls Varsity Club and vice president of the AFS. Becky ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 A Polish jetliner with 183 aboard, including 30 American residents, crashed in a forest outside Warsaw, Poland, today killing all aboard. LOT, the national airline, reported the Sovietbuilt Hyushin-62 aircraft developed technical problems soon after departing Warsaw. ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 On today’s front page, an OBSERVER photo shows Layne Hall of Silver Creek, who will be 107 years young next week and is still going strong. He is shown accepting from Frank Halicki the keys to the truck he purchased from Halicki Motors in Dunkirk. Mr. Hall also has ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Kirby, a 1-year-old Norwegian Elkhound, was adopted by the people residing at 116 Temple St., Fredonia in December 1986 and the adoption has brought positive change to the residents as well as to Kirby. The adoption was made possible by the Lakeshore Humane Society ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 The Lakeshore Humane Society recently held a photo contest in conjunction with “Be Kind to Animals Week.” The first place winners, each receiving $25 are: Earl Arnold of Brocton for most original; Donald C. Raupp of Lily Dale for most unusual; and Rhonda H. ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Ground-breaking ceremonies took place this afternoon at the site of the new Ed Eagan Memorial Complex on Main Street in Fredonia. Throwing out the first shovel of dirt was Jerry Trindel, former co-owner of the land which he donated to the Little League; and Charles ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Student of the Week is Dan Barone, a senior at Fredonia High School and participant in the LoGuidice Tech Center Electrical Trade program. Dan is completing his last year in the program at the Vo-Tech Center and has been accepted by Alfred University to major in ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Baton-wielding riot police broke up illegal Solidarity May Day demonstrations in Poland today and detained more than 200 activists as official Poland observed the communist world’s most important holiday. Police dispersed groups in Warsaw, Wroclaw, Gdansk, Poznan ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Greater Buffalo Press is expected to expand its Chemical Process and Supply Company plant in Sheridan to about double its present size and purchase the former True Temper plant in Dunkirk for a research and development facility. “Today could be the day the city of ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 New life has been given to a vacant building in the village of Silver Creek. The Babcock Street Elementary School, which has stood vacant since the opening of the new elementary school in 1979, has been converted into apartments. Although the name in the concrete ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Eric Pagano, a sixth-grade student at the Dunkirk Middle School, was the grand prize winner in the recent BOCES Elementary Science Kit Program logo contest. His entry will now be the official BOCES ESP logo soon to be used on letterheads, kit containers and numerous ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 From Just Between Us ... About 1,000 persons were in King Concert Hall at Fredonia State University College to view the film, “Poland the Enduring Dream.” Jefferson Westwood, director of Rockefeller Arts Center, welcomed the crowd, probably the largest gathered ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 The economic impact of the recent movie filming in the Gowanda and South Dayton area is difficult to measure accurately, but most estimates indicate “in excess of $75,000 was spent in the Gowanda and South Dayton area.” The economic impact of the movie production ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Student of the Week is Timothy Kolpien, a senior at Westfield Academy and Central School. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Kolpien of Bliss Street, Westfield, he is a member of the National Honor Society and a recent winner of a New York State Regents Scholarship. Tim ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Officials from a Syracuse-based hotel development company are scheduled to meet with city of Dunkirk officials to present the company’s preliminary plans for a 125-room Sheraton Inn that would be built as part of the city’s harborfront redevelopment project. The ...

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Thirty years ago – 1987 Frank Pagano of Fredonia, the owner of Rooney’s restaurant, was selected as Business Person of the Year by the Business Club of Fredonia State University College. Mr. Pagano was honored at an afternoon luncheon at the White Inn in Fredonia. On hand for the event ...

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Thirty years ago – 1987 Charles Porpiglia of Dunkirk, the Chautauqua County Legislature Democratic caucus leader, has been dropped from the board of directors of the Chautauqua County Home for failing to attend meetings. Mr. Porpiglia called the action “politics” and accused County ...

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Thirty years ago — 1987 Julie Szumigala was elected Sheridan town clerk by only one vote – a decision which took five months to achieve. The disputed ballot was finally opened and counted by the two election commissioners which settled the matter. The Nov. 4, 1986 election for town clerk ...