Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 The Southwestern Association of Volunteer Firemen recently held its annual convention in Falconer. The four counties of the association — Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany – also hold an annual Fire Prevention Brochure Contest. The Fire Prevention ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 “Rebuild the Marauder Drive Playground.” That was the message delivered to the Dunkirk Common Council as a petition containing about 200 signatures was presented to the council. A group of parents and children also attended the meeting to present their case in ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 During a Westfield Village Board meeting, Mayor Ronald Catalano revealed the names of two corporations with which the village and private owners have been negotiating the sale of commercial property in the heart of the Main Street business district. The Reid ...

Retrospective — Sept. 3

Twenty years ago — 1997 The Sheridan Fire Department has earned an honor for its fire prevention efforts. Fire Chief Joel R. Szymczak said the department’s fire prevention committee recently took first place in the fire prevention category at the Annual Western New York Firemen’s ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Trading heat, crowding and crime or fresh air, wide open spaces and safety, 33 disadvantaged children from New York City arrived in Chautauqua County this summer to spend between two and six weeks with Fresh Air host families in Chautauqua County and North East, Pa. ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Adrienne Westwood, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson Westwood of Fredonia and a student at Fredonia High School, attended the New York State School of the Arts, School of Dance at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. The intensive four-week modern dance school ...

Retrospective — Aug. 31

Twenty years ago — 1997 An open house is being planned to honor Ripley’s senior town historian for her 40 years of service at the historic Hamilton Mansion in Ripley. A prolific writer, Marie McCutcheon is the author of two books, “Golden Glow of History Past” and “Echoes from the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Roberto Fred, a well-known local grape farmer, was named grand marshal for the 29th annual Fredonia Farm Festival Parade. Born in Jayuya, Puerto Rico, Mr. Fred came to the United States in 1969 at the age of 14 and has lived in this country since that time. He worked ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Another Chadwick Bay community has officially signed on to take part in the first regional waterfront revitalization project in the history of the state. During a recent meeting, the Sheridan Town Board unanimously approved a resolution to participate in the $67,000 ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Fredonia State University College is the 30th “best buy” among colleges and universities across the nation, according to Money magazine. Fredonia State moved up in the rankings this year from last year’s 37th place finish. “SUNY Fredonia is very pleased to ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Following the death of Ken Horey on April 2, 1996 at age 80, a group of local citizens got together with the intention of creating a lasting memorial to the Pomfret councilman “who generously served his community with unquestioned distinction.” The committee ...

Retropective — Aug. 25

Twenty years ago — 1997 The Dunkirk High School Board of Education named former head coach Bob Wisniewski to his old post as leader of the varsity boys basketball program. He replaces Paul Olkowski, who has coached the Marauders since 1989 but was not brought back as coach by the school’s ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Members of Fredonia Senior Girl Scout Troop 39 recently achieved a three-year goal of making a trip to London, England. Under the leadership of Barbara Muller and Denice Tollison, five members of Troop 39 — Jenna Loughlin, Elizabeth Muller, Jodi Polito, Corey ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 More than 200 celebrants gathered in Westfield’s Moore Park to join in the public centennial celebration for the Chautauqua and Erie Telephone Corp. In his opening remarks, C&E Telephone Corp. President Peter G. Nixon spoke of a spring day 100 years ago when S. ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 An early morning fire recently destroyed the movie screen and the building attached to it at the Theatre Motel in Westfield. The drive-in theatre located at the motel has been out of operation for many years. The building attached to the screen houses motel rooms ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Dunkirk Moose Lodge was named the 1997 Community Service Lodge of the Year at the 109th International Convention/Ninth Annual Shining Star Awards on July 5 in Orlando, Fla. Collectively, the Dunkirk lodge donated $71,020.60, 30,851.25 volunteer hours and 53,575.1 ...

Retrospective — Aug. 20

Twenty years ago — 1997 Fifteen-year-old Emily Joy, a sophomore at Silver Creek Central School, can’t get enough of the sport of weightlifting that she was introduced to at the age of 9 by her father, Carl. Joy added to her personal medal count with a gold medal at the recently completed ...

Retrospective — Aug. 19

Twenty years ago — 1997 Genealogy has been the life work of Lorraine Marvin and according to her colleagues, there is no one more dedicated to the history of the area and its families. Town of Perrysburg historian for more than 27 years and a member of the Gowanda Historical Society for ...

Retrospective — Aug. 18

Twenty years ago — 1997 Rehabilitation of the large gate house, formerly the superintendent’s home at Fredonia’s Forest Hill Cemetery, is the current “major project” for the Fredonia Preservation Society. Designed by Enoch Curtis and erected in 1895, this building, the gates and the ...

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By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2017. There are 137 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 42. On this date: In 1777, American forces won ...