Retrospective

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Chautauqua County voters elected a new family court judge on the Democratic Party line, unseating a 20-year Republican incumbent in the only contested countywide race. Democrat Judith Claire, matrimonial referee and confidential assistant to State Supreme Justice ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Players and coaches from the Dunkirk Midget Marauders football team were honored during a recent city council meeting for their championship season. The team captured the title in the Lake Shore League. Mayor Robert Kesicki said this was a “proud moment for the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The first shovels of dirt flew early this morning during a ground-breaking ceremony for the Chadwick Drive project at the industrial park in the town of Sheridan. Participants in the ceremony were George Wheeler, vice president of Allegany-Erie Inc., developer of the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The Dunkirk Falcon Club will conclude its Diamond Jubilee year with a 5 p.m. Mass Nov. 5 at St. Hedwig’s Church, followed by a banquet at the parish social center. Guest speaker for the dinner will be William Parment, who has served with the New York State Assembly ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The Kosciuszko Polish Home, on behalf of its members, officers and directors, recently made donations to local parent-teacher organizations in the city of Dunkirk. President Frank Grupa presented checks totaling $4,000 to representatives from the public and parochial ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 From the Sportsman’s Journal — Scott Gadra of Forestville has top bragging rights thus far, tagging a monster buck on Oct. 25. He was hunting near Forestville/Hamlet from his climbing tree stand when he first saw the big buck. The nine-pointer field dressed at ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 An article by Jerry Reilly notes that sometime in the next few months, members of United Steelworkers Local 2693 will be asked to decide the fate of AL Tech Specialty Steel Corp. They will be offered a contract by a new buyer, probably Universal Steel and Alloy ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 After a successful 22-year career heading Chautauqua Opportunities Inc., Richard Alexander recently took over the reins of the county’s Economic Development Department and its Industrial Development Agency. During his tenure at COI, Mr. Alexander oversaw the growth ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The Chautauqua County Home held its fifth annual Employee Recognition Dinner at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel. Helen Deszcz, a licensed practical nurse, was presented with the Employee of the Year Award by administration Timothy Hellwig. Mrs. Deszcz lives in Dunkirk ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 There is only one winner of the OBSERVER Football Fever Contest this week. Dunkirk resident Dave Lajewski is this week’s winner. Last week, four people were declared the winners after the Monday Night tie-breaker failed to produce a winner. Mr. Lajewski picked 15 ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The Westfield Village Board recently amended a building code law which allowed the board to pass a resolution declaring the Greystone building at 95 East Main St. in the village unsafe and dangerous. The present owner of the Greystone building, Kevin Judge, is ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Kenneth Horey, the late Pomfret councilman, will be honored during a ceremony dedicating a grandfather clock in his memory at the Darwin R. Barker Library in Fredonia. William Larson and Dr. Willard Gaeddert chaired the effort to raise funds for this unique handmade ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Through the generosity of the participants, the Dom Polski Club Tailgate Party for MDA recently raised $3,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Joe Gullo, Dunkirk-Fredonia Telethon chairman, said he was very pleased with the effort the Dom Polski Club has given ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 John J. Scott, son of John and Shirley Scott of Dunkirk, has been named a commended student in the 1999 National Merit Scholarship Program. A letter of commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, will be ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 A potential buyer for Al Tech Specialty Steel Corp. has stepped forward, company officials announced today. Universal Stainless & Alloy Products Inc. of Bridgeville, Pa., has signed a letter of intent to purchase the assets of AL Tech in a transaction valued at ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The debate on a casino for the city of Dunkirk continues. Mayor Robert Kesicki is a casino advocate, citing economic benefits and prosperity for the community. Those opposed cite crime, gambling addiction and quality of life concerns. Earlier this decade, John J. ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The Fredonia Chamber of Commerce will host its annual banquet Nov. 2 at the White Inn. Honored will be Business Person of the Year, Bonita Saletta, president/owner of Midtown Realty at 20 West Main St., Fredonia. Albert Sam of Westfield Homes on Route 60 in Fredonia ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Stan Kawski, a Korean War veteran, spoke at the 100th anniversary of the unveiling of the Soldiers Monument at Evergreen Cemetery in the Town of Portland. Doris Kawski, president of the Chautauqua County Legion Auxiliary, and Arthur Donovan, Commander of Brocton ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The New York State Humane Association recently held its annual awards presentation at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Rennselaer. Several people were recognized for their dedication to protecting animal rights and animal welfare education. Among those receiving an ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Dunkirk resident John M. Crawford was awarded the Secondary Social Studies “Teacher of the Year” award by the Niagara Frontier Council for the Social Studies. The award, named after Ida Fabian Spirawk, recognizes Mr. Crawford’s 29 years as a social studies ...