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Twenty years ago — 1998 Newly-elected Chautauqua County Executive Mark Thomas and Thomas Reed, chairman of the county’s Industrial Development Agency, are in agreement — economic development is of the highest priority. Mr. Thomas said he will “undertake an immediate and thorough ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 In an effort to break free of its parent company and implement its own plan of reorganization, AL Tech Specialty Steel Corp. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Operations at AL Tech are expected to continue and employee wages and benefits will continue ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Robert D. Kesicki, who officially took office as mayor of Dunkirk on New Year’s Day, issued a challenge to the residents of the city. He urged “every child, young adult, adult, senior citizen and every member of the city to join and be an active participant in ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Buffalo Bills coach Marv Levy refused to say whether he would return next season, leaving open the possibility that his 12-year tenure with the team could be over. Levy started a news conference by saying he would not discuss his own future or that of his staff ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Having received the proper permits from the Army Corps of Engineers and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, owner Don Beckstein said he plans a million-dollar renovation of Hideaway Bay Restaurant on Lake Avenue in Silver Creek. Among the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The former Putnam home at 286 Central Ave. in Fredonia is currently being converted into a new alumni house and conference center for Fredonia State University College. Last June, the Faculty Student Association agreed to purchase the home from Daniel Putnam for ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The Rev. John Reese was ordained as an Episcopal priest and installed as the 27th rector in the 175-year history of Trinity Episcopal Church during a special Eucharist celebrated recently at the historic church located on Fredonia’s Barker Common. A reception ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 In a photo by Jim Boltz which appeared in the OBSERVER, Elaine LaMattina, managing director of White Press of Fredonia and Dr. Daniel D. Reiff, author, display a copy of “Architecture in Fredonia, New York, 1811-1997: From Log Cabin to I.M. Pei.” The book, which ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 More than 300 residents and business leaders came out to toast the recent grand reopening of the Sheraton Four Points Harborfront Hotel in Dunkirk in conjunction with the Northern Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce mixer. The hotel, purchased in August by G.F. Management ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Cassadaga Trustee Pam Kaltenbach said she’s going to find out why the village limit sign on Route 60 indicates the municipality’s border goes beyond where it once was. “It sits directly across from Shurfine and I know that’s wrong,” she said. Mayor Keith ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The recent fire at the Coburn building on the 100 block of Central Avenue in Dunkirk has resulted in a trying time for residents and employees at the building. The damage estimate is around $35,000. In addition to several low-income housing units, the Coburn building ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Mechanical failure in one freight car has been listed as the official cause of the Sept. 15 train derailment along Temple Road in the town of Dunkirk which could cost nearly $3 million for the cleanup. Thirty-six of 94 cars of a Conrail freight train derailed when a ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 The Dunkirk Common Council is hoping a local businessman’s plan to hold a New Year’s Eve fireworks display will spark a holiday tradition in the community. The council recently approved a request from Demetrios Tsirtsakis of Katerina’s and Demetri’s on the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 The Dec. 16 Dunkirk Common Council meeting was the last for its two senior members. Councilman at Large Frank Gawronski and 4th Ward Councilman John Woloszyn were thanked by their colleagues during the last regular meeting of 1997. Mr. Gawronski, who was defeated in ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Board and staff members of the Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation and Improvement Corporation (CHRIC) kicked off a celebration of 20 years of improving the housing stock of Chautauqua County on Dec. 11. Twenty years ago this month, incorporation papers were signed to ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 While the local effort to bring a major fireworks convention to Dunkirk was progressing, it appears state regulations may cause the effort to fizzle. Local officials have been working to bring the annual Pyrotechnics Guild International convention to the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Close to 30 people braved the cold wintry weather to attend the official opening of the Griswold Road bridge in the town of Arkwright. State Assemblyman Bill Parment, who was instrumental in obtaining $200,000 in state funds used to offset the cost of the $390,000 ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Employees of Park Shore Health Care Center in Dunkirk developed an “Adopt an Angel” program for the holiday season, with each employee adopting a resident to spend extra time with and present with a gift. The Chautauqua Salon 649 is gave gift certificates to ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 It seems no one wants to be witness to the decline of a football dynasty. That’s the message Buffalo Bills fans were sending this week as 35,000 tickets remain for Sunday’s final home game of the season against the Jacksonville Jaguars. With sell-out crowds at ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Jim Mee, a well-known local bowler, can boast of 26 career 300 games. He is the former manager and pro shop owner at Astro Lanes in Fredonia. At the age of 41, he recently became the owner of the Jamestown Bowling Company and the Lakewood Bowling Company. Mr. Mee ...