Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997 In this week’s Pins in Print column, Jon Westman relates how this week in the Dunkirk Bowling Association, three men achieved perfection in the sport of bowling when each threw a 300 game. Darren Waterman, 29, of South Dayton rolled his first 300 game at the alleys ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 The unique skills and extraordinary dedication of a 17-year veteran of the Fredonia State University College athletics program were recognized recently when College President Dennis L. Hefner presented Donna Valone of Fredonia with the “President’s Award for ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 The speed of trains passing through the city of Dunkirk will receive some attention in the wake of a recent major derailment in the area. A letter from Nevins Street resident Joseph Skubis asking city officials to look into the matter was received by the Dunkirk ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 An adoring London audience whooped and cheered to show their appreciation at the world premiere of Paul McCartney’s ancestral work “Standing Stone,” calling the former Beatle back on stage six times. The 75-minute symphonic poem, which took McCartney four years ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Catherine J. (DeTolla) Granto of Fredonia recently received her high school diploma 56 years after her classmates in the Class of 1940 got theirs. Catherine fell in love with 25-year-old Joseph Granto who lived two doors down from her in Dunkirk’s Leopard Street ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Mrs. Susan Ball accepted the “Man of the Year Award” dedicated to her late husband, Fredonia Police Department Sergeant Chester Ball, during a member enrollment meeting held at the Dunkirk Moose Lodge 89. The award was presented by Governor Ed Long, Junior ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 The Lakeshore Humane Society was recently presented with a check in the amount of $600 that was raised by the residents of Lily Dale. The fundraising efforts, coordinated by the management of the Bargain Shoppe, will assist the Lakeshore Humane Society in helping ...

Oct. 25

Twenty years ago — 1997 The Most Rev. Henry J. Mansell, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, visited Dunkirk recently to dedicate the Northern Chautauqua Catholic School playground. Student representatives from grades K-8 carried the 10 supporting parish banners and purple and gold streamers. ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Dr. Thomas A. Morrissey, professor of history at Fredonia State University College, is one of eight scholars invited to give a paper at a conference in Italy next week. The paper, which he will present in German, is entitled, “The Unquiet Life: Notes on the Career ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 The Dunkirk Local Development Corporation has accepted a $5,000 bid from two city residents to purchase the former Firehouse Five Pizzeria building at 221 Central Ave. The DLDC board of directors unanimously approved the bid submitted by Dave Banach and Cas ...

Retrospective — Oct. 22

Twenty years ago — 1997 The “Pins in Print” column by Jon Westman offers a history of Lakeview Lanes. Located on Route 5 in Silver Creek, it was originally opened in 1959 by Sam Fricano of Silver Creek. He sold the establishment to Tom and Lida Sumera of Amherst in 1982. The lanes were ...

Oct. 20

Twenty years ago — 1997 A $289,000 project to construct a bike path along the lakefront in the city of Dunkirk will move ahead following action by the common council. Council members authorized Mayor Margaret Wuerstle to sign a contract with H. Olsen & Sons Contractors of Forestville ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Dr. Rocco Doino of Fredonia a prominent educator and community leader, has been named “CIAO Man of the Year” by the Chautauqua Italian-American Organization. Dr. Doino has championed the field of education for several years. He previously served as a teacher, ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 The Graycliff Conservancy has signed a contract to purchase the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Graycliff home in Derby. The conservancy has been negotiating with the Piarist Fathers, the order of Roman Catholic priests which currently owns the home, for about eight ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 In a front page OBSERVER photo, Ethel and Ed Rak are shown in front of their Route 20 produce stand in Sheridan with one apple that was sprayed with pesticides and fungicides and another bunch that were not and are afflicted with “scabs.” The diseased apples are ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Dunkirk mayoral candidate Henry “Hank” Serafin has named Alfred Shalkowski of Ocelot Street and Julian Serafin of Rabbit Street as his campaign managers. Both have assumed campaign responsibilities to help elect Mr. Serafin as mayor of the city and share an ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Fredonia Mayor Frank Pagano has scheduled a special meeting with officials from Fredonia State University College and Water Street bar owners to discuss ways of resolving recent problems with crowd control, underage drinking and litter in the Water Street area, which ...

Retrospective — Oct. 12

Twenty years ago — 1997 An effort to keep the lights shining at the Dunkirk Lighthouse is now under way. The Dunkirk facility is among eight Great Lakes lighthouses that would be shut down under a plan by the United States Coast Guard. The Coast Guard has decided the lighthouses are not ...

Retrospective — Oct. 11

Twenty years ago — 1997 A feature story by Doug Fenton relates that the original rectory for Trinity Episcopal Church at 29 Day St. in Fredonia, built in 1853-54, is a straightforward Italian-style house with an interesting history and some famous former tenants. The family of Samuel ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 4-H is taking root and branching out in Chautauqua County. There are currently 38 clubs throughout the county with a total membership of about 650 young people between the ages of 9 and 19. The clubs are spread out, with one located in every village and city in the ...