Retrospective

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Westfield Academy and Central School is helping children cope with issues of grief and loss by utilizing a peer support group program called The Rainbow Program. Designed to support children in the processes of loss and grief and support and educate parents going ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Gasoline prices are at the lowest level they have been in more than two decades and local service stations reflect a worldwide crude oil surplus. Taking the lowest prices available at each station, the average gallon of gas in Dunkirk costs only $.94. The average low ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Dr. Richard Milazzo, a practicing internal medicine physician in Dunkirk for 25 years, will travel to Honduras to assist citizens of that country suffering from a wide variety of diseases in the wake of Hurricane Mitch, which ravaged portions of the region two months ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 There is an additional reason to celebrate during this holiday season. Upstate New York Transplant Services (UNYTS) of Buffalo, western New York’s leading organ procurement organization, has announced record-breaking numbers of local donors for 1998. With figures ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. announced it has reached an agreement to sell its Dunkirk and Huntley generating facilities to NRG Inc. of Minneapolis for $355 million. Niagara Mohawk expects to complete the transaction by the middle of 1999. Located on Lake Erie off ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Local cancer patients are getting new headwear thanks to Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts in Dunkirk. Jo-Ann Fabrics has donated 20 yards of soft jersey material for comfort caps at the Christopher Wellness Center. Store manager Sharon Thomas, employee Thelma Campaign of ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 It’s a white Christmas in Western New York with the continuation of lake effect snows and cold temperatures today. Amounts ranging from a dusting to close to a foot of snow fell throughout the three-county area in the days leading up to Christmas. High winds this ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Christmas shoppers have been out and about with the kickoff of the holiday season the day after Thanksgiving. This year the holiday shopping season was enhanced by mild winter weather. Pictured in a shopping cart on the front page of the OBSERVER are two sisters, ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 St. Anthony Catechists Association presents “The Divine Servant” award each year to one person who is a living example of a divine servant by his or her outstanding volunteer service to the community and to the church. The 1998 award was presented to Miss Mary ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The first NFL running back to rush for 2,000 yards in a season says he almost forgot about the 25th anniversary of his record-breaking day until he got something in the mail about it. On Dec. 16, 1973, O.J. Simpson topped the 2,000-yard mark by rushing for 198 yards ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Displaced steel mill workers are behind the growing pressure on President Clinton to take more aggressive steps to block steel imports. They are also placing the administration in a quandary as its searches for ways to fight the recent surge in imports, blamed for ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Sports columnist Jim Rush reports that Buffalo Bills owner finally got what he wanted from this whole lease deal — Ralph Wilson Stadium. Wilson was adamant about not selling the naming rights to the stadium in Orchard Park. There might have been a hint of nobility ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 With ground-breaking slated for this coming spring, the Park United Methodist Church congregation hopes to have a brand new church facility in operation by this time next year. The congregation recently voted overwhelmingly to proceed with the plans that have been in ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Former Cardinal Mindszenty High School teacher and librarian, the Rev. Msgr. Antoine Attea, will observe the 40th anniversary of his ordination which took place in Rome on Dec. 20, 1958. His first assignments were at parishes in Collins Center and the south and west ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 A new owner for Niagara Mohawk’s Dunkirk Steam Station could be named by the end of the current year, according to a company official. As part of its PowerChoice proposal, Niagara Mohawk is in the process of selling its power-producing facilities. The Dunkirk ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Two checks totaling more than $1,000 were recently presented to Ann Gorndt, director of the Silver Creek Food Pantry, by Barbara J. McCroskey of Silver Creek. Mrs. McCroskey is the designer of the Silver Creek Sesquicentennial Afghan, commemorating 150 years of ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Chautauqua County, with the help of several towns and the Sheriff’s Department, has baled 50,000 tires to date at the Levant Tire Dump in the Town of Poland. The project, which will convert hundreds of thousands of tires into one ton bales each measuring 2x4x5 ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Officers from the Dunkirk and Fredonia Police Benevolent Association raised more than $1,300 in cash contributions from the inaugural Needy Basket Auction to benefit the less fortunate families of the area during the holiday season. The event saw about 30 prospective ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The Brooks Memorial Hospital Auxiliary recently held its annual Tree of Lights ceremony with refreshments and carolers from the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Folk Choir directed by Sam Mancuso. The festivities concluded with the official lighting of the hospital tree. The ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Area children will be able to dial 679-XMAS on their telephone to talk to Santa Claus live on Time Warner Cable Channel 5 seen in Brocton, Cassadaga, Fredonia and Stockton. This is the eighth year that Fredonia Local Access 5 community volunteers, the Academic ...