Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998 A random drawing was held to select the names of students in the Dunkirk Public Schools’ new universal pre-kindergarten program. Members of the board of education alternately selected the names from slips of paper placed in an envelope. A total of 28 children had ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Pictured on the front page of the OBSERVER are members of the Happy Hoofers, who have been walking every morning for the past 20 years, according to the group’s spokesperson, Pat Kingsley. The Happy Hoofers walk four miles a day which takes them about 52 minutes to ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Pictured in an OBSERVER photo are Tim Snyder and his 13-year-old son, Joseph, who are working on the addition being built to the Open Door Baptist Church on Route 60 in Cassadaga. This addition will house Sunday school and Christian school classrooms. Funding for the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The Seventh Annual Share A Dream tractor-trailer caravan consisted of 164 tractor-trailers which rolled out on a 25-mile-long round trip as a Confederate Civil War re-enactment group fired a cannon to signal the start of the convoy. More than 75 children with ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Carol Dankert, deputy of operations for the Family and Children’s Services Division recently praised Dunkirk’s Columbus Club for donating new car seats to the Department of Social Services Foster Care Program. “The department is very appreciative of the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 A public opinion survey on the issue of casino gambling in the city of Dunkirk has been launched, according to a release from Mayor Robert Kesicki. Petitions asking Dunkirk residents if they are in favor of casino gambling in the city are being distributed to various ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Nate Sackett, a 1996 graduate of Silver Creek Central School, is the star of Darien Lake Theme Park’s magic show “Illusionara.” He has done the same show more than 250 times this summer and revels in the spotlight as the stuns the unsuspecting crowd. As an ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 John J. Michalak has been named the grand marshal for this year’s Fredonia Farm Festival Parade. Born and raised in Dunkirk, he completed a 25-year career with the U.S. Postal Service. He also was the co-owner of the Dunkirk Taxi Service. Mr. Michalak also founded ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 The Silver Creek Youth Group from the First United Church recently took a little shopping trip. However, they weren’t doing this for themselves. Located behind the First United Church on Park Place in Silver Creek is the Non-Profit Used Clothing Center. There the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 A Jerry Reilly sports column asks the question, “Did Bills leave Fredonia State for good?” Following the close of the Bills’ training camp at Fredonia for another year, Head Coach Wade Phillips expressed that if he has his way, there will be a 19th summer at ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Ask members of the Dunkirk High School Class of 1999 where they’re going and they’ll soon be able to say, “We’re going to Disney World.” That’s because the Dunkirk Board of Education is expected to approve a request for a senior class trip to Disney World ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 There will be a full-year journalism course offered as an English elective to Brocton High School students this coming school year. The unanimous decision to restore the course came after the BCS board listened for almost an hour as audience members outlined why the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Gowanda Electronics Corp. recently informed the village of Gowanda that the company will put an indefinite hold on the proposed building site on Townsend Street following its July 20 decision to purchase the M. Wile factory site in the city of Dunkirk. Gowanda ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 At the Dunkirk City Republican Committee’s annual picnic, City Chairman Jeff Vogt presented the Lincoln Award for Outstanding Service to the Republican Party to William Schlichter for his more than three decades of service to the GOP and the community. Mr. ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 A front page OBSERVER photo shows a group of tykes playing T-Ball. Children in the Fredonia-Pomfret Recreation Department T-Ball League give chase to a hit ball in the infield at Russell Joy Park in Fredonia. Open to town-village residents, this fun league involves ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 New York State Sen. Jess Present, 77, of Bemus Point died Aug. 8 at WCA Hospital in Jamestown. A native of Jamestown, he was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran. Sen. Present began his career in elective office in 1959 with the Jamestown City Council. He was elected to the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Fieldbrook Farms, Inc. announced that it will close its Deering Ice Cream Company, Inc., facility located in Portland, Maine. Deering currently employs 30 full-time employees. Fieldbrook listed the high cost of doing business in Maine was the primary reason for its ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Town of Hanover resident Mary Ann Domenico has been appointed by Chautauqua County Executive Mark Thomas as director of the Chautauqua County Veterans Service Agency. Her responsibilities include direct supervision of the agency staff and its programs in support of ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Two Forestville residents have filed a lawsuit against Bailey Manufacturing on Bennett State Road in Forestville. Sherman Bailey and Joseph Dolce, also of Bennett State Road, are seeking an injunction to stop Bailey from operating presses that have excessive noise, ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 More than 100 people attended the second Welcome to the Summer Home of the Buffalo Bills Luncheon at the William Campus Center at Fredonia State. The luncheon was sponsored by the Fredonia Chamber of Commerce, the college and the Bills with proceeds going to the ...