Retrospective

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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 ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Dunkirk attorney David M. Civilette was recently elected a Fellow of the New York Bar Foundation. Election is recognition of outstanding achievement in and dedication to the objectives of the profession and the organized bar. Established in 1950, the New York Bar ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 In observance of Italian Heritage and Culture month, the Chautauqua Italian American Organization is honoring Mrs. Louis Conti, a virtuous woman who exemplifies this heritage and culture. She was a loving wife who worked alongside her late husband, Ross, on their ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Surroundings Art Gallery and Framing has dedicated an art exhibit entitled “Chautauqua Art Teachers and Their Students” to the memory of Fredonia Elementary School art teacher Alisha Marie Kolet. Ms. Kolet, 26, who died tragically in a Sept. 27 car accident in ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 This week’s People in Profile features Robert Harris, a local historian and former Dunkirk Historical Society president. Mr. Harris played a vital role in the preservation of Dunkirk’s history and was one of the major players involved in helping to establish the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Ripley Central School’s baseball and basketball coach, Jeff Buchholz, is saying good-bye to the coaching profession. After 29 years on the bench and dugout of Ripley athletics, Mr. Buchholz has decided it’s time for someone else to take the reins. “It’s time ...

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Twenty years ago — 1998 Dunkirk Police officers Ken Sikorski and Sgt. David Ortolano were honored this week for their distinguished service to the community. Chief John Yannie noted both officers have volunteered many hours to various programs. Officer Sikorski was credited with raising ...