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Twenty years ago — 1996 A proposal is in the works, but there is no contract yet for Chautauqua County to take over bus service in the city of Dunkirk. The plan could save the city between $15,000 and $20,000 a year, according to Dunkirk Mayor Margaret Wuerstle. The city would no longer ...

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Twenty years ago — 1996 Pomfret Town Supervisor Mark Thomas said he’s considering running for county executive, a position currently held by a Republican and open for challenge in the November election. In an OBSERVER interview, Mr. Thomas, a Democrat, said he was exploring the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1996 Dunkirk Police are continuing their search for a suspect in the robbery of a 70-year-old woman. According to police, the woman was on her way home from bingo at St. Hedwig’s Social Center about 9:30 p.m. when she was robbed on Benton Street. The victim told police ...

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Twenty years ago — 1996 During a Holiday Benefit Concert held today at the Reg Lenna Civic Center in Jamestown, the 10,000 Maniacs debuted their new album, Love Among the Ruins. Due to be released in the spring of 1997, the album is an extension of the pop music that people have come to ...

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Twenty years ago — 1996 The building is completed, but the dream is just beginning. That was the message as Chautauqua Connections Inc. recently unveiled its new building on Bennett Road in the town of Dunkirk —  a building officials hope will open the door to a brighter future in ...

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Twenty years ago — 1996 Seneca Falls, NY, is the village which claims to be the model for the mythical Bedford Falls of the classic Christmas movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Seneca Falls in 1946 bore an intriguing resemblance to Bedford Falls, from its steel truss bridges, ...

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Twenty years ago — 1996 Army 1st Lt. Michael S. Kellogg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth (Diana) Kellogg of Silver Creek, is doing his part to help maintain peace in Bosnia. Although the war there, at least for the time being, is over, he carries a gun and ammunition as he and nearly 20,000 ...

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Twenty years ago — 1996 A feature article by OBSERVER Sports Editor Jerry Reilly pays tribute to the Rev. Joseph Dowdell. The story begins, “He may have been Padre Jose to the men, women and children in the Diocesan Summer Migrant Program when he first came to Chautauqua County in the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1996 A recent decision by the city of Dunkirk to increase water and sewer rates has renewed interest in the concept of marketing city water to outside sources in an effort to stabilize costs. Mayor Margaret Wuerstle said there is no doubt the city has the physical ...

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Twenty years ago — 1996 Bosnian journalist Duska Jurisic is currently living in Fredonia. She came to Fredonia State University College several months ago on a professional development fellowship and is taking courses on communication and foreign policy while serving as an intern at a ...

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Twenty years ago — 1996 Citing the need to make education more effective and cost-efficient, the Dunkirk Board of Education will consider closing one of the district’s elementary schools and abandoning the neighborhood concept. Currently the district operates five elementary schools on a ...

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Twenty years ago — 1996 Plans to bring a distribution center to the Chadwick Bay Industrial Park are moving forward. A formal request for proposals for the project is being prepared by Peter J. Smith Co. of Buffalo. Four letters of intent were received from various developers interested in ...

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Twenty years ago — 1996 The stage has been set for an early Christmas in Gowanda. A Collins benefactor is playing Santa Claus by acquiring the historic and long-abandoned Hollywood Theater as a holiday gift for the community. The Gernatt Family of Companies announced it will donate the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1996 Dr. Charles B. Mosher was surprised at the Crossroads Business Association’s 10th anniversary celebration held this month at the Fireside Restaurant when he found out that he was the honoree. Stories were told by former co-workers and the doctors who attended. ...

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Twenty years ago — 1996 The Web revolution that promised to forever change how we live and work is nearly here — and working furiously to get out the kinks. It takes too long to log onto and download Web text and fancy graphics via phone networks originally built for voice calls. Only ...

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Twenty years ago — 1996 A plan to recycle slag and steel from the former Roblin Steel landfill at South Roberts and Urban roads was unveiled to the Dunkirk Town Board. The landfill is pretty much clean fill comprised of ferrous metals. It is profitable to remove the metals (for recycling) ...

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Twenty years ago — 1996 Dunkirk Radiator Corp., one of the nation’s leading producers of residential boilers, is looking at South America as part of an effort to expand its market and level out production. In November, vice president of sales and marketing Ronald Passafaro took a trip to ...

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Twenty years ago — 1996 The lone funeral home operating in Silver Creek has expanded its facilities. An additional 1,200 square feet has been added to the Hole-Parker Funeral Chapel located at 160 Central Ave. Heated sidewalks along the entrance to the home have also been installed and new, ...

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Thirty years ago — 1986 From Just Between Us ..... It’s easy to see what’s important to William “Bill” Buckley Jr., political columnist and editor of the National Review. Interviewed on CNN’s Larry King Live, Mr. Buckley spoke of first things first — namely, his love of ...

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Twenty years ago — 1996 Featured in an article by OBSERVER Sports Editor Jerry Reilly are three Dunkirk brothers who, unable to find jobs before World War II, became boxers as a way of making meal money. Raised at the St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Dunkirk, Phil, Joe and Sammy Muscato all used ...