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Twenty years ago — 1997 Following the death of Ken Horey on April 2, 1996 at age 80, a group of local citizens got together with the intention of creating a lasting memorial to the Pomfret councilman “who generously served his community with unquestioned distinction.” The committee ...

Retropective — Aug. 25

Twenty years ago — 1997 The Dunkirk High School Board of Education named former head coach Bob Wisniewski to his old post as leader of the varsity boys basketball program. He replaces Paul Olkowski, who has coached the Marauders since 1989 but was not brought back as coach by the school’s ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Members of Fredonia Senior Girl Scout Troop 39 recently achieved a three-year goal of making a trip to London, England. Under the leadership of Barbara Muller and Denice Tollison, five members of Troop 39 — Jenna Loughlin, Elizabeth Muller, Jodi Polito, Corey ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 More than 200 celebrants gathered in Westfield’s Moore Park to join in the public centennial celebration for the Chautauqua and Erie Telephone Corp. In his opening remarks, C&E Telephone Corp. President Peter G. Nixon spoke of a spring day 100 years ago when S. ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 An early morning fire recently destroyed the movie screen and the building attached to it at the Theatre Motel in Westfield. The drive-in theatre located at the motel has been out of operation for many years. The building attached to the screen houses motel rooms ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Dunkirk Moose Lodge was named the 1997 Community Service Lodge of the Year at the 109th International Convention/Ninth Annual Shining Star Awards on July 5 in Orlando, Fla. Collectively, the Dunkirk lodge donated $71,020.60, 30,851.25 volunteer hours and 53,575.1 ...

Retrospective — Aug. 20

Twenty years ago — 1997 Fifteen-year-old Emily Joy, a sophomore at Silver Creek Central School, can’t get enough of the sport of weightlifting that she was introduced to at the age of 9 by her father, Carl. Joy added to her personal medal count with a gold medal at the recently completed ...

Retrospective — Aug. 19

Twenty years ago — 1997 Genealogy has been the life work of Lorraine Marvin and according to her colleagues, there is no one more dedicated to the history of the area and its families. Town of Perrysburg historian for more than 27 years and a member of the Gowanda Historical Society for ...

Retrospective — Aug. 18

Twenty years ago — 1997 Rehabilitation of the large gate house, formerly the superintendent’s home at Fredonia’s Forest Hill Cemetery, is the current “major project” for the Fredonia Preservation Society. Designed by Enoch Curtis and erected in 1895, this building, the gates and the ...

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By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2017. There are 137 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 42. On this date: In 1777, American forces won ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 OBSERVER Sports columnist Jim Rush asks, “The Bills have left Fredonia. The question begs — Will they be back?” This is the final year of a four-year deal the team has with Fredonia State concerning the use of the facilities for training camp. Both parties ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Elderly homeowners are big winners in the new $67 billion state budget, which contains historic school property tax relief. New Yorkers older than age 64 will see their taxes slashed by up to 45 percent under Gov. George Pataki’s “Star” plan. The five-year ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 The State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine recently announced that two local physicians have won awards in teaching. G. Jay Bishop, MD and Anthony O. Bartholomew, MD were the recipients of an Excellence in Teaching Award at a ceremony held in ...

Retrospective — Aug. 12

Twenty years ago — 1997 State assistance with waterfront projects in the Chadwick Bay Region was the subject of discussions between New York Secretary of State Alexander Treadwell and local officials. Mr. Treadwell and his staff were in Dunkirk to discuss the details of a local waterfront ...

Retrospective — Aug. 10

Twenty years ago — 1997 Collins Correctional Facility in Collins and the Lakeview Shock Incarceration Center in Brocton are among the three western New York prisons designated to receive additional beds under the prison construction plan approved by the New York State Legislature. The plan ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Matthew J. Mager, a student at Fredonia High School, is currently attending the New York State Summer School of the Arts, School of Theatre at Adelphi University on Long Island. Out of 156 students who auditioned throughout New York state, Matthew was one of 32 ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Rabid raccoons roam New York state daily. They spread rabies faster than any other animal, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. In 1994, Chautauqua County was full of them. A 1995 county study confirmed that there were 43 cases of ...

DUNKIRK Put the brakes on meter issue

Government has always had a love, hate relationship with parking meters. On one hand they bring in much-needed revenue. But isn’t the expense greater, in terms of manpower and repairs? Recently, the Citizens Advisory Committee brought up the parking meters and just how out of date they are. ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 Chautauqua County spends most of its property tax revenues on welfare, according to County Executive Andrew W. Goodell. “The cost of welfare and Medicaid currently consumes about two-thirds of the property tax levy,” Goodell said. “That is, $25.36 million out ...

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Twenty years ago — 1997 The Four Points Harborfront Hotel in Dunkirk is scheduled to reopen Aug. 6, ending a three-and-a-half month shutdown. GF Management, a New Jersey firm, will take over operation of the hotel. GF has formed Dunkirk Hotel Associates, a limited partnership, to operate ...