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Retrospective

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Thirty years ago — 1990 In an OBSERVER photo, Brocton resident Jenny Beaujean, 7, waves to the camera from a new car presented to her family at a benefit held to defray medical costs for the cancer victim. Seated in the driver’s seat is Jenny’s mother, Carolyn Sullivan. The car was ...

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Thirty years ago — 1990 Sale of the Chautauqua County solid waste disposal system today became a dead duck, at least for the immediate future, as majority Republicans in the county legislature conceded they do not have the votes to get the measure approved. County Executive Andrew Goodell ...

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Thirty years ago — 1990 Located in the former Neighborhood Card Shop and Town and Country store building at 323 Central Ave., Bill’s Bikes and Sports offers 3,500 square feet of showroom in promoting its theme of “familyfun and fitness.” Owned and operated by Bill and Jane Ploetz of ...

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Thirty years ago — 1990 Alisha Alessi, daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. David Alessi and a student at Dunkirk High School, left Oct. 10 for Tainan, Taiwan where she will spend her sophomore year. Alisha will be staying with her aunt and uncle, who are missionaries in Taiwan. While there, she ...

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Thirty years ago — 1990 Christopher Lasch, author of the bestselling book, “The Culture of Narcissism,” was the guest speaker at Fredonia State University College during its annual Academic Convocation. The historian’s morning talk on American culture in King Concert Hall was ...

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Thirty years ago — 1990 Gowanda Psychiatric Center employees are rallying forces and organizing strategies in an effort to keep the state facility in operation. GPC, as it is now, is going to disappear, they were told. An aggressive unified campaign was urged, one which will inform the ...

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Thirty years ago — 1990 A young Chautauqua County mother recently became the first person to receive Gov. Mario Cuomo’s new Decade of the Child award — an honor established to recognize young people who have successfully overcome large obstacles in their lives. Tylah Marie Aponte, a ...

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Thirty years ago — 1990 John Lennon’s 50th birthday today will be marked with a celebration beyond even the slain rock star’s utopian vision: his peace anthem “Imagine” playing simultaneously for 1 billion people in 130 countries. Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, will speak briefly ...

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Thirty years ago — 1990 Donald J. Hogan, retired administrator of Chautauqua County Vacationlands Association, will be honored by Seaway Trail Inc. at an upcoming banquet. Hogan encouraged Seaway Trail’s development and recommended that it continue through Chautauqua County. In 1986, the ...

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Thirty years ago — 1990 Hope Forbes of Dunkirk recently won second place in the “Natural Wonders” division in the Allegany Region of the state photography contest, “The Wonders of New York.” Her subject was Lake Erie. Forty years ago — 1980 Three former Dunkirk softball greats ...

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Thirty years ago — 1990 The Samuel Cimino VFW Post 6472 in Silver Creek is rebuilding its clubrooms after a fire which destroyed the building on North Main Street this spring. The new building will be about the same size as the former clubrooms. A fund drive to assist with the rebuilding is ...

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Thirty years ago — 1990 New York Secretary of State Gail Shaffer presented the National Environmental Award to Ripley Supervisor Tom Curtin at a ceremony in Ripley to honor the town for its new water improvement facility built under the state Self Help Program. The award was presented to ...

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Thirty years ago — 1990 The Rev. Roger Eimers has joined the staff of the First Baptist Church of Dunkirk as an associate pastor. Rev. Eimers arrived in Fredonia in 1976 when he founded the Lake Erie Baptist Church and six years later he started the Lake Erie Christian Academy. A native of ...

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Thirty years ago — 1990 Douglas J. Fenton of Dunkirk has been named coordinator of the Dunkirk Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Fenton also serves as the community relations director for Brooks Hospital. Prior to that, he was the managing editor for the former Buffalo Business Journal. He also had ...

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Thirty years ago — 1990 With the recent closing of Dunkirk’s School 7, some other local elementary schools have received inquiries regarding transfer of their children into another school. Three or four inquiries have been made to the Fredonia schools with one School 7 student enrolling ...

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Thirty years ago — 1990 Westfield native and former resident Robin Dickerson Gebhard has realized her childhood dream of becoming a doctor after 10 years of hard study and work. It took Dr. Gebhard 10 years of hard study and many hours of internship, but she finally made it. The daughter of ...

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Thirty years ago — 1990 Gov. Mario Cuomo is scheduled to visit the Lakeview Correctional Shock Incarceration Facility near Brocton. After a brief tour of the prison, he will give the opening speech at Lakeview’s inmate graduation ceremony. The governor will depart shortly after the ...

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Thirty years ago — 1990 There has been a strong outpouring from the Fredonia community since a fountain in west Barker Common was recently damaged to pay for the repairs. Trustee Roger Britz said he has been contacted by several residents and business people offering funds to repair the ...

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Thirty years ago — 1990 Fredonia State University College has been ranked 57th in Money magazine’s fall 1990 guide to the 200 best buys in American institutes of higher education. Only two public universities from western New York were on the list. The other, besides Fredonia State, was ...

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Thrity years ago — 1990 Dana Best, a former Fredonia resident, finished second recently in the Academic Honor Society National Golf Tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Annually, more than 2,000 golfers attempt to qualify at one of the 14 regional qualifier tournaments. Best is a 1979 graduate ...