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Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1994

Patricia Ferrentino, a Fredonia resident, has been notified that a poem she wrote, “Existence,” will be published in the National Library of Poetry’s “River of Dreams,” to be printed this fall. She is a finalist in the North American Open Poetry Contest.

Thirty years ago – 1984

Steve and Greg Sek, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Sek, 14 Armadillo St., Dunkirk are the subjects in an award-winning photo taken by the Rev. Ben Bielski, C.M., while serving a Dunkirk church. The brothers are first-grade pupils at School 7. The color photo won the bronze trophy in the International Salon of Photography Competition in Hong Kong and was given a full page in the Salon catalog. Titled “Framed,” the trophy winning photo was also entered in other competitions held in England, Springfield, Mass., and Westchester, NY, where it was part of the pictorial slide exhibit in the State of New York.

Forty years ago – 1974

Debra Luciano, a junior at Fredonia High School, will represent Fredonia American Legion Post 59 Auxiliary at Empire Girls State.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Dr. Arnold B. Victor, 32, specialist in pediatrics, has started a practice in Dunkirk. For the time being, he is located in the offices of Dr. Charles B. Mosher, 617 Central Ave.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

The Dunkirk area will have one if its own representing the area during D-Day remembrance ceremonies in England and Normandy. Thomas Fedyszyn, a 1965 graduate of Cardinal Mindszenty High School, is the captain and commander of the USS Normandy which is en route to England to take part in activities to commemorate the 50th anniversary of D-Day. Capt. Fedyszyn and his ship will be featured on the NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.

Thirty years ago – 1984

Denise Ann Pisa, 17, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Pisa of King Road, Forestville has been named Student of the Week at Forestville Central School. A senior, she has served as vice president of her class and is a member of the National Honor Society. Denise spent the summer of 1983 in Spain through the Spanish Heritage Association. Following graduation, she plans to attend Alfred State Agricultural and Technical College to study medical technology.

Forty years ago – 1974

“If more respect is not shown for the earth and its resources, then the end of the earth is approaching,” Jamestown Community College commencement speaker Dr. Thomas Erlandson told a class of more than 500 graduates.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Paul Salhoff of Dudley Motors Inc. of Fredonia, was among 32 Ford dealers in the Buffalo district to receive identical Ford Mustang official Indianapolis 500 pace cars. The awards are presented for outstanding operation of their dealerships.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

Jason Roberts, 15, of Route 60, Cassadaga is the third generation in his family to earn the Boy Scout organization’s highest rank, that of Eagle Scout. The son of Mr. and Mrs. William Ulrich and a freshman at Cassadaga Valley Central School, Jason was presented with his award in a ceremony held at the Cassadaga American Legion Post 1280. In attendance were Jason’s grandfather, James Bartlett of Sheridan, and his uncle, David Bartlett of Atlanta, Ga., both of whom earned Eagle Scout awards. Jason’s project was to fund raise and prepare a site for a monument dedicated to all Cassadaga area servicemen and women who gave their lives for their country.

Thirty years ago – 1984

M. Orville Hoover of Fredonia, retired circulation manager of the OBSERVER, was presented a special presidential award this week at the annual meeting of the New York State Circulation Management Association Inc. in Canandaigua. Mr. Hoover, who was circulation manager for 29 years and retired in 1976, was honored “in recognition of and with sincere appreciation for a lifetime of service and devotion” to the State Circulation Management Association. He served the group as president and five years as secretary-treasurer.

Forty years ago – 1974

The Rev. Msgr. Robert Hogan, a Fredonia native, has been named pastor of St. John de LaSalle Church in Niagara Falls.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Frederick Gould of South Dayton has been elected president of the Sigma Tau Epsilon Scholastic Honor Society at Alfred State University College.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

Dunkirk Police Chief Wade Weatherlow calls it a growing trend in police policy across the country, and now the city will try it. Within a month, the chief announced, Dunkirk will switch from two-man to one-man patrols. The department recently purchased three new marked cars. Along with the painting of the old patrol cars, this will allow the force to have as many as six cars on the road at any one time. Ideally, the plan would allow for five marked cars and one unmarked to patrol the city during each of the department’s three shifts. The one drawback to the change is officer safety. With only one man in the car, automatic backup is not guaranteed.

Thirty years ago – 1984

Norval J. Salisbury, who will be 93 years old in October, was named the honorary grand marshal for the annual Memorial Day parade in Dunkirk. He served in the U.S. Army during World War I and saw action in France. Mr. Salisbury worked at the former Safe Store on Central Avenue in Dunkirk for 57 years. He is a past commander, charter member and life member of American Legion Post 62, having served as its historian since 1923.

Forty years ago – 1974

“The Lamanite Generation,” which draws top talent from more than 600 Indian students representing more than 60 tribes, will appear at Gowanda High School.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Patrick J. Glowski, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Glowski of South Roberts Road, Dunkirk has been selected as the valedictorian of the Class of 1964 at Dunkirk Industrial High School.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

Five area Girl Scouts recently received the Gold Award, the highest award given in Girl Scouting. They are: Elizabeth McIntyre, Alice Harper, Tina Taby, Renee McIntyre and Airani Sathananthan. All are students at Fredonia High School and members of Troop 33. They have been active in scouting for 10 years. The scouts were honored by County Executive Andrew Goodell and the Chautauqua Area Girl Scout Council on May 22 for their achievements. At this ceremony, the girls also received congratulatory letters, including one from President and Mrs. Clinton.

Thirty years ago – 1984

The giant flea market and antique care show recently held at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds in Dunkirk is described as one of the largest in the East. The annual event draws interested spectators and customers from Canada and many eastern states. This year, a line of trailers extended bumper-to-bumper from the fairgrounds on Central Avenue to north of Green Street waiting for entrance to the fairgrounds.

Forty years ago – 1974

Robert Paganelli, the husband of the former Donna Smith of Fredonia, has been nominated by President Richard Nixon to be ambassador to the Middle East nation of Qatar on the Persian Gulf.

Fifty years ago – 1964

After 16 years of service as the area representative of the Buffalo Goodwill Industries, Mrs. Pearl Lewis has resigned her position. Mrs. Claude Haynes, 24 Kinney St., Brocton has assumed her duties.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

The Chautauqua County Jail and sheriff’s headquarters in Mayville may become the John R. Bentley Public Safety Building if the legislature agrees. A resolution to be considered by the Judicial and Public Safety Committee notes Sheriff Bentley spent most of his adult life as a member of the department, which he then headed for more than 20 years prior to his death last week. The resolution also calls for a suitable plaque to be erected to identify the building by its proposed name.

Thirty years ago – 1984

The “Sea Lion,” Chautauqua County’s authentic 16th century replica sailing ship, touched water for the first time during a recent launch ceremony near Mayville on Chautauqua Lake. Participants, many in Elizabethan costumes, conducted a historically correct “christening” of the vessel as the culmination of the ceremony. The “Sea Lion Project” began in 1971 as the dream of Ernie Cowan of Mayville.

Forty years ago – 1974

Fredonia residents expressed opinions at a village meeting on the possibility of a cable television company stringing up cable lines along village streets. Some were for the measure and others were against it.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Bruce Hunter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Hunter of 204 Temple St., Fredonia, has been selected as Fredonia Central School’s “Student of the Week.”

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Twenty years ago – 1994

William Catania, a senior at Westfield High School, is the Student of the Week. The son of Mr. and Mrs. William Catania of North Gale Street, Westfield, Bill is a four-year member of the Future Farmers of America. He has served as president of the local and county chapters of FFA and was recently elected state president of FFA. He has also served as class president for the past three years. Bill is also the captain of the school’s power lifting team that won the state championship this year. In addition, he is a two-year veteran of the Eriez Speedway.

Thirty years ago – 1984

The McGraw Funeral Home on Central Avenue in Dunkirk, owned by Robert S. McGraw, was sold today to Harry G. Kowal and sons John E. and Harry F. Kowal of Auburn, NY.

Forty years ago – 1974

Mayor Leon Damian of Dunkirk and Mayor Stanley Lundine of Jamestown will serve as co-chairmen for the campaign of Legislature Chairman Joseph Gerace for the office of county executive.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Jacques Borel, who operates a chain of Whimpy Hamburger restaurants in France, visited with W.W. Cease Commissary Service in Dunkirk, to discuss the food business.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

On Memorial Day (May 30), former OBSERVER city reporter Bill Dill will take the oath of office from Assemblyman William Parment during ceremonies to be conducted on the city hall steps, as he is sworn in as the city of Dunkirk’s new clerk of the board of assessors. He will officially take office June 1.

Thirty years ago – 1984

The Dunkirk Free Library Board of Trustees unanimously agreed to undertake a major library improvement project that could include the rehabilitation of its existing building, a new addition, or possibly, a completely new facility. The most likely source of funds would be through a community fund drive. The existing library was built in 1904 and since then, there has been no major rehabilitation work of any kind. A major problem with the building, besides needing a new roof and windows along with a general lack of space, is that there is no access for the handicapped.

Forty years ago – 1974

Anne Raudsepp, a junior at Silver Creek Central School, was awarded second place in a contest sponsored by the Western New York Chapter American Association of Teachers of German.

Fifty years ago – 1964

The water will once again be turned on for the Barker Common fountains in Fredonia, during a small ceremony headed by Dr. Anthony Leone.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

The name of Lt. j.g. Jack Lindquist is being added to the monument in Dunkirk’s Memorial Park which lists all city residents killed while on active military duty. Lt. Lindquist was apparently killed in a non-combat related accident while serving in the Navy. The omission was brought to the attention of former Third Ward Councilman Leonard Catalano by a man from Indiana who wondered why Lt. Lindquist’s name was not on the monument. A name strip is expected to be attached in time for Memorial Day.

Thirty years ago 1984

More than 100 friends and guests were at Shorewood Country Club for a luncheon presentation of the first annual “Good Scout Award” to Malcolm C. “John” Reed. This award is being given by the Chauterie District of the Allegheny Highlands Council, Boy Scouts of America, to honor an outstanding citizen in northern Chautauqua for community service which exemplifies the principles embodied in the scout oath and law. In presenting the award, SUNY Fredonia president Dr. Dallas K. Beal reviewed the significant contributions of Mr. Reed to the betterment of life and financial stability in our local communities.

Forty years ago – 1974

Fredonia natives Barbara and George Snead of Kent State University were named co-winners of the August Alpers Award in library science at the university.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Justice Marvin Dye, a member of the Court of Appeals, will be the guest speaker at the Memorial Day services in Forestville.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

Brocton Central School received top honors as recipient of the best newspaper award during the 13th Western New York School Press Association’s Media Day held at Fredonia State University College. Fredonia Central School captured third place. More than 300 high school journalists and their advisers attended the event and Laurie Lisowski of WGRZ news was the keynote speaker. Charles Lewis, formerly of the OBSERVER, judged the photography entries.

Thirty years ago – 1984

The Gowanda Psychiatric Center held an open house celebration to mark the establishment of a “Greater Gowanda Continuing Treatment Center” on Buffalo Street. The former Moose Club building now houses facilities that provide former GPC patients with a community-based treatment center to insure the success of personal adaptation in the community. Gloria Miller, the center’s director, feels the personal counseling that is offered to the clients who live in the community, is something very much needed as they attempt to “make it on their own.”

Forty years ago – 1974

The Rev. James Breitnauer was appointed the new principal of Cardinal Mindszenty High School in Dunkirk.

Fifty years ago – 1964

The OBSERVER Pet of the Week is “Puggy,” a pug dog owned by Timothy Eades, 6, and Janet Eades, 9. They are the children of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Eades of Christy Street, Silver Creek.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

Buffalo Bills’ backup quarterback Frank Reich and his wife Linda were the featured guest speakers recently at the second annual Fredonia Mothers of Pre-Schoolers – MOPS and POPS dinner banquet. The affair, held at the Harvest Chapel Free Methodist Church in Fredonia, drew a capacity crowd of 165. The Reichs shared their perspective of being parents of pre-school aged children.

Thirty years ago – 1984

Student of the Week is Mark Stebbins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Schuyler Stebbins of Stebbins Road, Silver Creek. He is president of his senior class at Silver Creek Central School and president of the high school band. A member of the National Honor Society, Mark was a commended student in the 1984 National Merit Scholarship Competition. He earned letters in basketball, football and track and was named captain and MVP of the track team. Mark plans to continue his education at Princeton University and has been awarded a U.S. Army ROTC scholarship.

Forty years ago – 1974

Doug Hosterman, former radio personality in Dunkirk and Fredonia, also known as Doug Davis, is sports director of WJET-TV Channel 24, in Erie.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Several residents of a downtown business/apartment building were forced to flee their rooms when a fire broke out in the kitchen of Dolly’s Restaurant in Fredonia.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, whose glamour epitomized the administration of John F. Kennedy and whose dignity carried the nation through the shock of his assassination, died of cancer on May 19. She was 64. Mrs. Onassis disclosed in February that she was suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph system. Born July 28, 1929, she was a debutante and socialite who married Kennedy, a young senator, in 1953. She was 31 when he became the nation’s 35th president.

Thirty years ago 1984

The amazing sale of New York State lottery tickets has not been confined to the big city areas as Dunkirk and Fredonia vendors were all smiles and all were busy this morning. The $18.5 million Lotto prize is believed to be the largest ever offered in North America. A Dunkirk proprietor reportedly sold tickets at the rate of 300 an hour yesterday. He sold 4,300 tickets yesterday and 700 in the first two hours today with customers lined up at 6 a.m.

Forty years ago – 1974

A record number of calls (359) were answered by the Fredonia Fire Department between May 1, 1973 and April 30, 1974, it was reported in the fire department’s annual report.

Fifty years ago – 1964

“Krazy Days,” sponsored by the Fredonia Boosters Association, is being celebrated in Fredonia this week.

Public assistance to Dunkirk residents totaled $42,378 in April.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

John R. Bentley, who over the past 20 years built the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department into a professional police force, died today at his home. He was 64 and a police officer for more than 38 years. Among his survivors are three sons, all of them police officers, and a daughter. He was the second high county official to die this week, the other being County Personnel Director Robert Laughlin. He was 68.

Thirty years ago – 1984

Robert Redford’s movie, “The Natural,” recently opened in Dunkirk. Eleven-year-old Dennis Gould of South Dayton said he was beginning to feel like a movie star after seeing himself on the screen for the first time. His name was listed in the film credits at the end of the movie. His part as a carnival boy includes a brief dialogue with movie star Robert Redford. His mother, Vivian Gould, also was an extra in the movie and she spotted herself on the screen four different times. Dennis mentioned with pride that Redford gave him the baseball that was used in his scenes.

Forty years ago – 1974

A public meeting will be held for the proposed cable television service in Fredonia.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Jansen Chazanof, a junior at Fredonia High School, received a summer scholarship to Santos, Sao Paulo, near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, through the auspices of the American Field Service.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

The Chautauqua County landfill continued to make money in March, but at a slower rate than in 1993. The lower revenue figures came about despite an increase in tipping fees on Jan. 1. Out-of-county waste continues to be a mainstay of the landfill’s fiscal health. At the same time, competition from other landfills is mounting and the future looks uncertain.

Thirty years ago – 1984

Silver Creek Central School students placed in four of the six categories at the recent business skills competition at Jamestown Business College sponsored by the Chautauqua County Business Teachers Association. Eighty-one students from 16 different schools competed in the contest. Annette Kehrer, a SCCS senior, captured first place in the Keyboarding I division, making her the fastest student typist in Chautauqua County. Also placing in their divisions were Richard White, Accounting I; John Sack, Accounting II; and Andrea Brookman, Keyboarding I.

Forty years ago – 1974

Keith Francis of Fredonia was named the 1973-74 Outstanding Local President in Division IX of the New York State Jaycees.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Jack Schrader, a junior at Fredonia High School, established a golf record when he fired a one-over-par 40 for 12 holes at the Hillview Golf Course.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

Angelo Bennice of Dunkirk, director of the Chautauqua County South & Center Sewer Districts, has been selected as the winner of the Uhl T. Mann Award for Excellence in Plant Operations. The honor was given by the State Water Environment Association. Mr. Bennice is one of six statewide winners. He is a certified Grade 1A operator, the highest certification obtainable. This year, he will complete his 35th year in service to the wastewater industry.

Thirty years ago – 1984

Officials of Chem Process Inc, a printing manufacturer in Dunkirk, are seriously considering building a new 122,000 square foot plant in the Northern Chautauqua County Industrial Park on Middle Road in the town of Sheridan. The $14 million project, according to an application filed by the company, is expected to result in about 130 new jobs being created over the next two years. The land for the project is currently part of the city of Dunkirk’s airport property.

Forty years ago – 1974

At the Silver Creek junior and senior prom, “Paper Moon,” Cindy Wells was named princess; Louis Vento, king; Paula Fitzgibbons, queen; and Filmore Miller, prince.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Fire damage to a processing plant on Shaver Street in Ripley is reaching into the $150,000 to $175,000 range.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

Former Dunkirk mayor and city school district teacher Gregory Krauza has resigned his position as Jamestown High School assistant principal. He gave no reason for the decision, which takes effect June 30. Mr. Krauza will be on unpaid leave of absence until the resignation. A former Dunkirk Middle School social studies teacher, Mr. Krauza resigned from his teaching post in Dunkirk at the beginning of the current school year to take the job in Jamestown.

Thirty years ago – 1984

In Chautauqua, there’s a lady, “La Grande Dame” she is called, who, after nearly 83 years of tranquil service on the shores of Chautauqua Lake, has received a facelift and now is nearly more splendid and stately than ever before. The Athenaeum Hotel has undergone a two-year, $2 million restoration and renovation at Chautauqua Institution, the nationally-recognized summertime center for the arts, education, religion and recreation. The hotel has been restored to its original 1881 grandeur.

Forty years ago – 1974

Donald Gens, president of the Silver Creek Kiwanis Club, was elected the 1974-75 lieutenant governor of the Southwestern Division of the New York State District of Kiwanis International.

Fifty years ago – 1964

A grand opening is planned for the new Gammon’s Supermarket on Lucas Avenue near Central Avenue in Dunkirk.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

Silvia Billerio Mannino, a foreign language teacher at Chautauqua Central School, has been selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow for 1994. She is one of only 66 fellowship winners from more than 300 applicants in the national competition this year. A graduate of Westfield Academy and Central School, Mrs. Mannino also worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa. This summer, she will receive an award of $3,750 to pursue professional development abroad and will spend six weeks in Spain.

Thirty years ago – 1984

The grand opening of the Silver Creek Senior Citizens Center on Route 5 west of the village took place May 12. Area senior citizens have volunteered their time, money, ideas and all their efforts to turn what was once a machine shop into a comfortable and permanent home for their activities. The former Empire Machine Shop was purchased in November 1983 for $22,000. Doris LoManto has been referred to as the “backbone” of all the efforts while her husband Louis spent many hours with the group’s building committee remodeling the building.

Forty years ago – 1974

Rolland Kidder, chairman of the county legislature’s finance committee and candidate for the State Assembly, continued his opposition to the freeze on grape land assessments.

Fifty years ago – 1964

The Dunkirk Fire Department, under the direction of Fire Chief Anthony Domst, this week completed fire drills in every school in the city.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

The Silver Creek Assembly of God Church held a special ground-breaking service on May 1 with more than 80 members of the congregation present. The new 5,000 square foot building on Route 20 will offer parishioners a worship facility seating more than 200 people. A fall completion date is expected. The Rev. Bruce Craig, pastor, has been conducting services in a rented storeroom at 262 Central Ave., Silver Creek since coming to Silver Creek over three years ago.

Thirty years ago – 1984

Phil and Gerri Cenedella of Fredonia attended the Buffalo movie premiere of “The Natural” and were pleased that Phil’s part as the train conductor didn’t end up on the cutting room floor. Movie goers will recognize the Dunkirk businessman as the conductor saying “half an hour” as the movie stars leave the train. The scene was shot in South Dayton in September 1983.

Forty years ago – 1974

Joseph Davis, a senior at Fredonia State University College, who has composed a number of widely-acclaimed soul, rhythm and blues and popular songs, will be featured in a special concert at the college.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Fredonia High School student Bruce Hunter has been selected as the OBSERVER’s Student of the Week.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

Karen Karsten of Silver Creek has been named the Young Careerist representing District VIII of Business and Professional Women (BPW). The competition was held at the Dock of the Bay Restaurant in Hamburg. An employee of the OBSERVER, Miss Karsten handles news from the Silver Creek Bureau. She will compete on the state BPW level at a convention on June 11 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany.

Thirty years ago – 1984

New York is the only state that does not have photo drivers’ licenses now that Tennessee began its own system earlier this year. Gov. Mario Cuomo has made it clear he is displeased with repeated delays, saying he wants to begin issuing photo licenses July 1.

Forty years ago – 1974

A total of 233 Dunkirk residents were approved for tax cuts under a tax relief program for senior citizens.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Anita Sue Burns, Judith Hardy and Donald Holtz were hired as teachers in the Dunkirk Public Schools.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

LouAnn Krystofiak of Dunkirk recently received a letter from the editors of “Family Circle” magazine in response to a note of encouragement she had written to Sondra Brisby after reading about her battle to lose weight and quit smoking. “Family Circle” stated that her note was selected from among hundreds for its inspiration. Her letter was then forwarded to the producers of the Maury Povich talk show who are working on plans for a panel discussion on a future program about success stories. Krystofiak had attended a diet program where she lost 52 pounds in 11 months.

Thirty years ago – 1984

Residents who live near the Conrail tracks in Dunkirk’s First Ward should be pleased with last week’s announcement by railroad officials that within the next few weeks, the company will stop using the north stub track that brings trains close to their homes. Area residents have been bothered by the sounds of railroad engines and refrigerator cars left running overnight and the elimination of that section of track is expected to cut down on those noises.

Forty years ago – 1974

The average Fredonia State University College student spends about $76 per month, it was reported.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Miss Catherine A. Gannett of the Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company and Miss Beatrice M. McGan of the Dunkirk Trust Company will attend the 59th annual banquet and president’s reception of the Buffalo Chapter of the American Institute of Banking in Buffalo.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

The newly unveiled Fredonia Village Hall and Opera House sign is not just a sign, but a piece of art, according to Trustee Frank Pagano. The 5-foot by 8 1/2-foot sign, built for the southwest corner of village hall at no cost to taxpayers, is a donation to the village from 53 individuals, organizations and businesses. Painted in different tones of green with gold lettering, the color theme was taken from the opera house interior, to pay recognition to the historical landmark currently being restored. The sign reads, “Fredonia Village Hall and Opera House, Founded 1902.”

Thirty years ago – 1984

Edward Briggs, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Briggs of 309 Lake Shore Drive East, Dunkirk has been named Student of the Week at the LoGuidice VoTech Center in Fredonia. Ed, a second-year student in the VoTech Carpentry program, is a senior at Dunkirk High School, where he has been a member of the track team. In October, Ed plans to join the U.S. Marine Corps. While in the service, he will pursue training for a career in construction engineering.

Forty years ago – 1974

The Dunkirk Urban Renewal Agency, following a federal law, issued checks totaling $86,331.38 to 26 families who were shuffled from dwellings in the Dunkirk urban renewal area into public housing in the city.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Dr. Ronald A. Passafaro, 135 Central Ave., Fredonia was among four western New York physicians elected as associate fellows of the American College of Physicians during a recent meeting in Philadelphia.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

A party was held recently for four persons who retired from the maintenance department of AL Tech Specialty Steel. After a dinner at the Kosciuszko Club in Dunkirk, the following persons were honored: Ben Galbraight (43 years as a welder); Harvey Hill (carpenter for 39 years); Willis Meadows (a 38-year machinist); and Phil Arcoraci, employed as an electrician for 42 years.

Thirty years ago – 1984

A formal opening of the “Wooden Heart” took place on May 5-6. Located at the corner of Pine and Pangolin streets, the newly-decorated and expanded facility has a modern lounge, plus a banquet facility to fit most occasions. Under the management of Ray and Jean Kozlowski, the new nightspot is open daily except Mondays. Live entertainment every weekend and fish fry every Friday are featured.

Forty years ago – 1974

The first president of the local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Hormon Dorsey, was honored at a local dinner. Also participating were Earley Waller, Florence Barnes, the Rev. Leon Woods, Rita Barnes, the Rev. E.B. Barnes and Dr. Winton Hardiman.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Miss Karen Bowker of Hanover Road, Silver Creek is one of three winners of the Doyle School of Beauty scholarship. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bowker.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

As part of the village of Brocton’s 100th year anniversary, plans are under way to build a gazebo in the village park on Park Street. Mayor Harry Watters said the gazebo project was chosen as it will benefit the entire community as well as serve as a memoir of the village’s centennial. The fundraising goal for the project is $10,000. A ground-breaking was held recently and the project should be completed by late June. It will be similar to the gazebo in the village of Fredonia’s Barker Commons and will be used for events such as band concerts.

Thirty years ago – 1984

Ambulatory surgery has been introduced in Chautauqua County at Brooks Hospital in Dunkirk. New York State Health Department approval for the service at Brooks offers patients the opportunity to undergo certain types of surgical procedures, such as knee, hand or wrist surgery, laparoscopy and breast biopsies, returning home within hours after the surgery, without an overnight stay. Less than half the nation’s nearly 7,000 hospitals have ambulatory surgery facilities within the hospitals.

Forty years ago – 1974

At School 5 in Dunkirk, Dunkirk patrolman Frank Levandoski demonstrated the “talking bicycle,” an instructional instrument used by police agencies in teaching children about bicycle safety.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Frank Nappo has been elected president of the Silver Creek Junior Chamber of Commerce.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

Erik J. Kolodziej of Dunkirk is the grand prize winner in the “Boys Life” magazine Salute to America Photo Contest. About 100 entrants nationwide vied for the grand prize trip to Washington, D.C., and Kodak camera equipment. Erik entered a scenic photograph of Monument Valley on the Arizona-Utah border. Contest winners will be featured in the July issue of “Boys Life,” an official magazine of the Boy Scouts of America. The son of Ed and Kathy Kolodziej, Erik is a member of Troop 254 sponsored by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Dunkirk.

Thirty years ago – 1984

Ms. Sharon Guenther, formerly with another salon, has just opened her own hair salon called “Hairs Lookin’ At You.” As owner/operator, Sharon offers all the latest perms and cut techniques, along with convenient hours. Hairs Lookin’ At You is located in the Russo Building, Fredonia.

Forty years ago – 1974

The Bemus Point-Stow Ferry has begun its rounds of Chautauqua Lake for the 163rd year.

Fifty years ago – 1964

By 1975, the average American family will be earning $9,525 and the average wage earner will be working 37 hours a week, according to a report prepared by the 20th Century Fund.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

The promotion of Susan Chiappone to editor of the living section of the OBSERVER is announced by Charles R. Jarvis, general manager and editor. Ms. Chiappone replaces M. Louise Ratkoski, who has retired after 29 years as an OBSERVER employee. Previously, Ms. Chiappone had been an assistant to Mrs. Ratkoski. She also worked in the Silver Creek Bureau of the OBSERVER for more than 10 years. She twice has been named “Young Careerist of the Year” by the Silver Creek Business and Professional Women’s Club.

Thirty years ago – 1984

After 18 years of moving around, Troopers Toys for Tots now has a permanent home. The not-for-profit corporation bought the Mitchell Food building on West Main Street in Fredonia recently. The purchase was made possible by a local anonymous businessman who took a bank loan for $30,000 and then turned the money over to the corporation. Jack Miller, president of Toys for Tots, said the corporation has applied to foundations for federal funds to repay the businessman. The warehouse was previously owned by the Mitchell estate.

Forty years ago – 1974

The “Red Hot,” a platform-sole sandal selling for $14, had been sold out but is now back in stock at Park Shoe Store in Dunkirk.

Fifty years ago – 1964

After 36 years under the same ownership, the Central Avenue Bakery in Dunkirk has changed hands and will be operated under a new name, the Westfield Home Bakery.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

After finishing a tour through Iowa, Julie Milazzo, a student with “Up with People,” has left for a tour through Europe where she will perform. She has successfully completed training with “Up with People” in Denver, Colo. The European tour will include stops in Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, France and Belgium. The tour will next visit the West Coast before the group departs for Australia. Julie is a graduate of Fredonia High School, Class of 1993, and is the daughter of Theresa Milazzo of Fredonia and Dr. Richard Milazzo of Dunkirk.

Thirty years ago – 1984

David C. Bryant, co-owner of the White Inn in Fredonia and partner in the renovation project there, has been named Business Person of the Year by the Fredonia State University College Business Club. Although Mr. Bryant came to Fredonia to teach philosophy at Fredonia State in 1970, he left teaching in 1975 to become a project engineer for Silver Creek’s entrepreneur Albert Newman.

Forty years ago – 1974

Van Buren Road, on both sides of the Penn Central and Norfolk and Western Railroad tracks in Pomfret, is being considered as the possible site for an $800 million generating facility for Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Members of Dunkirk’s two drum and bugle corps will hold a program at Dunkirk High School in order to raise money for a trip to the World’s Fair.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1994

The Fredonia College Foundation will present its Distinguished Service Awards to two former college administrators who were key contributors to the growth and expansion of Fredonia State University College in the 1960s. Oscar E. Lanford, former college president who went on to Albany to serve as SUNY vice chancellor and Robert E. Coon, former vice president for student affairs, will accept their awards at the Distinguished Service Awards Banquet on May 7 in the Campus Center.

Thirty years ago – 1984

Paul Zittel of Collins Center arrived home from Nashville, Tenn., at 1:15 a.m. this morning after winning a country music talent contest the day before. He was up at 5 a.m. to work with his father Raymond on their 275-head Holstein dairy farm on the Collins-Springville Road. The 27-year-old lead singer performs locally with Ken Reding and the Valley Boys. Appearing on the Nashville Network talent show, “You Can Be A Star,” Paul won both the daily and weekly competition and returns May 17 to compete against 11 other weekly winners.

Forty years ago – 1974

A $2 million mobile home development has been proposed for a 100-acre site, to be located primarily in the west town of Dunkirk.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Portions of the old Monroe Block at Central Avenue and Third Street in Dunkirk will be razed. Only the ground-level, one-story building housing the Monroe Insurance offices will be retained. The upper two stories will come off.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1994

The Sheridan Town Board, by a unanimous vote, joined the Chautauqua County Legislature in expressing opposition to the proposed “Rails to Trails” project. The legislature had recently voted 14-11 against seeking aid to convert abandoned railroad rights-of-ways into multi-use paths. The town board would rather see the property in question sold to adjoining landowners. Members also stated there is a concern by adjoining property owners with liability should someone stray off the trail and get hurt.

Thirty years ago – 1984

Calendar Girl for the month of May is Lynn Winkowski, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Winkowski of Silver Creek and a senior at Silver Creek Central School. A Regents scholarship winner, Lynn is one of the top students in her class, which she serves as secretary. She was also chosen as the 1983-84 Miss Festival of Grapes. Lynn was awarded first place for drawing at the Daemen College All-High Art Exhibit. Following graduation, she plans to continue her education in the field of art.

Forty years ago – 1974

Steven Rusch has returned to Fredonia High School after missing much of his freshman year due to an injury he suffered in football practice. Steve was the candidate for a local “Profile in Courage.”

Fifty years ago – 1964

Lance Cpl. Joseph Kuzara Jr. of Dunkirk has been selected by the commandant of the Marine Corps for special assignment to foreign duty with the U.S. Department of State.

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