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Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1994

Dunkirk Recreation Director Robert Patterson confirmed that the city was in the process of looking into the former Cardinal Mindszenty High School building as a possible youth center, with it being at the top of the list of facilities the city is considering. He viewed the county’s interest in the same building for new county offices as an opportunity to possibly enter into a joint project, feeling the two entities could co-exist. The Mindszenty site is still owned by the Diocese of Buffalo, which closed the school in 1979.

Thirty years ago – 1984

Todd R. Reynolds, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Reynolds of Chestnut Street, Fredonia, has been appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and will report July 2. A 1984 graduate of Fredonia High School, Todd was a member of the National Honor Society and treasurer of his class. Active in sports, he was captain of the varsity soccer team and co-captain of the track team.

Forty years ago – 1974

Richard Webb, director of the Dunkirk-Fredonia Community Chorus, was honored at an installation dinner, which featured his life review during a skit, “This Is Your Life.”

Fifty years ago – 1964

Dr. Henry Youngerman, professor of speech pathology and audiology at Fredonia State University College, will direct the ninth summer speech and hearing clinic at the college.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

The Rev. Franklin Murdock recently retired as pastor of the Fredonia Baptist Church. Ordained in 1956, he had been active in church work since 1949. A resident of Dunkirk, he is presently representing the western area as vice-president of the American Baptist Ministers Council of New York State. Rev. Murdock also served on the local Rural Ministry Board.

Thirty years ago – 1984

Philip and Ethan Zlotchew of Boy Scout Troop 256 of Fredonia were recipients of the Ner Tamid (Eternal Light) Religious Emblem at the Sunday School Recognition Sabbath Services Saturday at Temple Beth El in Dunkirk. They are the sons of Dr. and Mrs. Clark M. Zlotchew, 18 Westerly Drive, Fredonia. Scouts who earn the award do an in-depth study of the Bible and the history and religion of the Jewish people. This was the first presentation of its kind – not only in the temple but also in the Allegheny Highlands Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Forty years ago – 1974

A “Daffy Duck” glass, filled with a soft drink, was available for 39 cents at Carrol’s Restaurant, 161 East Main St., Fredonia.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Dave Criscione of the Dunkirk Columbus Club Little League team pitched his second no hitter and also crushed his fifth home run of the year.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

“The Gowanda Shrine Club is number one not just in time, but in deeds.” This statement was made by Ronald Tills, high priest of the Ismailia Temple, during a plaque dedication denoting the Gowanda Shrine Club as the first and most continuously-active Shrine Club in North America. The club is best known for its care of severely-burned children or children with orthopedic problems. Current membership of the Gowanda club is about 110. At the present time, it is sponsoring six outpatients at the Hospital for Crippled Children in Erie.

Thirty years ago – 1984

The first annual John M. Gullo Polka Fest was held June 17 at the John T. Murray VFW Post 1017 on Deer Street in Dunkirk. Dance music was provided by The Good Times and The Cavaliers, and a guest appearance was made by Barry Lillis of WGRZ-TV, Buffalo. A chicken barbecue also was held. Proceeds from the event benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Forty years ago – 1974

Fifty-nine students will participate in the Rural Externship Program sponsored by the Great Lakes Area Regional Medical Program Inc., at Brooks Hospital.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Purdy of Webster Road in Fredonia welcomed 31 children who arrived from Cleveland for a stay with host families in the area. Mrs. Purdy is chairman of the Fresh Air Children’s Friendly Town Project.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

The Cassadaga Branch Library’s first birthday was celebrated on June 18 in the new building’s air-conditioned comfort. The event, coordinated by the branch library board and members of the Mary E. Seymour Library’s board of trustees, was marked with a birthday cake, a used book sale, displays and demonstrations. Among the nearly 100 guests was Ann Miller, an active participant in the Cassadaga Then & Now series that preceded the birthday celebration. Mrs. Miller came to the occasion dressed in her early century costume.

Thirty years ago – 1984

A Doctor of Medicine degree was awarded to Robert R. Conti June 7, during the 137th commencement of the Graduate School and the School of Medicine of Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. He has been accepted at the Wilmington (Del.) Medical Center to begin a general internship starting June 29. Robert is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Louis R. Conti, 141 Temple St., Fredonia.

Forty years ago – 1974

Ted Lutz was the keyman award winner and Douglas Rector was named Jaycee of the Year during the Fredonia Jaycees annual installation banquet at the Holiday Inn in Fredonia.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Sweet treats made by Nog Inc. of Dunkirk, including butterscotch topping, were displayed in the window of the office of the Dunkirk Chamber of Commerce.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

Eight third-grade students at Westfield Academy and Central School were awarded Steamer Atlantic T-shirts as prizes for their winning entries in a coloring contest. They are Caitlin Caldwell, Sara Gollnitz, Frank Schultz, Erik Demster, Modesto LaBoy, Cris Kettle, Alex Gerovid and Victor Sorrento. The students have been studying shipwrecks, including the sunken Steamer Atlantic. They have also written to the Canadian Embassy to request the ship be returned to U.S. occupancy.

Thirty years ago – 1984

Dr. Nelson L. Banks, a Western New York eye surgeon, has unveiled plans to construct a new eye care clinic at 749 Central Ave. in Dunkirk. Groundbreaking for the complex, which will feature full laser surgical facilities, is scheduled this fall. Designated “The Eye Care Center,” the proposed 5,000-square-foot-building will also include an optometry shop where patients can anticipate same-day service for eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions. The construction manager for the project is Joseph Castiglia of Silver Creek.

Forty years ago – 1974

Two members of the graduating class at Silver Creek High School, John Klein and Dave Polvino, were awarded basketball scholarships at Geneseo State University College and Hobart College, respectively.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Joseph Allessi is planning the official opening of his new Mercury-Comet dealership on East Main Street in Fredonia.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

A private development in and around Dunkirk’s Battery Point is being proposed. Lake Winds, a residential townhouse and single-family home development on more than 30 acres of land, is the brainchild of local resident Fred Gregory. The sketch plan would allow for 88 lots to be developed. Mr. Gregory also was seeking and later received approval to open a closed portion of one of three roads leading to the site with common council members approving $30,000 to open the road, contingent upon the project moving forward and being approved.

Thirty years ago – 1984

Mancuso’s Service at 242 East Main Street in Fredonia is celebrating their 30th anniversary. Started in the spring of 1954, the popular station has been family owned and operated continuously and currently Tony Jr. is at the helm. An invitation has been extended to the entire community to join the celebration and enjoy low fuel prices and quality service from the folks who care.

Forty years ago – 1974

The Judith Dietzen baby sitter’s program, sponsored by the Fredonia-Pomfret Youth Council, ended its eight-week program. Mrs. Dietzen was assisted by Astrid Dietzen, Eleanor Rutecki and six-month-old Heidi Dietzen, who was a live model for the class.

Fifty years ago – 1964

A golf club set featuring seven clubs and a bag is on sale for $34.88 at Kobacker’s in the D&F Plaza.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

A letter from the East Town of Dunkirk Fire Department suggesting a four-way traffic stop be established at New, Franklin and South Roberts Road in an effort to reduce accidents, was read during the Dunkirk Town Board’s regular meeting. The concern was prompted by recent accidents at the intersection, which currently has a two-way stop. The roadway is owned by the county.

Thirty years ago – 1984

Claiming that he was a victim of a “political hit squad,” Dunkirk Board of Education member Roosevelt Haynes, defeated last May in his re-election bid, said that his loss represented a step backwards in city politics. Mr. Haynes, the first black ever elected to public office five years ago, also cited extremely low voter turnout (less than 10 percent), in May as “another chapter in the book of political apathy.” He further charged that his re-election was opposed by a group of persons who “seek to systematically stack the Board of Education with their own puppets.” Mr. Haynes received 103 votes, finishing a distant third to incumbent Dr. Robert A. Manzella and newcomer Grace Knaak.

Forty years ago – 1974

Margaret Thompson of Brocton entertained the “School Belles” at the group’s 27th reunion. An indoor picnic was served to nine ladies and Mildred Rothwell won the door prize.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Fred Feltz, supervising principal of Silver Creek High School, accepted from the seniors a tree to be planted on the school campus in remembrance of the Class of 1964.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

In the Fredonia Central School District’s largest voter turnout in a decade, the 1994-95 school budget and facilities project passed by large margins, but the race for the second-place board candidate was almost as close as the score of the Bills’ first Super Bowl. Two board seats for five-year terms were up for grabs. The four candidates in order of finish were: John Berner, Margaret Valone, Diane Haight and Andrew Christina. A mere 20 votes separated Ms. Valone and Ms. Haight, with Ms. Valone winning a seat along with Mr. Berner. Both are new faces on the board.

Thirty years ago – 1984

Barring the unlikely chance of successful last-ditch appeals, the 10-cent pay telephone call, a fixture in New York state for 30 years, will cost 25 cents in a few short weeks. This is part of an overall rate hike of $339 million a year for the New York Telephone Co. The telephone company could convert its 160,000 pay phones statewide in about two weeks, pending approval from the Public Service Commission. The increase is the first in pay phone costs since 1953, when the price was boosted to a dime from 5 cents. It is expected to bring in about $100 million in added revenue.

Forty years ago – 1974

A rash of vandalism in the city of Dunkirk involved the opening of fire hydrants. Police Chief Edward “Scrappy” Mulville stated anyone caught opening the hydrants would be charged with criminal mischief and criminal tampering.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Jack Barbin, Carl Spoto and Dale Miller were the big trophy winners during the first annual Brocton High School athletic banquet. More than 150 persons attended.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

The Dunkirk-Fredonia Center for Peace and Justice awarded first-place certificates for the 1993-94 Peace Essay contest to three high school students. Susie Zirkle from Brocton won an award for an essay on the “Underground Railway.” “Women’s Suffrage,” was the topic of the essay by Suzanne Guziec of Dunkirk and Kristin Osman of Fredonia wrote about Danes who aided World War II Jews. The Center’s essay topic was to “discuss an individual or group effort to resist injustice or intolerance.”

Thirty years ago – 1984

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sevola Sr., 80 Orchard St., Fredonia have returned from Boston, Mass., where they attended the profession of vows of their son, Frank Jr., in Friars Minor Franciscan Priests and Brothers. Brother Frank will be assigned to Boston for the summer and in the fall he will go to Washington, D.C., to begin study for the priesthood.

Forty years ago – 1974

An announcement in today’s OBSERVER states that just $5 will buy an introductory flying lesson at Dunkirk Aviation Sales and Service Inc.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Featured in an OBSERVER “Do You Remember?” photo is the very first graduating class at Fredonia High School. The year was 1925.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

The city of Dunkirk has been notified that it will be awarded a state grant for improvements which it hopes will lead to Amtrak making Dunkirk an official stop for its passenger trains. John C. Egan, commissioner of the state Department of Transportation, notified the city by letter that it would be receiving $62,500, which the city hopes to use to refurbish the former depot at the foot of Main Street near the railroad tracks. The funding is part of the state’s $30 million Special Rail Transportation Program.

Thirty years ago – 1984

The largest Tops Friendly Market ever built in Western New York opened this month in the town of Dunkirk on Vineyard Drive. The 50,000 square foot store has a 36,000 square foot shopping area, parking for about 450 cars and will employ about 300 workers. The store is privately owned by Jane Eagan and Jerry Trindel of Fredonia. It includes 17 checkout stations, a floral boutique, bulk food section, huge salad bar and in-house bakery. The store is open daily from 6 a.m. to midnight.

Forty years ago – 1974

In the Fredonia High School auditorium, a large gathering of residents from Sheridan, Pomfret and Portland attended a presentation given by Niagara Mohawk officials who explained a proposal for a new power generating plant.

Fifty years ago – 1964

A community band, comprised of Silver Creek High School students and anyone in the school district who plays an instrument, is being organized.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

Forestville High School Principal Charles S. Nebral has accepted a high school principal position with the Falconer Central School System to begin this fall. A native of Fredonia, Mr. Nebral received a probationary appointment as Forestville’s principal in 1989. Prior to that, he served as elementary physical education teacher and driver education teacher at Forestville Central School. Mr. Nebral currently resides in Sheridan.

Thirty years ago – 1984

Brother Gene Wojcinski of Dunkirk professed his first vows as a Franciscan at the Franciscan Novitiate in Brookline, Mass., on June 2. A former registered nurse, Brother Gene is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Wojcinski of Armadillo Street. He also served three years in the U.S. Army. In the fall, he will continue theological studies at the Washington (DC) Theological Union.

Forty years ago – 1974

Health care costs and how to control them were discussed by hospital administrator L. William Coon during the annual meeting of the Women’s Auxiliary of Brooks Hospital.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Fredonia teachers Mrs. Melville Evarts and Mrs. George Englert were honored at a retirement party at the Wheelock School.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

Would the former Cardinal Mindszenty High School on Central Avenue in Dunkirk make a viable unified north county government office building? The Roman Catholic diocese has been approached by a special subcommittee of the Chautauqua County Legislature’s Public Works panel about selling the two-story high school, closed since 1979, and its associated rectory. The subcommittee apparently has shelved earlier plans to make an offer on the former Sidey’s store at the D&F Plaza as the New York City owners of the property want too much money.

Thirty years ago – 1984

John Gollnitz was honored for his 50 years of service in the Westfield Fire Department. Still an active member of Westfield’s Citizen Hose Company, Mr. Gollnitz is a former Westfield fire chief, a former director of the Southwestern Volunteer Firemen’s Association and is a member of the Past Chief’s Association of Westfield. About 180 people attended the dinner to honor Mr. Gollnitz who was presented with plaques from the fire department and the village of Westfield. The county, state and Murray Hose Co. No. 4 also recognized him.

Forty years ago – 1974

The most valuable players for sports at Fredonia High School were Terry Hoag, Lisal Rowland, Jodi Greenstein, Patty Martin, Cindy DeCeilio and Kathy Kolodziej.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Around 200 boys and girls from the area, ages 8 to 15, participated in the second annual bike rodeo at the D&F Plaza. The event was sponsored by the Dunkirk Kiwanis Club.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

Adam Czekanski and Peter J. Harvey, seniors at Silver Creek Central School, have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Class of 1994. The son of Michael and Diane Czekanski of West Lake Road, Silver Creek, Adam has received a three-year ROTC scholarship and plans to continue his education at Cornell University. Peter is the son of Paul and Audrey Harvey of Christy Road, Irving. Peter was awarded the Southern Tier Scholarship for Alfred University where he plans to continue his education.

Thirty years ago – 1984

The new D & K Furniture Store, 212 Lake Shore Drive East, Dunkirk celebrated its grand opening June 7-9. Shown in an OBSERVER photo in the center of the massive showroom are Walt Bates (owner of D & K Sleep Shop on Bennett Road) and Robert Bates, owner of D & K Furniture and store proprietor. The new D & K store offers four floors of brand name furniture and accessories.

Forty years ago – 1974

The five finalists in the Popularity Queen contest sponsored by Murray Hose Co. No. 4 in Dunkirk are Cynthia Lazarczyk, Rosemary Lagano, Pamela Skubis, Pamela Bernstein and Jennifer Vendette.

Fifty years ago – 1964

The Sargent, Webster, Crenshaw and Foley planning firm of Syracuse told the Dunkirk-Fredonia regional planning board that there are 5,011 structures in the city of Dunkirk.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

The Rev. Timothy Peter Kesicki, S.J., was ordained a priest on June 11 at Gesu Church in Cleveland, Ohio. He will celebrate his first Mass at Holy Trinity Church on June 18. Father Kesicki is the son of Bob and Carmella Kesicki of Dunkirk. On Sunday, June 26, he will perform the baptismal ceremony for his newborn niece, also at Holy Trinity Church. Father Kesicki’s first assignment will be to serve the refugees in East Africa from Sudan.

Thirty years ago – 1984

Mrs. Sophie Loeb, 58 East Green St., Dunkirk has a particular interest in the forthcoming Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Her granddaughter, Pamela May, a student at Utah State University, has been selected to play trombone in the All-College Olympic Marching Band. According to the proud grandmother, viewers looking for Pamela in the marching unit should “look for the largest trombone and the smallest musician.”

Forty years ago – 1974

Theresa Ann Dybka of Cherry Creek graduated second in her class from the Millard Fillmore School of Nursing in Buffalo.

Fifty years ago – 1964

The Pine Valley Rough Riders are planning their first western horse show.

Joseph Henry has been named Pomfret Highway Superintendent.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

Chautauqua County Legislator Charles Porpiglia (D-Dunkirk) was accused of skating dangerously close to suggesting that the county should have been included as a defendant in a $6.6 million lawsuit filed by the owners of the Sheraton Harborfront Inn in Dunkirk. Porpiglia denied he had made any such suggestion. “What I said,” he told questioning reporters, “is that the city of Dunkirk might have sued the county back when it announced it would not build a unified county office building on the harborfront development site and then maybe the Sheraton Inn wouldn’t be suing the city now.” County Attorney Steve Abdella warned Porpiglia it was dangerous for any county official to make that kind of statement about an ongoing lawsuit.

Thirty years ago – 1984

Donald Duck, the cartoon character created by Walt Disney, celebrated his 50th birthday this year. Donald made his debut in “The Wise Hen” on June 9, 1934. Donald Duck has fans in 76 countries, daily comic strips in 100 foreign newspapers and comic books published in 47 nations in 21 languages. His name or likeness appears on more than 100 products.

Forty years ago – 1974

Fifty-two Fredonia Middle School students are on a two-day backpacking hike which included a 15-mile hike from Cockaigne to the Middle School, with an overnight campout at the Fredonia policemen’s grounds in Arkwright.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Gerald Quinn Jr. of Sunset Bay earned a degree in ceramic engineering from Alfred University. He also was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

The Chautauqua County Legislature has agreed to pay the estates of a Stockton mother and son killed in an accident in 1987 a total of $218,000. As part of settling that same lawsuit, insurance carriers for Murray Hose Co. 4 of Dunkirk and the Portland Volunteer Fire Department, will be paying out in excess of $3 million over a period of years. The tragedy occurred on Hartfield-Stockton Road on July 18, 1987. The fatal mishap led eventually to the end of the annual Firemen’s Gala Days in Stockton. It was there, in a beer tent operated by the two fire companies, the driver at fault had consumed several beers prior to the accident.

Thirty years ago – 1984

“The Water Street Journal” recently made its debut at Forestville Elementary School and will be published twice yearly with articles concerning school activities as well as original short stories and poems by students in kindergarten through sixth grade. The newspaper is an outgrowth of the new developmental writing program started this school year. Writing teacher Martha Burdick is coordinator of the publication.

Forty years ago – 1974

Joe Vacanti, who has operated a marina in Dunkirk for 20 years, announced today he may get out of the business due to losses in boat slip rentals, mainly due to rough water conditions in the Dunkirk Harbor.

Fifty years ago – 1964

An announcement by Cassadaga Valley High School named senior Gary Bulger as valedictorian of the Class of 1964.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

Police briefly handcuffed former Buffalo Bills star running back O.J. Simpson and questioned him for three hours after the bloodied bodies of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman, 25, were found outside her condominium early on June 13. Simpson denied involvement in the deaths, stating, “I know nothing.” Simpson was not arrested but at this time the football Hall of Famer is under investigation.

Thirty years ago – 1984

Plans are under way for the construction of a replica Victorian-era bandstand in the Silver Creek Village Square. Historical Center Curator Louis Pelletter hopes to build the bandstand totally through donations of labor, materials and funds from the community. The original bandstand, constructed in the early 1870s, was built without any tax dollars. It was torn down to make room for the fountain in 1939. This bandstand was the center of many entertaining evenings in the olden-days of Silver Creek. Everyone from local musicians to politicians used its stage-like platform to draw a crowd. Mr. Pelletter is in hopes that the bandstand can be used once again to provide summertime concerts in the park.

Forty years ago – 1974

Two Fredonia High School students, Holly Sheldon and Kevin Sedota, received scholarships for the summer music clinic during the Chautauqua County Music Teachers Association Festival at the Chautauqua Amphitheater.

Fifty years ago – 1964

The Dunkirk Harbor Lightning Fleet 311 Ice Breaker Regatta was held, with nearly 20 boats and crews participating.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

A store where so many people bought gifts that last forever is closing its doors for good. Holliday Jewelers, 35 East Main St., Fredonia is going out of business, owner/operator Marlene Holliday announced today. Her late husband Howard established the Fredonia business in July 1954 after moving from Albion where he had worked with his father, H.L., at the first Holliday Jewelers. Following his death in 1983, Mrs. Holliday took over the store’s operation assisted by longtime sales associates Nancy York and Marilyn Hall.

Thirty years ago – 1984

Law enforcement officers are calling the seizure on June 7 of three kilos of pure cocaine “the largest drug bust ever” in Chautauqua County. The cocaine was found in the trunk of a car in the eastbound lane of the New York State Thruway in the town of Portland. The car was operated by a Canadian man whose excessive speed (76 mph) attracted the attention of a state trooper on patrol. The three tightly wrapped packages of cocaine in the trunk, it was later learned, contained seven pounds of pure cocaine with an estimated street value of $2.1 million.

Forty years ago – 1974

Mayville resident William Parment, Democratic candidate for Congress from the 39th district, began a 250-mile walk which began at Dunkirk City Pier and was scheduled to concluded in Elmira at the end of July.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Former Silver Creek resident James Young was appointed as assistant professor in the education department of the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

Another chapter in the ongoing Dunkirk waterfront saga was opened when the owners of the Sheraton Harborfront Inn filed a State Supreme Court lawsuit seeking in excess of $6.6 million in damages for what it called a breach of contract by the city. The suit claims the city broke its obligation under a federal Urban Development Action Grant when it failed to force the plaza developer to complete its portion of the project.

Thirty years ago – 1984

The Daniel F. Anson Memorial Scholarship was recently established by local firemen and friends of the late fireman. A volunteer fireman for five years at Hose Co. No. 3, Anson had served 11 months as a paid fireman when he was electrocuted Aug. 8, 1979 while fighting an early morning garage fire. Apparently, there is no record of another city fireman killed in the line of duty. In awarding the annual scholarship, preference will be given to a graduating student at Dunkirk High School who plans a college career in fire fighting science and/or paramedical science. Either parent must be a paid or volunteer member of the City of Dunkirk Fire Department.

Forty years ago – 1974

Forestville Central School students Kristina Smith, Wendy Crowell, Christine Sager and Jill Ernst were winners at the state meeting of Future Homemakers of America, singing to the tune of “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”

Fifty years ago – 1964

Geo. H. Graf & Co. Inc., the “Complete Home Furnishers,” 319 Central Ave., Dunkirk recently held a sale in honor of its 66th birthday.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

Mark Gugino’s doubts about playing professional baseball are over. The 21-year-old Fredonia native has signed a contract with the Florida Marlins organization and was assigned to Elmira. Gugino, a junior outfielder at the University of South Carolina, had been selected by the Marlins in the 20th round of the amateur baseball draft in New York. The youngest of four siblings, Gugino graduated from Fredonia High School in 1991, where he set a record for stolen bases (66 of 66). At USC, he batted .325 with seven homers, 46 RBI and 30 stolen bases, which led the Southeast Conference. He is the son of Jim and Nancy Gugino.

Thirty years ago – 1984

R. Timothy Eades was awarded the Juris Doctor degree at the 133rd commencement of Union University, Albany Law School on June 2. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Eades, 144 Howard St., Fredonia. A 1975 Fredonia High School graduate, Mr. Eades graduated magna cum laude from SUNY Fredonia in 1979 and was an honors graduate of the State University of Albany where he received a master’s degree in public administration.

Forty years ago – 1974

Among the items on sale at an upcoming bargain blast at Twin Fair on Vineyard Drive in Dunkirk will be a $229 stereo system with a 200-watt amplifier, eight-track tape player, four-channel tape player, record player and four speakers.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Ralph Hubbell of WBEN will be the guest speaker at Brocton Central School’s first athletic banquet.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

Gowanda village residents came out in large numbers as they voted to keep the village police force. The results were 372 to 214 in favor of keeping the village police. More than 50 percent of the eligible voters turned out for this special election. By their vote, Gowanda residents have indicated they are willing to pay more in taxes to keep the village police force intact. The village board had expected to see a $39,725 annual savings by contracting with Cattaraugus County for police services.

Thirty years ago – 1984

Dunkirk Fourth Ward Councilman Timothy Stoyle angrily blasted what he called a “minority of workers” in the city’s department of public works who are loafing and drinking on the job and failing to respond to requests from city residents. Stoyle said he receives an average of three calls a day from residents complaining about city workers. In addition to reports of city workers drinking on the job, he has received reports of workers who show up for work at 7 a.m., but never actually start work until three hours later, or those who take extremely long breaks at all times during the day. “We can’t even get simple things done and I want to know why,” Stoyle said.

Forty years ago – 1974

The kindergarten classes at School 3 in Dunkirk made their stage debut in the original production of “Where the Wild Things Are.”

Fifty years ago – 1964

Sandra Dolce of Silver Creek graduated from Rosary Hill College in Buffalo with a bachelor of arts degree and earned the President’s Medal for outstanding leadership. She accepted a teaching position at Silver Creek Schools.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

Fredonia native Dianne Walsh Astry has been awarded the American Lung Association’s Award of Excellence at a conference held in Boston, Mass. The award recognized Walsh Astry’s development of the Health House Project in Minneapolis, Minn., in 1993, which has become a national model. Currently the national director of the Health House Project, she is the daughter of Margaret and John Walsh of Fredonia.

Thirty years ago – 1984

Members and supporters of the Hose Co. 1 Drum and Bugle Corps will see an abbreviated season this year and an abridged repertoire which will help to eliminate many hours of practice. This hopefully will encourage an increase in membership. Declining enrollment and a marked lack of interest shown by its members nearly forced the corps to disband last year. However, the efforts of its dedicated officers were rewarded when the corps was awarded first place at the Southwestern Firemen’s Convention Grand Parade in Cheektowaga.

Forty years ago – 1974

Monica Moore of Silver Creek is the June Calendar Girl of the Month in the OBSERVER.

Fifty years ago – 1964

James Strychalski of Dunkirk received a doctor of dental surgery degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He also was commissioned as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army and plans to enter active duty in the fall.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

Michelle Ossman, a fifth-grade student at School Six in Dunkirk, was the winner in a random drawing of essays and received the World Book Encyclopedia set contributed by World Book Educational Products. The essay topic was “Why Can’t We Just Get Along?” A total of 165 entries were received with every entrant receiving a copy of the new historical poster of Dunkirk.

Thirty years ago – 1984

Student of the Week is Tracy L. Reslink of 27 East Main St., Ripley. She is the daughter of Charles and Veronica Reslink. A senior at Ripley Central School, Tracy is a science and business major. She has served as captain of the cheerleaders, publicity agent for the Pep Club, yearbook editor and Student Council member. She also works in the school office.

Forty years ago – 1974

In an OBSERVER photo, Fredonia firemen Daniel Morrison and Thomas Fischer model the new and the former uniforms for the Fire Department’s Drum and Bugle Corps.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Rose Jaggie is the new cosmetician at Miller Drugs, located at 338 Central Ave., Dunkirk next to City Hall.

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Twenty years ago – 1994

On the 50th anniversary of D-Day, the OBSERVER’s front page from June 6, 1944 was used on the front of a special tab included with the paper. The headline reads, “American Army of Liberation Lands on Norman Coast.” In addition, reporter Bill Dill wrote an article called, “Local vets recall D-Day experiences,” which featured Ken Dill, Ed Pienta, Frank Rizzo, Frank Sammartino, Lawrence Williams, Howard Wallen, Herman Jakubiec and Art Lamb. One quote from Ken Dill stands out: “Before they started shelling, they told us that if we lasted until noon, we stood a 50-50 chance of getting out of there alive.”

Thirty years ago – 1984

Raymond Rushboldt has been named as valedictorian of the Class of 1984 at Dunkirk High School. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Rushboldt of Middle Road, he ranks first in his class of 213 seniors with a final average of 97.28. Ray has received academic awards in almost every academic area he has undertaken. He will attend SUNY Fredonia to pursue a career as a professor of political science. Salutatorian John Hutchinson is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Hutchinson of Swan Street. He will be the recipient of a Regents diploma with scientific endorsement and plans a career in economics or engineering. John will also attend Fredonia State.

Forty years ago – 1974

Mary Sullivan, Teril Lindquist, Benjamin Bennice, Michele Pulvino, Joseph Woloszyn, Susan Medley and Joan McMullen received awards for the Foot Health Week Poster Contest, sponsored by the Western Division of the Podiatry Society of New York.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Stanley Fedyszyn Jr., 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Fedyszyn, 327 Lake Shore Drive East, Dunkirk has been invited to serve as guest director for the summer season at the Marjorie Lyons Theater Center in Shreveport, La.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1994

The Lake Shore Health Care Center Auxiliary recognized a local Silver Creek business at their annual installation banquet. Foliage House Florist was named 1994 Business of the Year by the organization for its consistent and generous support of Auxiliary projects and activities over the years. Owner Lu Czarnecki was present with family members and accepted the award which was presented by LSHCC Auxiliary director Beverly Nappo.

Thirty years ago – 1984

Dunkirk High lost to Alden 7-5 in the Class B-1 baseball title game under the lights of Hillis Field. The loss not only ended Dunkirk’s season at 20-3, but it also marked the end of Al Stuhlmiller’s coaching career after 28 seasons. He announced his retirement from coaching immediately after the game.

Forty years ago – 1974

Walt Patulski, a defensive end for the Buffalo Bills, will be the guest speaker at the 10th annual M&T and Silver Creek Schools sports night at the junior-senior high school.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Dixie Eccles, daughter of Mrs. Lois Anderson of Sinclairville and a senior at Cassadaga Valley Central School, has been awarded a scholarship by the New York State Association of the Future Homemakers of America.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1994

A dubious record is being tied today at the New York state Capitol – the nation’s highest paid state Legislature has gone as late into the year as it ever has without adopting a budget. It is the 10th straight year that Gov. Mario Cuomo, seeking a fourth term this November, and the Legislature have failed to produce an on-time budget. State Sen. George Pataki, the Republican candidate for governor, called it a disgrace. “Not only is it the latest ever, but again it’s being hatched behind closed doors.”

Thirty years ago – 1984

Debbie Lynn Willson, 18, daughter of Frank and Mary Willson, Bradigan Road, Forestville has been named Calendar Girl for June at Forestville Central School. A senior, she has served her class as secretary and president. She received the Hugh O’Brien Youth Foundation Outstanding Sophomore Award and was named Miss Congeniality at the Silver Creek Festival of Grapes Pageant. Debbie plans to attend Mohawk Community College in the fall and hopes to be a television news broadcaster.

Forty years ago – 1974

A new, two-tiered concrete platform has been constructed near the monument at Memorial Park in Dunkirk and is ready to be used. The platform features space for 200 folding chairs and three flagpoles.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Maureen Anne Winterberger has been named the valedictorian at Forestville Central School.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1994

Jon Raymond, the son of Glenn “Jack” and Sue Raymond, is this year’s valedictorian for Brocton Central School. He was nominated as a Congressional Scholar and appears in Who’s Who Among American High School Students. Jon plans to attend the University of Rochester to major in biology. Salutatorian Jeffrey Tayar is the son of Fayez and Dawn Tayar, Fuller Road, Portland. A Boys State representative, he received a Navy Honors Award. Jeffrey will be attending SUNY Fredonia this fall.

Thirty years ago – 1984

The Pilgrim Degree, the highest degree in the Loyal Order of the Moose, was accepted by Raymond Abramowicz, 229 Townsend St., on Sunday in the House of God in Mooseheart, Ill. He also attended the National Moose Convention in Chicago. A life member of the lodge, he has held all offices during the past 12 years, in addition to serving as District 2 president. In the history of Dunkirk Moose Lodge 89, this is only the second time this award has been given for outstanding achievements in the organization. The first award was presented in 1962.

Forty years ago – 1974

A dinner, including a 16-oz. T-bone steak, is just $2.95 at the White Inn in Fredonia.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Miss Rita Stonefoot, 17, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Stonefoot of East Main Road, Fredonia will represent Fredonia Fire Department in the annual Stockton Gala Days beauty contest.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1994

Dunkirk High School’s Jeff Kubasik was crowned king and Darcy Lyford was crowned queen at the 1994 prom, “We’ve Got Tonight,” which was held recently at the Campus Center at Fredonia State University College. A total of 115 students signed up for the post-prom party at Molly World, followed by a breakfast and bonfire sponsored by the Dunkirk PTO.

Thirty years ago – 1984

There were 14 years but only 1:16 between the top two finishers of the recent Bill Bergey Scholarship Fund Run. The 10K race through the streets and countryside of South Dayton drew 86 entries, raising money for the scholarship in honor of the former National Football League linebacker. Mike Maycock of Fredonia won the third annual event in a time of 32:29, with 38-year-old Hector Bauza of Portland second in 33:45.

Forty years ago – 1974

Pro Wrestling TV stars Frenchie Robert and Godfather No. 1, and Count Verti and Tony Simon are scheduled to appear at Floral Hall at the fairgrounds in Dunkirk.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Daniel J. Foley, manager of the G.C. Murphy Store in Fredonia, Miss Grace Diate and Miss Elizabeth McGan have returned after attending the 24th annual reunion of the veteran employees of the Murphy Company in Pittsburgh.

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