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Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1995

The village of Brocton is one of 17 communities selected to receive a historic preservation grant to assist in securing a position in the State and National Register of Historic Places. The $2,500 grant is funded by the Rural New York grant program and will assist the village in hiring Bero Associates of Rochester to complete a research project on the famous double-spanned steel arch that stands over the intersection of Lake Road and Main Street. The Preservation League of New York selected just 17 out of 249 applicants for the grants.

Thirty years ago – 1985

From Just Between Us ……Emma (Stifler) Bishop of Maplewood, N.J., a former resident of Westfield and a 1955 graduate of Westfield Academy and Central School, returned to her hometown for the weekend and attended her class reunion. Mrs. Bishop, a Radio City Music Hall Rockette from 1957-60, is currently president of the Rockette Alumni Association. Mrs. Bishop still teaches dance and is employed by the Rockefeller Arts Center in New York City.

Forty years ago – 1975

A People in Profile features June Kirell of Plover Street, Dunkirk who is the coordinator for Goodwill Industries in the Dunkirk-Fredonia area.

Pictured is the 42-member “de Cycles” bicycling group which stopped at Memorial Park in Dunkirk during their 3,500-mile trek which originated in Hartford City, Ind.

Fifty years ago – 1965

The first grant of $194,478 in federal funds has been approved for the survey and planning of Dunkirk’s proposed urban renewal project.

The Dunkirk Recreation Commission recently opened its new youth center at 72 E. Fourth St.

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Twenty years ago – 1995

Cassadaga resident Sally Lawson’s 15-year involvement with the Cassadaga Cub Scout Pack 219 was recently recognized at the 77th Annual New York American Legion Convention held in Rochester. At this event, Mrs. Lawson was honored by being selected as the Eighth District American Legion Adult Scouter of the Year. The eighth district takes in the eight Western New York counties. Cassadaga Pack 219 is sponsored by the Cassadaga American Legion Memorial Post 1280. Mrs. Lawson’s work with the Cub Scout program covers a wide range of activities from den leader to her current position as co-chairman of the Chauterie District.

Thirty years ago – 1985

Elizabeth K. Walldorff, formerly of Dunkirk and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry G. Walldorff of Temple Road, Dunkirk was recently selected as editor of Four-County Agricultural News, a Central New York agricultural publication. The News is a joint effort by the Cooperative Extension Associations of Cayuga, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego counties. It has a circulation of about 4,000 and reaches a varied agricultural and professional readership. Ms. Walldorff is a cooperative extension agricultural agent in Madison County.

Forty years ago – 1975

The 65th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Newton Sr. of Silver Creek was observed July 27 with an open house at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Joseph Alfonso.

Pictured are 26 brave area residents who volunteered to lie down on the track in front of the grandstand at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds as a motorcycle flew over them.

Fifty years ago – 1965

N.E. Himebaugh’s Sewing Center, 329 Main Street, Dunkirk is celebrating the grand opening of their new yard goods, pattern and knitting departments.

Gov. Rockefeller has signed a bill making it legal for the city of Dunkirk to appoint a city engineer, a post which previously was elective.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1995

The Silver Creek Village Board put to rest a “malicious and vicious” rumor concerning the closing of the police department. “Those are, in fact, rumors and they are completed unfounded,” said Mayor Vince Tampio. “Someone is throwing rocks at us. Please believe me, there is nothing to this. Trustee Dorothy Mangano, upon hearing the rumor, said, “I would be the first to oppose it.” Trustee Rick Taaffe commented, “I think that if you look around the Chautauqua area, there aren’t many areas that have a strong police force and we are fortunate that we do.”

Thirty years ago – 1985

A student pilot on her first solo flight made what was termed a “near perfect” emergency landing at Dunkirk airport after the nose wheel on her single-engine plane broke and fell off during an earlier landing attempt. Lydia Romer of Sheridan, an attorney with the law firm of Brandt & Laughlin, successfully landed the plane on Runway 6 while emergency vehicles stood by on both sides of the runway. She was not injured and the plane sustained only minor damage, according to John Nalbone Sr., her flight instructor and the fixed base operator at the airport. Ms. Romer has been receiving flight lessons for about four months.

Forty years ago – 1975

With the help of a grant, BOCES is producing a 60-minute documentary on county fairs, which is being shot on location at three different county fairs.

St. Joseph’s School for Exceptional Children on Bennett Road, Dunkirk is one of the recipients of a $60,000 bequest by John B. Schultz, a retired contractor who died on Sept. 4, 1974.

Fifty years ago – 1965

Pictured is a Monza Junior, a miniature car which will be given away to some lucky boy or girl during the Joie Chitwood auto thrill show at the Chautauqua County Fair.

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Twenty years ago – 1995

A proposed tire recycling plant, with the possibility of 80 new jobs introduced to the Silver Creek area, was announced at a recent Silver Creek Village Board meeting. Thermo Systems Inc. of Missouri is proposing a recycling plant be located outside of the village on Route 5, toward the Dunkirk area and are looking at an existing building which they plan to refurbish. Tires would be stored inside the building and the plant would be capable of recycling 10,000 to 20,000 tires a day. The plant could bring $500,000 a year, or possibly more, to the area.

Thirty years ago – 1985

Roller skating is a new addition to the Chautauqua County Fair Mini-Stage for 1985 and featured skaters will include Shelly Odebralski and her partner, Joe Adamowicz. They will be among 15 skaters performing on the outdoor stage at the rear of Floral Hall. With Fabian Mollnar of Angola, the arena pro, they and other costumed skaters will demonstrate free style skating (singles) and dance skating (couples), the latter to include waltz, tango and marches. A “first for the Fair” the skaters will be presented through the courtesy of the Dunkirk Roll Arena and owners John and Mary Ann Odebralski of Warsaw Street, Dunkirk.

Forty years ago – 1975

The Rev. and Mrs. Jack T. Ziegler and daughters, Carol and Tricia, will be leaving the Dunkirk area soon to take up residence in Elmira, where Rev. Ziegler will serve as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church.

Don Campbell captured each and every class of the beef cattle showing at the 1975 Chautauqua County Fair, with the exception of the junior champion bull shown by Clymer’s Vince Legters.

Fifty years ago – 1965

The annual 4-H style review was held at Fredonia High School, with its theme “My Fair Lassies,” at take-off on the movie, “My Fair Lady.”

A 1959 station wagon belonging to Barbara Barone, which was stolen in Dunkirk, was found burned at Route 380 and Frances Road in the town of Stockton, in what may be a case of arson.

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Twenty years ago – 1995

For more than a year, the North County Office Building Subcommittee, consisting of James Rizzo, Charles Porpiglia and Madylon Kubera, has been searching for a suitable building to house under one roof the county offices in Dunkirk. The committee has now recommended three options in order of preference: construct a new building; purchase the Sidey’s Building at the D&F Plaza, or purchase the Cardinal Mindszenty School Building on Central Avenue. The county currently leases office space at four different sites in Dunkirk at a cost of $134,819 a year in rent. Several other sites were investigated throughout the area, including the Graf and Masonic buildings on Central Avenue, sites in Silver Creek and even the county fairgrounds.

Thirty years ago – 1985

The 1981-82 Fredonia Junior Miss, Jill Privateer of Fredonia, is the newly crowned Miss New York State. Her prizes include a $2,000 scholarship, $1,000 wardrobe and a trip to Atlantic City for the Miss America Pageant on Sept. 13. The Fredonia woman will be the first local beauty to compete in the Miss America Pageant. Some winners of the now defunct Miss Dunkirk-Fredonia Pageant went on to become Miss New York State, but they were not permanent residents. Jill represented Buffalo in the state pageant.

Forty years ago – 1975

Among the donations received by the Darwin Barker Library is a micro reader, given by Mrs. M.A. Garland in memory of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur R. Maytum.

An OBSERVER photo shows Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Newman of Dunkirk and their 3-year-old daughter Lynn as they stroll around the county fairgrounds.

Fifty years ago – 1965

Mr. and Mrs. Henry O. Naetzker, 933 Swan St., Dunkirk celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on July 19 with an open house at their residence.

Golf’s most exciting personality – Paul Hahn, a trick-shot artist – will present his full one-hour routine at Shorewood Country Club.

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Twenty years ago – 1995

The board of directors of the Fredonia Chamber of Commerce presented a Spirit of Fredonia Award to the Rev. Douglas and Mrs. Judy Knopp. The Rev. Knopp is the former pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Fredonia. He recently became pastor of the same church in Jamestown. Rev. Knopp had served as president of the Dunkirk-Fredonia Clergy Association and helped start the interdenominational baccalaureate service for graduating high school students. Mrs. Knopp has distinguished herself as a counselor and an advocate for at-risk students.

Thirty years ago – 1985

AL Tech Specialty Steel Corp. is one of six specialty steel companies rushing delivery of an additional 10,000 pounds of stainless steel bars to assure full replacement on schedule of the complex iron armature which supports the copper exterior of the Statue of Liberty, now undergoing restoration for her 100th birthday on July 4, 1986. The industry plans to deliver the stainless steel in August to meet the tight schedule needed to complete the restoration project on time. More than 40,000 pounds of stainless steel were contributed a year ago by the stainless steel industry. Said contributions are valued at more than $175,000.

Forty years ago – 1975

The Dunkirk Republicans apparently will not endorse a candidate to oppose County Legislator Chester Tarnowski in this year’s election. Mr. Tarnowski, a Democrat, won election in 1973 by 2,000 votes, the largest plurality of any candidate in the city.

Howard W. Shickler of Fredonia will retire July 31 after 45 years with the Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation and will be succeeded by Ralph L. Richmond as general manager of the Lake Shore area of Niagara Mohawk, with headquarters in Dunkirk.

Fifty years ago – 1965

Pictured is the old District No. 2 schoolhouse at the Stockton-Glasgow roads intersection as it appeared in 1910. Among the schoolchildren shown with teacher Charlotte Hilton are Frank, Mary and Anna Mangus; Ethel, Louis and Jessie Schultz; Gertrude and William Webb; and Martha Salhoff.

Bas Mitzvah ceremonies were held at Temple Beth El in Dunkirk for Carol Glaberman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Saul Glaberman of Lowell Place, Fredonia and Pamela Ballotin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Ballotin, also of Lowell Place.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1995

Jennifer Vara Hallquist graduated May 20 from St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana. She earned a bachelor of arts degree with a double major in English literature and English writing. Jennifer has had fiction and poetry published in St. Mary’s publications. Her senior project was a novella concerning Polish immigration and heritage. She is residing in Calumet City, Illinois. Jennifer is the daughter of Ronald Hallquist of Dunkirk and Rody Schoener-Albach of Brocton.

Thirty years ago – 1985

The North Collins Central School Marching Eagles had the winningest season in their history, bringing hom 10 trophies, including eight first-place awards. Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Benson are band and color guard directors, respectively, and Diane Hachten is rifle instructor. The group performed in Springville, Batavia, Sherburne and Mt. Morris. One of the outstanding accomplishments by the concert band was earning the highest overall score at Sherburne, topping all 40 bands in concert competition. More than 30 percent of the students enrolled in grades 9-12 at North Collins Central School are members of the band.

Forty years ago – 1975

A 95-man crew is laying new tracks required for the Amtrak passenger service which is scheduled to begin through Dunkirk in September.

Pictured is an aerial view of the new Dunkirk city sewage treatment plant near Wright Park, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new plant scheduled in the fall.

Fifty years ago – 1965

A “Do You Remember?” photo shows two new Ahrens-Fox pumpers which the city of Dunkirk obtained in July 1923 at a cost of $23,000 each.

President Lyndon Johnson announced that Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Goldberg will succeed the late Adlai E. Stevenson as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1995

An investigation is continuing into a blaze early yesterday morning at the corner of Roberts Road and Tenney Street. East Town of Dunkirk fire officials are looking for the cause of the fire that occurred around 4:45 a.m. in the vacant house. Meanwhile, police and fire officials in the city of Dunkirk are investigating a rash of arson-related fires in that area. Several trash, brush and structure fires have been set in the Fourth Ward area in recent weeks, including a fire at 230 Lord Street that damaged the rear of the home. It was set around 3:30 a.m.

Thirty years ago – 1985

“A tremendous day for the city of Dunkirk.” That is how Councilman-at-Large William Schlichter described that ground-breaking ceremony for the city’s harborfront redevelopment project. The event took place July 23 when 50 dignitaries gathered under an intense afternoon sun to mark the start of construction on the first phase of the project which includes a new 1,450-foot lakewall and the dredging of the inner harbor to make way for a new marina. Mayor Edwin Gregoreski pointed out that the project is ultimately expected to create 400 to 600 permanent new jobs and will result in the “renaissance” of Dunkirk.

Forty years ago – 1975

Recently retired as short order cook at Rusch’s Restaurant (a position he held for 28 years), John H. Jagoda was honored at a recent retirement dinner.

A public meeting on a proposed $4.6 million small-boat harbor will be conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Dunkirk High School Auditorium.

Fifty years ago – 1965

A Fredonia man, Harold Rupp of 32 Clinton Ave., and his hobby – working with elephants – are featured in a story in the current issue of “Echo,” the Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp. monthly publication.

Fredonia Grange No. 1 favors and proposes a public swimming pool or pools for the village of Fredonia as a long-range program under community progress.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1995

Cassadaga Job Corps Center representatives recently presented two solid oak magazine racks to the Cassadaga Branch Library. The magazine racks were made by Job Corps students using materials purchased by the Cassadaga Branch Library with funds donated to the memory of Helen Schauman, who was instrumental in getting the new library built and had served as its librarian until her death from cancer.

Thirty years ago – 1985

After delivering around 6,000 babies during his years in the medical field, Dr. Charles B. Mosher of Greencrest has retired and now has plenty of time to walk on the beach of Lake Erie with his dog, Toni, and enjoy a good cigar – his trademark El Producto Corona. Dr. Mosher was born at Brooks Hospital in 1916 and grew up in the house at 523 Central Ave., where the Dunkirk hospital’s parking lot is now located. He recalled that during the post-World War II period, more than 800 babies a year were delivered at Brooks. Dr. Mosher practiced obstetrics until 1976, when he switched to the less time-consuming field of anesthesiology.

Forty years ago – 1975

City Engineer William Larson has charged that the Dunkirk Common Council is overriding his authority and ignoring the city charter by ordering him to conduct weekly bulk pickups in the city, or resign.

Several residents of Gardner Street in Fredonia addressed the village board about the livestock (horses, cows, ducks and a pig) being kept on the property of Leslie Campbell at 131 Gardner.

Fifty years ago – 1965

A hole-in-one was scored by Donald Aikin on the par 3 No. 6 hole at Shorewood Country Club during a two-ball foursome attended by 35 couples?

In a scientific breakthrough, U.S. scientists produced the first close-up photograph of Mars, showing a bright desert area known as Elysium and the edge of the planet encompassing about 200 miles.

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Twenty years ago – 1995

The front of the Fredonia Village Hall may soon have a special memorial flagpole. Mayor Frank Pagano is seeking permission from the Fredonia Village Board for him to fund the whole cost of erecting a 25-foot pole and laying a dedication plaque at its base. Mayor Pagano envisions having a pole placed in the landscaped area between the Cushing monument and the village building. He would also provide the flag and along with his brother, Joseph, would have the plaque inscribed with a dated dedication to their parents, Frank “Chick” and Jennie Pagano, both of whom died within the last year.

Thirty years ago – 1985

Debbie Cieplinski was recently crowned Miss Murray Hose Co. No. 4 for the year 1985 by chairman Louis Ziegler. The daughter of Mrs. Robert Tworek and James Cieplinski, both of Dunkirk, she will represent Hose 4 at the Chautauqua County Volunteer Firemen’s Queen Contest held in conjunction with the Stockton Gala Days.

Forty years ago – 1975

Robert Peterson, 70, the police chief in Westfield for 20 years before retiring in 1967, died July 15 following a three-month illness.

Mrs. Robert R. Dew Sr. of Dunkirk will again serve as general chairman of the women’s activities department at the Chautauqua County Fair, with Mrs. Lyman Seyboldt, also of Dunkirk, the general superintendent.

Fifty years ago – 1965

Construction has begun on Howard Street for Dunkirk’s first conveyorized automatic car wash to be known as Central Car Wash.

More than 75 percent of the graduates in Cardinal Mindszenty’s Class of 1965 plan to further their education this fall, according to the Rev. Joseph Wroblewski, principal.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1995

When rumors surfaced regarding Mike Tofil’s future as the director of the First Ward Falcon Fast-Pitch Tournament, and the future of the tournament itself, Mr. Tofil’s response to OBSERVER sports reporter Jerry Reilly was, “Rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated. I won’t let the tournament die. Twenty years is too much of an investment and I still enjoy it. I’m not just going to walk away from it.” He has been the tournament’s sole director since its inception. Mr. Tofil has also pitched for the Falcon Club in each of the 20 tournaments. And he is also called upon each year to settle disputes over which pitches are and which are not legal.

Thirty years ago – 1985

Mildred Testrake of Ripley, the mother of former hostage John Testrake, the pilot of hijacked Trans World Airlines Flight 847, hopes to see her son at a family reunion this month. Mrs. Testrake, 80, received a call from her son in West Germany, informing her that he hopes to be in Ripley by the weekend for the 40th reunion of his high school class and a family reunion. “John said it was rough for him, because their hopes were up and down and they didn’t know when they were going to be freed,” Mrs. Testrake explained. She added that her son told her the only people he talked to during the time he was held on the hijacked TWA plane at Beirut Airport were his captors.

Forty years ago – 1975

Pictured is the Shoreline factory-built home which arrived in two sections and was placed on its foundation at 61 Point Drive North, Dunkirk, by a huge crane. A grand opening is scheduled for the three-bedroom house, which sells for about $29,900.

Saturdays have been big days recently in the Don Reinhoudt gym on Temple Street in Fredonia as four Buffalo Bills – Jeff Winans, Paul Seymour, Mike Kadish and Bruce Jarvis – have requested the expertise of the world champion powerlifter to help them improve their leg and body strength.

Fifty years ago – 1965

A 53-foot motor sailing boat with three men and a woman aboard was saved from possible serious damage when it was pulled from rocks it had run aground on, slightly west of Shorewood Country Club, by Joseph Vacanti of Dunkirk and his high-powered rescue boat.

Dr. Clayton L. Akin has resigned as superintendent of the Fredonia Central School District, effective Sept. 1. He will be replaced by Rocco R. Doino, the current high school principal and assistant superintendent.

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Twenty years ago – 1995

Richard Eimers, a 1995 Ripley Central School graduate, was the first-place winner of the national Talents for Christ contest, sponsored by the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches. After previously being selected as the New York State winner, he competed against other state winners from across the country. Richard is a member of the Ripley Baptist Church and has been the featured soloist at many concerts there as well as many other area churches. He is the son of Richard and Stephanie Eimers. The contest required two prepared selections performed from memory.

Thirty years ago – 1985

The 25th anniversary of the ordination to the priesthood of the Rev. Richard S. Amico was celebrated on July 1 at Holy Trinity Church. The Most Rev. Donald W. Trautman, newly installed auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, made his first trip to Dunkirk as a friend of Father Amico. The two-hour anniversary Mass included a homily on “Love – its meaning and effect on people and on life.” At the time of his appointment as pastor of Holy Trinity Church 11 years ago, Father Amico was 38 years old – the youngest pastor in the diocese.

Forty years ago – 1975

Protests are being made against the state’s proposed closing of the Perrysburg unit of the J.N. Adam Developmental Center.

Chautauqua Lake’s ancient and shaky ferry between Stow and Bemus Point may be replaced by a modern double-barge system by the beginning of next season, according to Chautauqua County Executive Joseph Gerace.

Fifty years ago – 1965

Armed with a $10,500 government grant for beautification purposes, the village of Fredonia and town of Pomfret have embarked on a program that will develop a new park on Glasgow Road near Cassadaga.

U.N. Ambassador Adlai E. Stephenson, 65, collapsed and died of a heart attack July 14 while walking down a street in London, England.

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Twenty years ago – 1995

In May, Dunkirk resident Vincent Rossotto was awarded the New York State Conspicuous Cross medal accompanied by a special certificate from the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs and signed by Gov. George Pataki. Mr. Rossotto learned he was eligible for the award 24 years after serving with the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War from September 1971 to April 1972. The medal is given to military personnel who distinguished themselves with exceptionally meritorious service in support of military operations against communist aggression in the Republic of Vietnam. Confined to a wheelchair 18 years ago due to an auto accident, Mr. Rossotto devotes time to veterans’ causes.

Thirty years ago – 1985

For the second consecutive year, 16-year-old Jennifer Osborne of Cottage Road, South Dayton will represent the Triple “C” 4-H Club of South Dayton at the State Fair in Syracuse as a clown. She portrays the “Augeste” clown, the happy clown who likes to make kids laugh. Jen also performs for the patients at the J.N. Adam Developmental Center in Perrysburg, at school parties, and at the Sophomore Carnival at Gowanda Central School where she is a student. She admits that it takes hard work to become a good clown and her main reason for being one is that she likes to see people smile.

Forty years ago – 1975

The Chautauqua County Humane Society, based in Falconer, plans to study figures to determine the feasibility of taking in animals from the northern end of the county.

Much history has passed under Brocton’s arch since it was erected 62 years ago, but it stands today as a village landmark, newly decked in patriotic colors as a salute to America’s Bicentennial.

Fifty years ago – 1965

In a gesture of gratitude, Fredonia school teacher Bertha Russo presented Roswell Institute in Buffalo with a $2,000 research microscope.

Scotty’s Lumber Co., a discount operation selling lumber, ceiling tiles, paint, paneling, plywood and flooring, is now open for business at 183 Prospect St., Fredonia.

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Twenty years ago – 1995

Jeffrey D. Menoff, DDS, director of the Tri-County Dental Clinic, Gowanda received the Western New York Developmental Disabilities Day award recently, recognizing his contributions in the field of special care dentistry. Dr. Menoff was selected from nominations from throughout Western New York as a professional who has taken steps to provide accessible, integrated services to people with developmental disabilities. He is the first in the community professional category to receive this appreciation award.

Thirty years ago – 1985

Roblin Industries Inc., a manufacturer of special quality steel with operations in Dunkirk, North Tonawanda and Lackawanna, announced that it has filed a petition under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the Federal Bankruptcy Court in Buffalo. Daniel A. Roblin Jr., president of the company, stated, “Due to the continued onslaught of imported steel and ever-increasing imports of products made from steel bars, the company has found it necessary to file for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. This has not been an easy or comfortable decision. We have fought against it for over three and one half years. The company reported an $818,000 loss for the first quarter of 1985 and has not shown a profit since 1979. Roblin added that the company saw a steel production cost reduction of $65 per ton during 1984.

Forty years ago – 1975

Sister Mary Clarette, principal of St. Hyacinth’s School for the past six years, will leave in August to assume her duties as director of the Immaculate Heart of Mary House in Buffalo.

John J. Warren, a 29-year veteran of the Dunkirk Police Department and former city police chief, died July 9 in Ormond Beach, Fla., at the age of 79.

Fifty years ago – 1965

The Capitol Theater in Dunkirk has reopened with new carpeting and a redecorated interior, although the balcony has been closed off, according to owner Dalton Burgett.

The State Education Department has notified Our Lady of Lourdes Seminary in Cassadaga of its admittance to the University of the State of New York as a four-year high school.

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Twenty years ago – 1995

The largest bird in the word has been seen popping up on farms across the East Coast and particularly Chautauqua County as a growing cash “crop.” Ostrich farming is now the fastest growing alternative agricultural/livestock business as the ostrich can provide a stable cash return for the farmer. Several months ago, Dick and Jane Sager and JoAnn White went into the ostrich farming business on the Sager’s County Line Road farm in Forestville. There are about 20 farms just in Chautauqua County that raise ostriches – some as the mainstay of the farm while others raise the birds to diversify their farming outfits. Mr. Sager said he had been in the beef business for many years, but gave it up for ostrich farming which is far less work than raising cows. He added that ostrich meat looks and tastes like beef but is very high in protein and low in cholesterol.

Thirty years ago – 1985

Chautauqua County Senior Citizens Doris LoManto of Silver Creek and Rose Gibson of Dunkirk have received Achievement Awards from the New York State Senate and Assembly Standing Committees on Aging “for outstanding effort and dedication to the task of improving the quality of life for New York State Senior Citizens.” Doris is manager of the Silver Creek Senior Luncheon Site and president of the Silver Creek Senior Social Group. Rose is employed as a senior aide in the Dunkirk area and was last year’s recipient of the Good Neighbor Award.

Forty years ago – 1975

The Dunkirk Planning Board was asked to study the feasibility of using a portion of the city’s community development grant for a day care center.

The city of Dunkirk plans to install a 20-inch water main in Benton Street between Franklin and Maple avenues as an initial step toward solving the low water pressure problems in Dunkirk’s Fourth Ward.

Fifty years ago – 1965

Pictured in a “Do You Remember?” photo is the 1946 teardown of the Nelson Opera House which was located at the southeast corner of Lake Shore Drive and Central Avenue in Dunkirk.

St. John’s United Church of Christ observed the burning of the mortgage on its recently completed parsonage at 728 Eagle St., Dunkirk in a service led by the pastor, the Rev. James Doellefeld.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1995

A logo has been created by a special committee working toward convincing Amtrak officials to include a stop in Dunkirk on its Chicago-New York run. The logo, designed by Thomas E. Malinoski, director of communication services at Fredonia State University College, is reminiscent of the kinds of train tickets that were issued when passenger trains once stopped in Dunkirk. It displays the slogan, “Back on Track.” The Back on Track committee recently presented Amtrak officials with a stack of letters and petitions documenting the area’s enthusiasm for a local train stop.

Thirty years ago – 1985

The rededication of the Dunkirk Lighthouse took place July 1. Following a parade, it was rededicated as the Chautauqua County Armed Forces Memorial Park. After 110 years of service, the lighthouse was turned over to the Chautauqua County Memorial Park Corp., which will now be responsible for its maintenance by the Coast Guard. Corporation President Dick Lawson estimated more than 2,500 people were on the grounds that weekend. The Coast Guard was presented with plaques and swords crafted from pilings recently removed that had been in Dunkirk Harbor for over 200 years. Dunkirk Mayor Edwin Gregoreski presented the key to the city to Mr. Lawson and told him that he had “started a new page in the history of Dunkirk.”

Forty years ago – 1975

The Dunkirk Common Council is expected to approve the opening of a new street to serve a proposed housing development at Point Gratiot.

John A. Woloszyn, who was first elected Fourth Ward councilman in 1971, announced today that he will not seek re-election.

Fifty years ago – 1965

A vacant two-family house at 323-325 Swan St., Dunkirk was the subject of numerous complaints at the recent Common Council meeting, with wild stray cats that live there being named the major problem.

A new music store, Pennbeck Music Service Inc., opened its doors in the Russo Building in Fredonia with Lee Frayer as owner and manager.

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Twenty years ago – 1995

Dunkirk Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 89 was named the Moose International Shining Star Community Service Lodge of the Year for 1995. The lodge just missed winning the award last year as the runner-up in its second consecutive year placing in the top five. More than 2,100 lodges vie annually for this award begun in 1989. The Dunkirk Moose was the smallest lodge in the final running for the award, which included others from Syracuse, Virginia and California. The biggest thing about this year’s award is that the winner comes from a small town. The Dunkirk lodge has 1,900 members while the total Moose membership exceeds two million.

Thirty years ago – 1985

When the 39 American hostages released by Lebanese Shiite Moslems on July 1 arrived at US Rheim-Main Air Base near Frankfurt, Germany, two Dunkirk men, Joseph W. Gullo Sr. and Donald Tramuto, were among the people cheering their arrival. In a telephone call home, Mr. Tramuto said, “Although security was tight, we were close enough to get a good look at their faces. They looked well, but tired. We saw them transferred to the bus taking them to the Lindsay Air Force Hospital in Wiesbaden. It was a very emotional experience.” Among those freed was Capt. John Testrake, a Ripley native, who was the pilot for TWA Flight 847 that was hijacked on June 14.

Forty years ago – 1975

The Rev. Edward Synowiak, pastor of St. Hedwig’s Church in Dunkirk, recently released plans for the building of a projected $185,000 all-purpose social center on Townsend Street to include an auditorium, four classrooms, a kitchen and shower facilities.

Jose Rosario, a leader of Dunkirk’s Hispanic community and a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee, recently charged that the city building inspector’s office practices favoritism in citing violators of city codes and ordinances.

Fifty years ago – 1965

Legal action may be instituted by the city of Dunkirk against persons who insist on throwing grass, leaves, brush and other materials into street gutters which cause trouble in sewer systems by plugging up receivers and sewer lines, resulting in flooding.

Thirty-four students and four adults traveled by chartered bus to New York City where the boys and girls, members of the Silver Creek Central School Choralaires, performed at the World’s Fair on July 2.

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Twenty years ago – 1995

Saving lives was the primary purpose of raising the legal drinking age in New York from 19 to 21. Ten years later, supporters say the proof of its success is in the numbers. Tom Apple, head of communications for the state Department of Motor Vehicles, said the sharp decline in the amount of alcohol-related deaths following the increase in the drinking age from 18 to 19 in 1983, and from 19 to 21 in 1985, is an indication that law has worked as intended. The DMV reports a 77 percent drop in alcohol-related deaths involving people under 21 during an 11-year period beginning in 1982. A total of 219 casualties were reported among those under 21 involved in alcohol-related crashes on New York State roads in 1982. The number of fatalities dropped to 130 in 1985 and was down to 50 in 1993.

Thirty years ago – 1985

A new business has opened in the town of Ripley. H&S NY Warehouse, a division of H&S Manufacturing Co. of Marshfield, Wis., recently started operations and currently employs four people, two of whom are Ripley residents. The new business assembles farm equipment which is sent out for distribution throughout many states. The operation is located on a 5.7-acre site located at the intersection of Route 5 and Route 76. Construction of the facility took four months to complete. Presently, the business is assembling manure spreaders, bale throw racks, self unloading forage boxes and slant bar feeders.

Forty years ago – 1975

By proclamation of the Rt. Rev. Harold Robinson, Episcopal bishop of Western New York, Sunday was declared Genevieve White Emmott Day at Trinity Episcopal Church in Fredonia, where she has served as organist for the past 50 years. The Rev. Lawrence Schuster, pastor, led the tribute.

The family of the late Grace Fafinski, a nurse at Brooks Hospital for 45 years, recently presented the surgical nursing team with two “pocket pager” devices which allow them to be “on-call” 24 hours a day.

Fifty years ago – 1965

Pictured is the former Judge John Lambert home and property at 17 Central Ave., Fredonia. The landmark was recently sold to Arthur Martinson, who presently resides there and plans to renovate the apartments.

The fourth American Field Service student to come to Fredonia for a year’s stay is expected to arrive Aug. 1 when 17-year-old Kimio Bessho of Mie-ken, Japan takes up residence with Dr. and Mrs. Homer Garretson of 28 Curtis Place.

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Twenty years ago – 1995

Three grand openings of new area businesses were held recently. “Pet Place,” formerly P.J. Pets, is now in business at 364 W. Main St., Fredonia. Janet Palmer and Gary Dolce are the owners. A full line of pet foods and accessories plus boarding and grooming are featured. The Auto Spa, a full-service auto and detail shop at 112 E. Main St., Fredonia is owned by Deb and Frank Bielat and offers complete auto detailing as well as a full line of auto stereos and security systems. The Lake County Dairy at Routes 60 and 20 is a new business as well and is managed by Karen Johnson. Sue Ticknor was the grand prize winner of a 15-speed mountain bike during the store’s grand opening.

Thirty years ago – 1985

At the end of the school year in June, Holy Spirit School in North Collins closed its doors forever after 26 years of existence. Diocese of Buffalo officials explained that it was necessary to close Holy Spirit and four Buffalo schools this year because of low attendance figures and a monetary drain on the parish. Three Felician nuns and two lay teachers taught 55 students in kindergarten through sixth grade in 1984-85. Principal Sister Mary Solane and the other nuns will be transferred by the Diocese of Buffalo. The lay teachers and janitor are out of a job with the school’s closing.

Forty years ago – 1975

Harry W. Olsen Sr., of Overheiser Road, Forestville died July 6 at the age of 54 following a lengthy illness. Mr. Olsen was the president of H. Olsen and Sons Contractors Inc.

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has received more than 25 inquiries from developers interested in building 150 housing units for low-income people in Dunkirk.

Fifty years ago – 1965

U.S. District Judge Harold P. Burke has ruled that whipped toppings made by Mitchell Foods Inc. of Fredonia are enough like those made by Rich Food Products Corp. to infringe upon a patent held by the Rich company.

For the third time in six years, a Fredonia student was crowned Miss New York State. Marlene Lorraine Butcher, Miss Dunkirk-Fredonia, captured the crown at the Kingston pageant.

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Twenty years ago – 1995

At the Eleventh Annual Strawberry Festival held in June in Floral Hall at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds, awards were presented to three prize winners: Carmen Muscarella, Jessica Fredericks and Rebecca Gizowski. Writing on the theme, “My Favorite Senior Citizen,” all county third and fourth graders were eligible to enter. Chairperson Katherine Burch of Jamestown selected winning entries from the more than 300 submitted and presented the awards. First place winner Carmen from Falconer Central School wrote about her Uncle Tony; second place winner Rebecca Gizowski of Forestville Central School wrote about her grandmother; and third place winner, Jessica Fredericks of St. Peter and Paul School in Jamestown, who wrote about her grandfather.

Thirty years ago – 1985

Work on the new Chemical Process & Supply Company in the town of Sheridan near the city airport is continuing at a rapid pace, with the frame and roof of the building already completed. The completed building will provide 52,000 square feet of work space and will be followed with the construction of an addition that will create another 70,000 square feet. Contractors expect to have the building completed enclosed by mid-August and completed by Nov. 1.

Forty years ago – 1975

The official ground-breaking for the Fredonia wastewater treatment facility to be located in the west town of Dunkirk took place on July 3. Fredonia Mayor Charles St. George toss the first spadeful of dirt.

Pictured are Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Day of 1138 Central Ave., Dunkirk who for the past 15 years have donated their swimming pool for the enjoyment of physically-handicapped children and adults in the area.

Fifty years ago – 1965

A blast shook the Gazelle Street playground area in Dunkirk when gasoline fumes exploded in what was once a cellar of a building.

Daniel J. Graser of Fredonia has been appointed by the Lincoln Park, N.J., board of education to be the new superintendent of schools, effective July 1.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1995

A new professional building being built at 268 W. Main St., Fredonia will house a podiatrist practice and two other professional offices. The building owner, Dr. Michael Pietrusik, is relocating his podiatry business to the new site, which is expected to open in August. Dr. Pietrusik stated that as his 11-year Fredonia practice has enlarged, he has outgrown the current site in the Russo Building. Two other suites in the new building, each with 1,300 square feet, will be customized to suit professional tenants’ needs. The building is an all-brick, single-floor structure, with no steps to be found in the entire building.

Thirty years ago – 1985

A Federal Communications Commission administrative hearing to determine if the license of Fredonia radio station WBUZ should be renewed has been canceled to give the station’s owner an opportunity to sell it to a minority-owned company. The FCC encourages minority ownership and it also requires that the station be sold to the minority company at no more than 75 percent of its full market value. Station owner Henry Serafin said he is looking into the possibility of selling the station to a minority company in order to avoid the great expense of a formal hearing.

Forty years ago – 1975

The Clayton Coffee Co. of St. Louis, Mo., has become the first retail store in the country to adopt the metric system of measurement and now sells coffee only by the kilogram.

Bruce Jakiel, a sophomore at Fredonia High School, spent a week at the Buffalo Braves Basketball Camp at St. Francis High School in Athol Springs where his roommate was Tom McMillen, a Buffalo Braves rookie.

Fifty years ago – 1965

Joseph F. Clifford was elected the new president of the Dunkirk Board of Education, succeeding William A. Kutner, who did not seek re-election.

Christine Bartkowiak, a senior at Cardinal Mindszenty High School, is shown receiving a new Bulova watch from Hyman Lippman as winner of the annual Seniors Only drawing at Gail’s Jeweler’s in Dunkirk.

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Twenty years ago – 1995

The owner of a waterfront restaurant is seeking a $100,000 loan from the Dunkirk Local Development Corporation to help finance a $235,000 expansion and renovation project. Demetri’s On The Lake, located on Lake Shore Drive West at the entrance to the city pier, is planning a project that would double the restaurant’s seating capacity and create about 30 new jobs, according to owner Jamie Tsirtsakis. The project would open the restaurant’s second floor again, improve the facade of the restaurant, create an area to serve drinks and provide outside seating by Lake Erie. The expansion would allow the restaurant to handle banquets and private parties. If the loan is approved, the project would likely start in October.

Thirty years ago – 1985

International forensic experts have positively identified a man who drowned in Brazil six years ago as Josef Mengele, the notorious Nazi “Angel of Death” wanted for 40 years. The announcement came two weeks after officials exhumed the remains from a grave in a small cemetery in the town of Embu, outside Sao Paolo. It apparently ends a worldwide manhunt for the Nazi war criminal responsible for the deaths of 400,000 people at the Auschwitz concentration camp and for brutal genetic experiments aimed at developing a blue-eyed, blonde master race for Adolf Hitler.

Forty years ago – 1975

Pictured is the 79-year-old “Golden Stairs,” the footbridge built back in 1896 which links Buffalo Street to North Main Street in Silver Creek and is an object of curiosity for travelers going through the village.

The Dunkirk School Board recently elected Phillip Pelleter as its president to succeed Constantine “Gus” Elias. Mr. Pelleter defeated Gilda Hutchinson by a 6-3 vote for the top post.

Fifty years ago – 1965

The Cassadaga Community Baptist Church has reached its building goal fund of $50,000 for a new Christian education building.

Dr. John V. Ingham Jr., a dentist, and Robert Hesse, public relations director at Fredonia State University College, will vie for the one vacant seat on the Fredonia School Board.

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Twenty years ago – 1995

From Just Between Us ….. Thomas Quigley, a native of Dunkirk and alumnus of Holy Trinity and Cardinal Mindszenty High School, recently began his own architectural practice. Licensed by New York state to practice architecture, he has a degree in architecture from SUNY Alfred. He has furthered his study of architecture at the University of Buffalo and the University of Oklahoma’s School of Architecture. Currently, Quigley is working out of an office in his Silver Creek home. His new practice will provide architectural services to Western New York.

Thirty years ago – 1985

A preliminary report from the Chicago-based realty company hired by the city of Dunkirk to determine the feasibility of a hotel as part of the city’s harborfront project indicates that a hotel would be successful. It was recommended that the project include a first-class hotel with about 125 guest rooms. The hotel could be in operation by 1987 and with a $56 night average rate, could attain a 54 percent estimated annual occupancy rate during that year. The report cautioned, however, that the success of the hotel would depend on the success of the other development projects that are also planned for the area.

Forty years ago – 1975

Fredonia State University College, as well as all of the other schools in the university system, has been surveyed as a possible location for the housing of Vietnam refugees.

Syndicated advice columnist Ann Landers announced to her readers that she will be divorcing her husband of 36 years, Jules Lederer, but refused to disclose any reasons.

Fifty years ago – 1965

Dr. C.S. Barresi, a prominent physician and surgeon, died July 1 at his summer home in Hanford Bay, just hours after he had been honored at a testimonial dinner in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church Hall in Silver Creek, which was attended by more than 420 people.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1995

Organizers of Dunkirk’s Annual Harborfest couldn’t have asked for any better. A four-day weekend filled with sunshine and warm temperatures, large crowds and an awesome fireworks display. Record crowds were the trademark of the annual celebration, which included a gigantic parade that was nearly one hour long. The committee organizing the event put together the largest number of vendors and crafters, 35 each, for the event and the parade. About 10,000 people packed the shores of Lake Erie from Wright Park Beach to Memorial Park to witness the Fourth of July fireworks display.

Thirty years ago – 1985

Denis Budniewski of Fredonia High School has accepted a Rochester National Academic Scholarship to attend the University of Rochester this fall. He is expected to join the Yellowjacket track team, which has won-loss records of 74-16 outdoors and 46-15 indoors under Tim G. Hale. Budniewski was unbeaten in the high jump this past season and was second in the long jump and third in the triple jump at CCIAC Division 1 Championships. He was also chosen all-league linebacker in football last fall. He is expected to concentrate on the high jump at Rochester.

Forty years ago – 1975

Mayoral candidate James Subjack proposed using money from the community development grant to correct Dunkirk’s water problems, calling for the construction of a water booster station in the Fourth Ward.

Honored at a banquet held at the Holiday Inn was Richard Earle, who is retiring from his position as assistant supervising principal of Pine Valley Central School.

Fifty years ago – 1965

At this year’s commencement exercises, the old Dunkirk High School bell was rung for the last time from its position in the tower, with its fate unknown at this time.

Workmen had to rush to complete the remodeling of the former Normandy Restaurant at the D & F Plaza, which on July 1 became the home of a new branch of the Liberty National Bank.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1995

A Sunday OBSERVER Observation: We’ve heard of the ties that bind, but now for the tie that flies. Gowanda’s Interim Assistant Principal Dan Cassidy was sitting at his table with the other principals at a recent board of education meeting when his tie started swinging back and forth. After it was brought to his attention that his tie was swaying, Mr. Cassidy discovered that a large junebug had lodged itself in the small part of the tie and was trying to make its escape. The entire staff seated at the table burst into laughter.

Thirty years ago – 1985

One of Silver Creek’s natives is busy on the sunny West Coast where he has made his home since 1977. Frank Barresi, known as “Uncle Frank” to many, was a boxer in New York City in the early 1930s. Today, at the age of 76, he is a boxing trainer and is in training himself – ready for another match. The spry, wiry man is trying to raise funds to finance a gym for underprivileged youngsters. “I can’t find anyone in my class,” he said. “If I do fight anyone, he has to be 76 or older, weigh 126 pounds or less and have flat feet. Maybe then I could win.” Mr. Barresi works out at two gyms in California. He has trained several popular actors so that their performances on the silver screen looked as believable as possible. He worked with Sylvester Stallone in “Rocky III;” Mac Davis in “Sting II”; Erik Estrada in “Honey Boy”; and also did some coaching with Karl Malden, Jackie Gleason and even Mr. T.

Forty years ago – 1975

A feasibility study to determine whether Silver Creek’s Main Street School should be renovated or replaced will be conducted soon.

The Dunkirk Board of Education unanimously adopted a record $5.4 million budget for the 1975-76 school year, with a tax increase of $1.50 per $1,000 assessed evaluation.

Fifty years ago – 1965

A prominent Chautauqua County attorney, Orrie A. Ottaway, 81, of 18 Cottage St., Westfield, died recently following an illness of several months.

A testimonial dinner will honor Dr. C. S. Barresi, who has practiced medicine in the village of Silver Creek for the past 40 years.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1995

Pine Valley Central School Science Teacher Doug Zanghi was honored this year with his inclusion in “Who’s Who Among American Teachers.” The honor recognizes Mr. Zanghi contributions as an outstanding educator in the field of science. Candidates are nominated by students. He was presented with the honor in the same month that three of his students were selected to compete in the U.S. Chemistry Olympiad. The students were among 22 out of 1,000 students nationwide to compete in the event. It also marked the first time three students from any school qualified for the event. A teacher at PVCS for 19 years, Mr. Zanghi is the third Pine Valley teacher to receive the recognition.

Thirty years ago – 1985

Doug Smith, The Cheap Gourmet, his wife and a Channel 4 cameraman visited the Covered Wagon in Dunkirk recently as part of their “Best of the Wurst” feature. The Cheap Gourmet told Jean Jagoda and others on duty that the segment will air in the near future.

St. Joseph’s School for Exceptional Children held its final year-end program in June at the facility on Bennett Road in Dunkirk. The school has officially closed.

Forty years ago – 1975

A recent explosion of undetermined origin caused extensive damage to the Richard Forrester home on Shorewood Drive in the west town of Dunkirk.

The largest settlement, $325,000, ever granted by a Chautauqua County jury was awarded to Joseph Kraft of Portland for injuries sustained in an industrial accident at Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp. on Sept. 26, 1968.

Fifty years ago – 1965

Plans are already under way for a gala observance commemorating the 100th anniversary of Dunkirk Hose Co. No. 1 in June 1966.

Arthur Costello Jr., formerly of Dunkirk, will be one of three drivers for Miss Lynda Bird Johnson, the president’s daughter, during her month-long “See America” tour of the West by travel trailer.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1995

A former church is currently being renovated into apartments and possibly a dance studio. The former Portland United Methodist Church was built in 1899 and is located at 6349 W. Main Road in the town of Portland. The building was vacated when the congregation of the church joined the Salem Lutheran Church of Brocton and the Brocton United Methodist Church to become the Tri-Church Parish. It was recently purchased by Rosanne Mazierski, a dance instructor, who is currently making it into an apartment complex. Prior to that, it had been owned by Patricia Kurtz, who left the building in its original condition and turned it into an antique shop.

Thirty years ago – 1985

Some youngsters from a class at the Fredonia Wheelock School and their teacher recently witnessed the beginning of the demolition of Fredonia’s vacant high school on West Main Street. The demolition is expected to take 35 days. The school was built in the early 1920s and used by the district until 1971 when the East Main Street campus was completed. Hundreds completed their high school education there. BOCES used the school for several years after that until its facility on the Fredonia-Stockton Road was finished. The demolition is being done by Barnes Construction of Falconer. A locker room is to be built on the site as soon as bids are accepted. The Wheelock School is located on the adjacent site.

Forty years ago – 1975

Helen Miller of Fredonia was honored by the town of Pomfret Republican Committee for her 28 years of faithful service as a secretary.

A 75-year-old family tradition started in Chautauqua County has extended to the northern shores as the Green Brothers have opened their third lumber store on West Lake Road in Dunkirk across from the Shorewood Country Club golf course.

Fifty years ago – 1965

Holy Cross Seminary on West Lake Road in Dunkirk is holding graduation exercises for 31 seminarians this year.

A “Do You Remember?” photo features three Dunkirk businessmen, including William M. Burcher, whose glassware store located three doors down from the old Monroe Drug Store thrived around 1870.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1995

The career of one of Fredonia State’s most visible and influential administrators was celebrated last month at a retirement party for William S. Clark III, who as director of admissions for 30 years, was responsible for the strategies that attracted and selected the college’s most recent 20,000 graduates, two-thirds of its entire body of living alumni. One of his major responsiblities was to meet enrollment goals without lowering admission standards. Mr. Clark was honored at a reception in the Campus Center attended by more than 100 guests with Professor Stephen Warner as master of ceremonies and remarks by College President Donald A. MacPhee, among others.

Thirty years ago – 1985

The Cassadaga Area Jaycees recently held its installation and awards banquet at David’s Country Manor on Route 39. Awards were presented by outgoing Jaycee woman president Pam Crandall for the 1984-85 year. Jaycee Woman of the Quarter Awards were presented to Cheryl Beichner, Brenda Maloy and Debbie Kotar. The Presidential Award of Honor went to Jeanne Stewart. The Keywoman Award was presented to Roxanne Astry. Jeri Wiedenhofer received an award for projects of the year. A special award went to Kathy Ricketts. The Jaycee Woman of the Year went to Priscilla House. This year concludes an era of a separate Jaycee Woman organization because women are now eligible for Jaycee membership.

Forty years ago – 1975

John Schober and Jeanne Saden were named the outstanding young man and woman during Cardinal Mindszenty High School’s 22nd annual commencement exercises which took place in June.

Kathy Szopinski of Dunkirk, on her first day as a lifeguard at the Findlay (Ohio) College natatorium, saved the life of 18-year-old Mark Wilcox.

Fifty years ago – 1965

Honored recently at a dinner was Paul V. Reber, whose retirement began July 1 after 36 years of service with the Dunkirk public schools.

Chautauqua County may be designated a rabies area and dog owners may be ordered to tie up their dogs as a result of three confirmed cases of rabies being reported through April.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1995

The Fredonia Board of Education has posted a vacancy sign for the superintendent’s position after the 1995-1996 school year. A board majority took two minutes in voting 4-3 not to renew or extend Superintendent James Merrins contract. The pact will expire June 30, 1996. Merrins said he will work for a smooth transition. Asked if he was surprised by the decision, Merrins commented, “Everyone who has watched the board understands the dynamics that have taken place in the community.” District Clerk Charles St. George, referring to the board’s decision and the imminent departure of Wheelock School Principal Margaret Sauer said, “I honestly believe our school system will not fall apart. We will continue to have a good school system here in Fredonia.”

Thirty years ago – 1985

Robert J. Trombley retired today as plant manager of Special Metals Corp. in Dunkirk. He was honored recently at a dinner at the Fireside Manor, with vice president William Holland of New Hartford representing the company. The program following dinner included a review of Mr. Trombley’s more than 42 years with the company and the presentation of gifts – a plaque, a portable television set and check from Dunkirk and New Hartford employees. Mr. Trombley and his wife reside on Roosevelt Avenue in Dunkirk.

Forty years ago – 1975

One of the largest graduating classes in the 117-year history of Dunkirk High School took part in commencement exercises on June 23 when 292 graduates received their high school diploma.

A leak in one of the two natural gas wells on Red Wing property created an atmosphere of fear and emergency in the village of Fredonia.

Fifty years ago – 1965

Pictured are four generations of the Korzenski family, all of whom (in a remarkable coincidence) reside on Moffat Street in Dunkirk.

A short-circuited fluorescent light fixture was the cause of a fire which damaged the Dietzen Liquor Store at 19 East Main St., Fredonia.

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