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Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1995

Several years ago, Marshall Hall began a crusade to get his grandfather, Layne Hall of Silver Creek, what he thought was some much deserved recognition. That recognition finally has come in the 1996 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records. On pages 116 and 117 of the book, under the section titled specialized vehicles, Layne Hall is pictured displaying his New York State driver’s license which showed his birth date as March 15, 1880, making him 113 in 1990, thereby making him the oldest licensed driver in history. Mr. Hall’s death certificate lists his age as 105, but either age makes him the world’s oldest driver.

Thirty years ago – 1985

Kirk Silliman, a member of Cassadaga Boy Scout Troop 219, has spent this past summer making repairs to and beautifying the Cassadaga Branch Library building in Cassadaga as part of a project he undertook to earn his Eagle Badge award. Kirk, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Silliman of Miller Place, Cassadaga sealed the building’s basement walls on both the inside and outside to correct leakage problems, among other repairs. He is the third Silliman boy to work for an Eagle Badge. Cassadaga Librarian Joyce Johnson presented Kirk with a plaque in recognition of his excellent work on the library building.

Forty years ago – 1975

Ginny Corsi has moved from Cassadaga to the Albany area to accommodate her work as special assistant to Lt. Gov. Mary Ann Krupsak.

Selected by a panel of judges to represent the Dunkirk-Fredonia area as Junior Miss 1976 is Miss Janice Szocki, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Polowy of Dunkirk.

Fifty years ago – 1965

A testimonial dinner recently honored Arthur Strubing, who is retiring as Chautauqua County supervisor of the 2nd and 3rd wards after more than 30 years in this office.

Robert Zebracki, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Zebracki, 146 Nevins St., Dunkirk attended graduation services recently in Albany after completing the 16-week basic training course at the New York State Police Academy.

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Twenty years ago – 1995

Work crews from the Lakeview Shock Incarceration Facility are a familiar sight to many throughout Western New York, traveling from the Brocton facility to work four days each week at community sites in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Erie counties. These non-violent offenders are doing time, but it is time not lost on essential community projects like renovating parks, restocking fish hatcheries, cleaning up the Thruway or getting a school heavy with construction dust ready to open. As long as the job entails hard work, hasn’t been contracted out and is for a non-profit organization, crews provide “free” labor.

Thirty years ago – 1985

Dan Wieloszynski, a student at Lake Shore Central School, has been named to the 100-piece All-American Band. Through competitive auditions, two students from each state are selected from over 5,000 nominees. The band will perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, Chicago’s Christmas Parade and the Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl parades. Dan is only the second student in the 19-year history of the All-American Band to be selected from Western New York. He plays the alto sax. His mother, Patricia, is originally from Fredonia.

Forty years ago – 1975

An Associated Press wirephoto of the rubber tire breakwall in the Dunkirk Harbor is being picked up by several newspapers, including the “Phoenix Gazette” and the “Anaheim Bulletin” in Anaheim, Calif.

Lena Muscato, a retired teacher and current city of Dunkirk senior citizens coordinator who received the Chautauqua County “Senior Citizen of the Year” award in 1974, died Oct. 24 at the age of 67.

Fifty years ago – 1965

Hordes of squealing teenagers greeted the Beatles as the group arrived at Buckingham Palace in London where they were made members of the Order of the British Empire.

The new Central Car Wash on Central Avenue in Dunkirk boasts one of the fastest car washes in town – in and out in three minutes, according to owner Sandy Galati of Jamestown. The car wash officially opened Oct. 27.

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Twenty years ago – 1995

Amtrak officials were in Dunkirk today to meet with city officials. Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited is scheduled to begin stopping in Dunkirk in either April or May. The last passenger train to stop in Dunkirk was the Empire Express westbound on April 30, 1971. It marked the end of 120 years of passenger service. Mayor Margaret Wuerstle said the top priority will be getting the Penn Central Station at Main and Thirds streets in shape. While Amtrak won’t put any money into the renovations, it will help with the marketing program to ensure ridership. Amtrak will have to earn at least $10,000 a month from the Dunkirk stop in order to continue it.

Thirty years ago – 1985

The OBSERVER Student of the Week is Timothy Kachelmeyer, 17, son of Michael and Kathleen Kachelmeyer of Hanover Road, town of Villenova. President of his senior class at Pine Valley Central School, Timothy is a member of the varsity football team and has also played varsity basketball and baseball. Following graduation, he hopes to attend either Ashland (Ohio) or Buffalo State University College, majoring in communications/broadcasting.

Forty years ago – 1975

On Oct. 23, Krina Vander Weel, the Vietnamese-born daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Vander Weel of Green Street, Dunkirk, became a United States citizen.

Dr. Richard M. Wright, a Jamestown native and 1966 graduate of the University of Buffalo Dental School, has opened an orthodontic office in the Russo Building in Fredonia.

Fifty years ago – 1965

Pablo Picasso celebrated his 85th birthday on Oct. 25 in the village of Mougins, France. Still actively painting, he has turned out several hundred paintings in recent years, sometimes working on two or three canvases at once.

The largest crowd ever, about 200 persons, turned out for a “Meet the Candidates Night” held in the courtrooms of Dunkirk City Hall and sponsored by the Dunkirk-Fredonia League of Women Voters.

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Twenty years ago – 1995

Brocton Central School students Julie Sullivan, Jessica Salter and Katrina King have been selected as performers for the 1995 Universal Dance Association All-Star team. The girls were selected based on their dance ability, execution, stage presence, performance and style. They are the only team members to be selected from the Western New York area. As All-Stars, the girls are eligible to perform at the Chateau de Chantilly on New Year’s Eve, followed by a New Year’s Day performance in the Parade de Montmartre in Paris, France.

Thirty years ago – 1985

Among the final performances of the Buffalo Ensemble Theatre at its 284 Franklin St. location is the introduction of an additional new work by another area writer. “Sahel” by Kent Glenzer of Van Buren Road, Fredonia is a first play by this young writer. It is based on his personal experience fighting starvation with the Peace Corps in Mali, Africa. “Sahel” is a play about one Peace Corps volunteer’s dealing with loneliness, the frustration of drought and helplessness in the face of insurmountable barriers. The real problems of Third World development emerge in the script and come to life in the mind of the audience as the characters reveal the personal side of work in undeveloped regions.

Forty years ago – 1975

Outgoing Dunkirk Mayor Leon Damian, whose 1973 mayoral victory by 19 votes over Clem Lutz was the closest in city election history, told the OBSERVER he believes his administration, which ends in 10 weeks, has laid the foundation for the restoration of the city of Dunkirk.

Contestants in the 1975 Fredonia Junior Miss Pageant include Julie Watson, Deborah Schiller, Kimberly Brown, Janice Szocki and Marie Marut.

Fifty years ago – 1965

Dunkirk Lingerie Inc., located in Progress Park in Dunkirk, is expanding its operation which began in January and is expecting to hire an additional 100 employees.

Herman M. Keopka of Van Buren was honored recently at a retirement party for 23 years of service with the Railway Express Agency.

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Twenty years ago – 1995

Four local residents were among an estimated quarter of a million people to take part in the Mass Pope John Paul II celebrated in New York City’s Central Park earlier this month. Julie Haase, daughter of Richard and Ricki Haase of Glasgow Road, Cassadaga made the pilgrimage, which she called “the chance of a lifetime.” She said the pope was so far away from where her group was located that he looked to be about an inch tall, but large screen TVs were set up around the park. Also on hand were Jenny Penhollow of Sinclairville, Jill Spayer of Cassadaga and Michael Bower of Gerry. Mrs. Penhollow stated there were no disturbances that she was aware of.

Thirty years ago – 1985

The grand opening ribbon-cutting of the new $50 million McKinley Mall took place earlier this month. The mall, located on McKinley Parkway and Milestrip Road in Hamburg has more than 75 tenants, including AM&A’s and the Sears and Roebuck Co., and is expected to generates some 1,100 jobs. By the summer of 1986, an additional 64 tenants, including three additional anchor stores, will be included in Phase II of construction.

Forty years ago – 1975

Informational picketing is being carried out between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. daily by members of the Forestville Teachers Association who are seeking improved salaries in a new contract.

Fifty years ago – 1965

John Rice, a truck driver from Baltimore, Md., contacted the OBSERVER for assistance in discerning the identity of a Dunkirk woman who came to his aid on the Thruway when his truck broke down near Rochester and lent him $30. He lost the slip of paper containing the Good Samaritan’s name.

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Twenty years ago – 1995

A Westfield Academy and Central School tradition was recently renewed in time to boost Westfield’s winning football team. With Principal Randall Gilbert at the helm, a bonfire was held as part of Homecoming Week activities. The school had not built a bonfire the past four years. Mr. Gilbert, who was just made principal two weeks ago, said he made the right choice in moving from a large school district to Westfield. He said he was impressed by the way people work together at WACS. Mr. Gilbert also congratulated the school’s fourth-grade class for raising more than $700 to help with the kidney transplant of former WACS teacher Phil Young.

Thirty years ago – 1985

Morris the Cat enjoys the attention of New York State First Lady Matilda Cuomo at a recent Albany Press Conference which previewed a State Health Department public service announcement. In the 30-second television spot, the renowned finicky cat suggests that “Good health is the cat’s Meow!” and he advises viewers to “Be finicky about food, eat balanced meals, get plenty of exercise and don’t smoke.” Mrs. Cuomo, who co-chairs the State’s Council on Children and Families and is keenly interested in promoting nutritional education, presented Morris with a Certificate of Appreciation for his contribution to the promotion of good health in New York State.

Forty years ago – 1975

About 400 people took part in a recent procession honoring the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. The procession began in Silver Creek village parking lot and ended at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. The Mt. Carmel Home-School Association coordinated the event which included the recitation of the rosary and the singing of hymns to Our Lady of Fatima.

Fifty years ago – 1965

Gerald F. Crayton, 31, of 23 West Fourth St., Dunkirk has been named as one of the five “outstanding young men in New York state” as selected by the Junior Chamber of Commerce. A member of the Dunkirk Chamber of Commerce since 1959, he has held the offices of director, president and chairman of the board of directors. He is the president and treasurer of F.N. Briggs Realty Inc., treasurer of N.S. Briggs and Son Dairy and treasurer of Clover King.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1995

Details regarding Amtrak’s passenger stop in the city of Dunkirk are expected to be revealed later this week. Dunkirk Mayor Margaret Wuerstle will be meeting with Amtrak officials to discuss the city’s preparations for passenger service, which will begin in April. Of primary concern is preparing the former Penn Central Station on Main Street. The depot area will have to be handicapped accessible. The city has received $125,000 in grants to refurbish the depot and has applied for further funding. Amtrak officials, however, advised the city to initially put the minimum into the depot to see what the ridership will be. “If we don’t get enough riders, Amtrak will discontinue the stop,” Wuerstle said. When Amtrak made the decision to add a Dunkirk stop, they noted the demographics were not that strong. Officials were impressed, however, by the amount of support shown by the community, including a petition with 8,000 signatures and a rally.

Thirty years ago – 1985

Fifth graders at the Gowanda Elementary School recently celebrated the birthday of the ice cream cone. Diane Brown and Joe Ricotta, representatives of the Dunkirk Ice Cream Co., presented a program of slides and spoke to the classes about how ice cream is manufactured at the Dunkirk plant. Children also researched the history of ice cream, classified the ingredients in it and prepared graphs of their favorite flavors. At the end of the day’s activities, each child got to sample the product in the form of ice cream cones.

Forty years ago – 1975

With commitments already signed for 32,000 square feet of the “Old Main Mall” including two restaurants, a theater group or two, a record shop and wine cellar, owner Henry Sysol has invited retail business representatives to a gathering to present details of future plans for the structure which contains 82,000 square feet of rentable space.

Fifty years ago – 1965

The Dunkirk School District will make application with the federal government for funds to resume the “Operation Head Start” program here in January. The program, designed for underprivileged school children, operated here during the summer and everyone was pleased with the results. The federal government reimbursed 90 percent of the expenses connected with the summer program.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1995

The Rev. Wendy Myers Heinz was installed today as designated pastor at the First United Presbyterian Church. Since September 1991, Rev. Heinz has been serving as stated supply pastor. After approval by the church Session and the Presbytery of Western New York, she will now be serving in her first installed pastorate. The service of installation was led by the Moderator of the Presbytery of Western New York.

Thirty years ago – 1985

Poppenberg’s Music of Buffalo has announced the opening of its newest branch store, located at 48 West Main St., Fredonia. Eric and Sheila Kroon of Cassadaga are the proprietors. James Flood, Poppenberg’s presidents, said, “For many years, our customers south of Buffalo have been asking for a store where serious music can be found in stock.” The Kroons said they feel strongly about responding to the musical needs of the area – and will stock their store accordingly. As a branch of the Buffalo store, the Fredonia outlet will have the largest selection in the area of piano, organ, instrumental and Christian music.

Forty years ago – 1975

Ground-breaking ceremonies were held for an $875,000 hockey and lacrosse facility which is being constructed on the Seneca Nation Industrial Park property. Taking part in the ceremony was Robert Hoag, president of the Seneca Indian Nation.

The parishioners of St. Anthony’s Church in Fredonia recently attended a Mass honoring the 70th anniversary of the church, followed by a mortgage-burning ceremony and banquet at the Holiday Inn.

Fifty years ago – 1965

Structural steel has been put in place for the new M & T drive-in bank on Main Street in Dunkirk. A two-month delay in steel shipments has held up construction.

The “seamanship” trophy for outstanding boating ability during 1965 was presented to Steven Zielinski. A silver tray, which is a permanent trophy, was awarded to the young sailor.

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Twenty years ago – 1995

The largest gift ever made to the Fredonia College Foundation will establish the first endowed professorship at the State University of New York College at Fredonia. The gift comes from Mr. and Mrs. H. Kirk Williams III of Dunkirk and was announced during Homecoming weekend by College President Donald A. MacPhee. Given during the foundation’s current $5 million fundraising campaign, the Williams’ gift will provide permanent funding for a distinguished scholar to occupy a visiting professorship each year. Mr. Williams, former chairman and publisher of the OBSERVER, has been closely connected to the local SUNY campus since 1965.

Thirty years ago – 1985

New York Gov. Mario Cuomo announced that Chautauqua County Rural Ministry is a finalist for the second annual Eleanor Roosevelt Community Service Award. Rural Ministry was one of 50 groups selected from 500 nominees statewide. The award recognizes organizations for outstanding efforts in meeting a broad range of community and humanitarian needs. Rural Ministry was nominated by the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County – a sponsor of the Rural Ministry.

Forty years ago – 1975

Ben Trumble, a herpetologist from Fredonia State University College, brought two of his pet snakes, a boa constrictor and a corn snake from South Carolina, to the Darwin R. Barker Library in Fredonia, for a special children’s program.

Pictured is the aftermath of a one-car accident in the village of Fredonia which left a station wagon in a precarious spot, balanced on the guy-wire of a utility pole.

Fifty years ago – 1965

American and National League baseball players voted Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax, Tony Oliva and Jim “Mudcat” Grant outstanding major leaguers of 1965 in a vote conducted by The Sporting News.

A violent explosion and fire which followed destroyed the Robert J. McDonald family home at 8 Erie St. in Lily Dale. The house was unoccupied as the McDonalds had left two days before for Florida.

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Twenty years ago – 1995

Always ready for a good campaign slogan, the OBSERVER has an early front runner for winner of the slogan for the city of Dunkirk campaign. It belongs to the current mayor, Margaret Wuerstle. The mayor’s been handing out bags of microwave popcorn with this slogan on the cellophane: “Keep Dunkirk Poppin’ with Peggy Wuerstle for Mayor.” The mayor was known as Peggy during her school days and close friends still refer to her by the nickname.

Thirty years ago – 1985

Relatives of a Fredonia couple celebrating their silver anniversary on a luxury cruise were relieved to hear their loved ones are safe in a Cairo, Egypt hotel after reports their ship was hijacked. W. Thomas Smith, vice president of operations at Chautauqua Institution and his wife, Marilyn, of 4876 West Main Road, Fredonia were passengers on the Achille Lauro, an Italian cruise ship hijacked by the dissident Palestine Liberation Front. Rebecca Smith, the couple’s daughter, heard about the hijacking while she was working at the Fredonia E-Z Shop. Rebecca said her mother told her during a phone conversation that the couple had been off the ship on a side trip to the pyramids.

Forty years ago – 1975

Three independent candidates for mayor, Diane Trezenski, Leonard Speziale and Clem Lutz, have all charged that Chester Woloszyn, the chairman of the city Democratic Committee, has offered them other roles in the party if they would drop their plans to run for mayor in Dunkirk. Mr. Woloszyn labeled the charges “a total lie.”

The Dunkirk Common Council officially voted to appeal a State Supreme Court decision that directs the city to reinstate former police lieutenant Louis R. Barone.

Fifty years ago – 1965

Five members of the Brooks Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees were re-elected to three year terms during the annual meeting of the hospital association. They are Malcolm C. Reed, Dr. J. Murdoch Dawley, John Greenleaf, John Koch and Robert R. Dew.

Student of the Week is Susan Holdridge, a senior at Forestville Central School, who is majoring in science and Spanish with hopes of becoming a foreign language teacher.

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Twenty years ago – 1995

Even Santa Claus made a guest appearance as several thousand people enjoyed the town of Collins annual Pumpkin Festival and World Pumpkin Weigh-Off held earlier this month. One of the most popular events at the festival featured the crowning of the Pumpkin Festival’s Prince and Princess. Gregory Cummings, 7, and Nicole Gugino, 7, were crowned in a midday celebration. A Collins house decorating contest based on a pumpkin theme was won by Joe and Lisa Manarco of 220 Main St. The pumpkin weigh-off linked the rural town of Collins with other pumpkin weigh stations around the world. Karen Fisher-Waterman’s 739.5-pound pumpkin took first place locally.

Thirty years ago – 1985

Student of the Week is Sara Della Posta, 17, daughter of Frank and Kathy Della Posta, 63 Center St., Gowanda. A senior at Gowanda Central School, she was chairman of Gowanda’s Homecoming, Senior Council representative and member of the National Honor Society. Music is Sara’s main interest and she has been active in marching, jazz, marimba and pep bands. She was the recipient of the 1985 Semper Fidelis Award given by the U.S. Marine Band. In addition to playing French horn, piano and organ, Sara is also active in theater productions. Her future plans include college and continuation of her music and dramatic interests.

Forty years ago – 1975

The New York Times has charged that the New York state lottery has been systematically cheating the public by announcing “winning numbers of $250,000 lottery tickets that never were sold.” According to the report, this has occurred 17 times since last December.

The Dunkirk Zoning Board of Appeals has been charged by Nelson Palmer, a Dunkirk architect, with rigging a vote to avoid embarrassment in a case involving the operation of the Gateways Mental Health Clinic in the city.

Fifty years ago – 1965

Ronald Kubera of Dunkirk was named “Stage Door Johnny” for the third edition of the High Fever Follies. He received votes totaling $195.41 out of a total contribution of $718.90

Number of patients and number of patient days sell all-time records at Brooks Hospital during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1965 with patients numbering 6,180 and patient days totaling 53,906.

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Twenty years ago – 1995

From Ad News ….. April Masters, 6, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Masters of Versailles Road, Irving, won a computer grand prize as part of Midway Park’s READAmerica Program. The laptop learning computer was provided by Marine Midland Bank. ….. Rich Hofer was recently promoted as new store manager of the Quality Farm & Fleet Store located at 3978 Vineyard Drive, Dunkirk. Rich joined the company in March of 1994 as this location’s assistant manager. He has been in the retail business for more than 14 years. ….. An unveiling ceremony for the new Brooks Hospital sign designed by local artist Dave Miller was held recently in front of Brooks Hospital. More than 50 people were on hand for the event. The sign will be illuminated at night.

Thirty years ago – 1985

About 100 Westfield residents participated in a Sunday Crop Walk recently. The walk was sponsored by the World Council of Churches of which Westfield’s St. James Roman Catholic Church, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, First Presbyterian Church and United Methodist Church are part of. More than $1,700 was raised to by walkers that day. A percentage of the money will stay in Westfield and the rest will go to help worldwide hunger. G. Ernest Cullen and Sara Cowie were the event’s co-chairmen.

Forty years ago – 1975

This year’s winner of the annual Junior Fire Marshal’s contest was St. Hyacinth’s School. Nine schools participated in the competition and received fire marshal hats, teacher guides and official Junior Fire Marshal flags.

The B.F. Goodrich Co. store, which has been in operation since 1946 and is currently located at 423 Central Ave., Dunkirk is closing as of today.

Fifty years ago – 1965

The Dunkirk Board of Education announced that Dunkirk’s new high school is 90 percent completed with occupancy scheduled to take place at the beginning of the second semester in January.

Initial preparations for the construction of a medical office building on the former H.F. van der Voort property at 610 Central Ave., Dunkirk were begun today by Meister Contracting Co.

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Twenty years ago – 1995

A memorial plaque was dedicated by the Fredonia Share and Care Center in Fredonia during its September membership meeting. The Fredonia Beaver Club donated the plaque, designed by Smith & Smith of Fredonia. Robert Schoener, vice president of the center’s board, accepted the plaque from Gillis Mancuso, Beaver Club president. The Center’s Memorial Fund was established in 1994. Fourteen nameplates have been engraved with room for more. Two smaller plaques are available for future memorials. The donations will help fund future major projects and expansion of services at the center.

Thirty years ago – 1985

Credit the West Town of Dunkirk Fire Department with a savings of more than $25,000 for remodeling work on Engine No. 3, a 1964-model pumper. Three former West Dunkirk fire chiefs, inexperienced in the specialized field of rebuilding fire trucks, are in the final stages of the massive do-it-yourself project. Thanks to retired engineer Albert Brinkerhoff, mechanic William Jakubowski and welder Henry Walldorff, the fire department has a modernized pumper which could have cost $80,000 new or nearly $30,000 if rebuilt professionally?The project received notoriety in fire service circles due to an article written by Donald Loeb, a former Dunkirk Fire Chief and now a contributing editor for Fire Chief magazine.

Forty years ago – 1975

Three Dunkirk women, Sheryl Durr, Joan Barnett and Paula Drozdiel, all nurses’ aides at the Margaret-Anthony Nursing Home, have applied for membership in the Hose Co. No. 3 Volunteer Fire Department.

Lake Erie’s polluted condition in past years has depressed waterfront values, but if the lake cleanup continues, property values could increase by 40-60 percent by 1980.

Fifty years ago – 1965

Ground has been broken for the new Chautauqua County Auto Club headquarters at the corner of Eagle Street and Lake Shore Drive West in Dunkirk. Meister Contracting Co. has the contract for the building, which is expected to be completed by December at a cost of $35,000.

A fire, which is believed to have been burning long before it was discovered the morning of Oct. 16, virtually destroyed the sales office and work rooms of the Garden Gate Florists shop at 729 Eagle St., Dunkirk.

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Twenty years ago – 1995

One month into the new school year, the school superintendent’s seat in Fredonia is vacant, but a familiar face will soon occupy it for the interim. Superintendent James Merrins tendered his resignation to the Fredonia Board of Education. His current contract was due to expire June 30, 1996. Twice during the summer, the board voted 4-3 not to extend it. Mr. Merrins did not disclose his plans for another position. He said he wanted to stay in the education field and continue living in Fredonia. He stated his parting with the board and district was amicable. Rocco Doino, Mr. Merrins predecessor, will serve as interim superintendent of schools.

Thirty years ago – 1985

The chairman of the New York State Thruway Authority has apologized to Chautauqua County for leaving it off the Interstate 90 map listing centers of the grape and wine industry in the state. Henry A. Bersani replied to a letter from County Executive John Glenzer, who had pointed out that the 17th edition of the Thruway map shows “Westchester County as “wine country” and while we may have fewer wineries than Westchester County, Chautauqua County’s acreage in grapes beats them by a ratio of almost 25 to 1.” Glenzer noted the county has 865 grape producers who provided about 48 percent of the total state grape tonnage. Mr. Bersani wrote, “You are absolutely correct. It is inexcusable that we left Chautauqua County off the list of wine countries.”

Forty years ago – 1975

Sugar beets, grown for scientific studies by the Fredonia State University College’s biology department on land donated for that purpose on Fredonia-Stockton Road, were harvested recently. It marks one of the first times a sugar beet crop has been raised to maturity in the Western New York area.

Fifty years ago – 1965

Shown in an OBSERVER photo are Stephen Smyczek, SA, USN, and Michael Smyczek, SN, USN, the sons of Mrs. Jeanne Smyczek of 239 Lord St., Dunkirk, who are stationed aboard the USS Sylvania, one of only three combat store ships in service, now docked in Naples, Italy. The brothers, who are truly seeing the world together, have already sailed to France, Spain and Italy.

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Twenty years ago – 1995

A village of South Dayton library, only an idea three years ago, is less than a year away from becoming a reality. Members of a committee putting together the library hope to have it in service by spring. In 1992, Mayor Karen Strickland collected donations from the Gowanda Public Library, which have remained in storage since, with the idea of some day having a place for them to be utilized by village residents. The South Dayton Fire Department donated the space next to the clerk’s office in the village hall to start the library. The room has been renovated for the upcoming library. The new library will continue to serve as a meeting room for the fire department and any other scheduled civic events.

Thirty years ago – 1985

Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-New York City) has announced that he has nominated David Dawson, director of the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency, to be the state Economic Development Council’s Economic Developer of the Year. Sen. Moynihan nominated Mr. Dawson in recognition of his leadership and excellence in retaining and attracting industry. In his 11-year tenure, Mr. Dawson has helped preserve the Allegheny-Ludlum Bar Division plant in Dunkirk and initiated the AL Tech Revolving Loan Fund to facilitate industrial development and job creation, among others. His latest projects include the financing of the Bush Industries plant ($15 million, 400 new jobs) and the Chemical Process plant ($18 million, 100 new jobs).

Forty years ago – 1975

Pictured is 16-year old Cindy Barone with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Barone of 611 Park Ave., Dunkirk and OBSERVER Circulation Manager M. Orville Hoover. Miss Baron was chosen “OBSERVER Outstanding Carrier of the Year” and received an engraved plaque. She is one of only eight girl carriers for the OBSERVER, the others being Sandra Owen, Rosalia Pucciarelli, Ann Marie Woloszyn and Michelle Neff in Dunkirk; Jana Candy in Lily Dale; and Peggy Crofoot and Julie Nelson in Fredonia.

Fifty years ago – 1965

An army of school-aged grape pickers converged on the grape belt’s vineyards today in a bid to rescue area grape farmers from impending disaster. About three-quarters of the crop remain to be picked due to a slow-ripening crop, a late start, miserable rainy picking weather and difficulty in obtaining enough harvest help.

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Dunkirk native and San Francisco designer Amy Kuschel recently talked with the OBSERVER about what to expect in the fashion industry and “the look.” She said style reflects not only trends, but also lifestyles. “Femininity” is the word she used to describe the overriding theme of what’s coming for women, influenced by what was in vogue in Jackie Onassis’ day. Women’s suits are big and have been an important fashion item for three years now. This season’s suits come with open collars and slim pants to reflect a more casual workplace. The “sheath” dress, similar to a slim jumper, is also popular. Kuschel moved to San Francisco from New York City nearly a year ago where she worked as a head designer for a number of companies. She is a 1986 graduate of Dunkirk High School and graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 1989.

Thirty years ago – 1985

It was “An Evening with Urbscheit,” a night set aside to honor the man, the artist. On a Sunday evening at the White Inn in Fredonia, more than 100 friends of Lawrence “Larry” Urbscheit gathered to recognize him for his talent and his contributions to art in the area. The dinner culminated a month-long tribute to Urbscheit, a tribute that included an exhibit of his art at the Adams Memorial Art Gallery in Dunkirk, an event coordinated by Access to the Arts Inc. Titled “Old Friends, New Visions,” the exhibit was comprised of works loaned by people of the community from their private collections and others completed more recently by the artist and never exhibited.

Forty years ago – 1975

The grand opening of Ludlum’s Olde Christmas Warehouse at 111 Eagle St., Dunkirk took place Oct. 11 and 12. Loaded with “new look” Christmas merchandise, it occupies the former Newell Trucking warehouse.

Featured in this week’s People in Profile is John Nowak, the OBSERVER’s composing room foreman and a 45-year employee of the company.

Fifty years ago – 1965

Pictured is Sen. Wayne Morse of Oregon, who appeared at a press conference prior to his address at Fredonia State University College. He discussed the number of problems facing the nations of the world in regard to world peace and the ways to preserve it.

Five outstanding OBSERVER carriers have been chosen to take part in the Newspaper Boy Day celebration in Syracuse. They are William Diederich, Dunkirk; Robert Richter, Fredonia; Gary Miller, Brocton; David Fick, Sheridan; and James Larsen, Silver Creek.

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Twenty years ago – 1995

J. Leland Parker was honored with a Lifetime Membership award by the Kiwanis Club of Silver Creek. New York State District Governor Robert Weeks presented the award to Mr. Parker at the club’s induction meeting following dinner at the Colony House Restaurant in Irving. It was Gov. Weeks’ first official meeting. Mr. Parker has been a member of the club for more than 40 years. He has served as president and treasurer and has been chairman for many events. He participated in the former Kiwanis Kapers, a variety show sponsored by the club in the 1960s and 1970s. The special presentation to Mr. Parker included a plaque, card and name plate.

Thirty years ago – 1985

From Just Between Us … Kevin Rowson, formerly of Fredonia, was among the newsmen reporting on Hurricane Gloria in September. Currently with Channel 5-WCSC, Charleston, S.C., Kevin was assigned to Wrightsville, N.C., to cover the massive storm, with his newscast seen locally on Cable TV-WOR. Former news director for Dunkirk radio station WDOE, he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Rowson of Fredonia.

Forty years ago – 1975

Pictured are three giant pumpkins, each weighing in the neighborhood of 110 pounds, which were grown on the property of Mr. and Mrs. Leon McKoon of Route 83, Arkwright.

The health club at the Chautauqua County YMCA on Central Avenue in Dunkirk now features a fully-equipped center for physical conditioning and is seeking new members.

Fifty years ago – 1965

A 21-year-old former Miss America contestant, Karol Rae Hommon (Miss Alaska of 1964) slipped off a rocky ledge near the top of Mt. Sugarloaf in Deerfield, Mass., on Oct. 11 and plunged 200 feet down the rocky mountainside to her death.

Great Lakes Color Printing Corp., Stegelske Avenue, Dunkirk will be the industry honored at the 1966 annual banquet of the Dunkirk Chamber of Commerce.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1995

J. Leland Parker was honored with a Lifetime Membership award by the Kiwanis Club of Silver Creek. New York State District Governor Robert Weeks presented the award to Mr. Parker at the club’s induction meeting following dinner at the Colony House Restaurant in Irving. It was Gov. Weeks’ first official meeting. Mr. Parker has been a member of the club for more than 40 years. He has served as president and treasurer and has been chairman for many events. He participated in the former Kiwanis Kapers, a variety show sponsored by the club in the 1960s and 1970s. The special presentation to Mr. Parker included a plaque, card and name plate.

Thirty years ago – 1985

From Just Between Us … Kevin Rowson, formerly of Fredonia, was among the newsmen reporting on Hurricane Gloria in September. Currently with Channel 5-WCSC, Charleston, S.C., Kevin was assigned to Wrightsville, N.C., to cover the massive storm, with his newscast seen locally on Cable TV-WOR. Former news director for Dunkirk radio station WDOE, he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Rowson of Fredonia.

Forty years ago – 1975

Pictured are three giant pumpkins, each weighing in the neighborhood of 110 pounds, which were grown on the property of Mr. and Mrs. Leon McKoon of Route 83, Arkwright.

The health club at the Chautauqua County YMCA on Central Avenue in Dunkirk now features a fully-equipped center for physical conditioning and is seeking new members.

Fifty years ago – 1965

A 21-year-old former Miss America contestant, Karol Rae Hommon (Miss Alaska of 1964) slipped off a rocky ledge near the top of Mt. Sugarloaf in Deerfield, Mass., on Oct. 11 and plunged 200 feet down the rocky mountainside to her death.

Great Lakes Color Printing Corp., Stegelske Avenue, Dunkirk will be the industry honored at the 1966 annual banquet of the Dunkirk Chamber of Commerce.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1995

The Dunkirk Common Council has made no motion to grant or deny a special permit for a church on Lake Shore Drive West. Council members still have questions regarding the request for a special permit for Sandy Rotunda, owner of a building at 61-63 Lake Shore Drive West. The request is on behalf of Risen Savior Church of God in Christ, prospective tenant of the building. One major concern raised by the common council was whether or not the building would remain on the tax rolls and what the tax status would be under a rent-to-own agreement. The motion was tabled.

Thirty years ago – 1985

An organizational meeting for the formation of a Toastmaster’s Club in Dunkirk was held recently, according to Jack Forton, divisional lieutenant governor for the western New York area. According to Mr. Forton, Toastmaster’s is the leading movement devoted to making effective oral communications a worldwide reality. Through its more than 5,000 member clubs in 47 countries, Toastmasters helps men and women learn the arts of speaking, listening and thinking – vital skills that promote self-actualization, enhance leadership potential and foster human understanding.

Forty years ago – 1975

Since reorganizing in 1973, the Murray Hose Co. No. 4 All Firemen’s Drum and Bugle Corps has successfully completed three seasons of competition representing the Dunkirk community.

Courtney Elizabeth Conley of Silver Creek was christened at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church while wearing a dress that has been used for 14 family christenings during the past 75 years.

Fifty years ago – 1965

Charred but still standing are the 12- by 12-foot wooden beams that supported the Beachcombers Lodge at Point Gratior following an early morning fire on Oct. 10 that destroyed the Oakdale Pavilion, causing an estimated $15,000 in damages.

A 1965 Mustang convertible with power steering and a full console is being offered for sale by J.C. Brady Ford at the D&F Plaza for $2,395.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1995

Dan Mierzwa, Chester “Fats” Tarnowski, Fritz Kubera and John “Jasiu” Jakubczyk were selected to be added to the Western New York Softball Hall of Fame by the Lake Shore Region Selection Committee. Mierzwa pitched for 16 championship teams and was the dominant pitcher in the 1970s and early 1980s in the Dunkirk area. He pitched eight no-hitters and 15-one hitters in his career. Kubera was an outstanding defensive infielder, playing from 1950 to 1979. One of the outstanding players in Dunkirk in the 1950s and early 1960s, he was a .300 hitter and three-time league batting champion. Tarnowski’s softball career covered 1944 through 1974. He had two no-hitters as a pitcher and was an excellent hitter. He also played softball in the Navy, where he was the winning pitcher in the 1952 Atlantic Fleet Championship game. Jakubczyk is a 23-year softball veteran from 1960 to 1983. As a pitcher, he threw a total of 10 one-hit games and at one time compiled a 24-2 record. He was also a fine catcher and above average hitter.

Thirty years ago – 1985

Randal J. Goss recently announced he will seek the First Ward Councilman’s seat in the upcoming November election. He has received the endorsements of the Republican and Citizens parties. Goss said he decided to seek office after it took him six months to get city approval for the “Great Halloween Happening.” Goss explained, “People should not hit a roadblock in city hall with ideas, but should be helped to refine them and bring them to life.” He added that while he has many new and fresh ideas and is willing to listen to the ideas of others, he feels it will be necessary to be elected to bring those ideas to reality.

Forty years ago – 1975

St. Hyacinth’s Parish, the second-oldest Polish parish in the Diocese of Buffalo, will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a Special Mass of Thanksgiving on Oct. 19 by Bishop Edward Head. Concelebrants will be sons of the parish: The Revs. Hyacinth Welka, Anthony Struzynski, Donald Fafinski, Richard Jesionowski and Robert Stolinski.

Fifty years ago – 1965

Beecher Casson, 45, of 20 Taft Place, Dunkirk, who earned a degree in civil engineering at the University of Maine, has been appointed to the post of city engineer at a salary of $9,700.

Legalized bingo has yielded as $83.7 million profit in the seven years since it gained sanction in New York State, according to the State Bingo Control Commission.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1995

Cliffstar Corp. is considering the possibility of building an office complex in the city of Dunkirk. It would be a two- or three-story consolidated office complex to house 70 to 80 employees. The cost of the project is estimated at $3.25 million. Cliffstar is considering building the structure in either Dunkirk or Joplin, Mo., where the company also has operations. The company is seeking a financial commitment of $300,000 from Dunkirk – $150,000 from the city and $150,000 from the Dunkirk Local Development Corporation. Cliffstar is interested in starting the initial phase of construction on the project before winter.

Thirty years ago – 1985

With her wit and cooking expertise, Rebecca “Becky” Underriner of Elwood, Ind., charmed more than 1,100 persons recently. The “Today’s Home Living Ideas” home economist had a captive audience throughout her two and one half hour cooking school held in the King Concert Hall at Fredonia State University College. Co-sponsored by the OBSERVER and participating area merchants, it was a night of fun, food, flowers, fashions and prizes and the audience loved every minute of it. Their appreciation was shown via applause throughout the evening and continued rapport with the home economist.

Forty years ago – 1975

A new kiln for use by clients at the A.R.C. Sheltered Workshop at Holy Cross Apostolic Center was made possible by contributions of $200 from the Masonic/Knights of Columbus Charity Fund and $168 from two bicyclists who traveled 340 miles to Watkins Glen and back to raise the money.

Fifty years ago – 1965

Elvin Dutton, who resides at 149 Lincoln Ave., Dunkirk has returned home from Cincinnati where he attended the International Union of Brewery, Flour, Cereal, Soft Drinks and Distillery Workers of America Convention.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1995

The Forestville Apple Festival celebrated its 13th year this weekend with the apple pie contest as the main event. Contest organizer Patty Pichon, who moved to Forestville in 1989, compared the village to apple pie. “It’s like a pie itself,” she said. “You have all these different sources of strength, you put them together and you get Forestville.” Forestville’s own Anne Grugel was judged the best apple pie baker this year, followed by Mary Cheplo of Gowanda and Wilma Bolivard, also of Forestville. Seniors from Forestville High School sold candy and caramel apples. The big draw this year, as in the past, was the festival’s pork dinner, accompanied by applesauce, of course.

Thirty years ago – 1985

Karen Louise Soch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. John Soch of Middlesex Drive, Fredonia, has joined Lloyd’s of London, the 133-year-old insurance underwriting firm. She became the youngest underwriting member of Lloyd’s in the United States. She returned from London, England, after a September interview with the firm’s membership committee. A student at Arizona State University, the 22-year-old businesswoman joined a group of independent syndicates. Independent brokers and agents purchase insurance for individual clients from one of the syndicates. Miss Soch is a graduate of Fredonia High School.

Forty years ago – 1975

Spec. 4 Cindy Maternowski, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Maternowski of 223 Maple Ave., Dunkirk has received the U.S. Army commendation medal for meritorious service for exemplary traits of leadership.

Fifty years ago – 1965

Pictured in today’s OBSERVER are the Rev. Carl J. Zimmerman, chaplain manager of the Dunkirk Conference Grounds and his wife, Helen, hostess-dietician, who are retiring soon after 25 years of service.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1995

An OBSERVER editorial speaks to discipline as the top school problem. Dick Valvo, teacher at Dunkirk High School, commented, “The authority of teachers and administrators has eroded. Part of it is the attitude of the students, and the proper attitude should begin at home.” Another Dunkirk teacher, Joseph Sweeny, put it this way: “Discipline is still the No. 1 problem. Often, it doesn’t seem as if there are any answers. It’s a symptom of the general disregard for authority.” A recent nationwide poll indicates that Americans rate poor discipline as their top concern about public schools.

Thirty years ago – 1985

From Ad News: The National Frozen Food Association has selected Tops Friendly Markets as recipient of its 1985 Golden Penguin Award for excellence in frozen food sales and merchandising from a nationwide field of over 400 entrants. … The Log Cabin Restaurant in Van Buren recently reopened under the new management of Michael and Chris Shuart. … William Fitzgibbons, service manager of Pagano Tractor and Implement, Inc., in Sheridan has been selected to represent Northeastern U.S. Ford Tractor dealerships as a delegate to the Ford Tractor Operations’ Service Manager Advisory Council.

Forty years ago – 1975

Frederick S. Borowski, son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Borowski of Park Avenue, Dunkirk recently earned a doctor of philosophy degree in ancient history and classics from the University of Cincinnati.

This year’s High Fever Follies has a lot of fresh young faces, among them, personable Doug Mahany, who does a mean Calypso dance with Starr Probst, and a meaner Charleston with Maureen DelPopolo.

Fifty years ago – 1965

Senior class officers at Dunkirk High School include Susan Dolce, president; Christine Vandette, vice president; Mary Lou Ticknor, secretary; Sandra Warren, recording secretary; and Joseph Catalano, treasurer.

“The Four Freshmen” gave two performances at the opening event of the program for Homecoming Weekend at Fredonia State University College.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1995

A 19th century house on West Main Street in the village of Gowanda has been occupied by the members of the same family since 1848. Located at 145 West Main St., the home is currently owned by attorney Bruce Musacchio and his sister, Jean Pyle. Prior to that it was owned by the late Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Musacchio. The home was formerly known as the Hurd House as it was purchased in 1848 by Judge Ashbel Hurd, a noted early settler, and the great-grandfather of Helen Musacchio. At that time, the house served as a fine, local farm with 13.5 acres of land. This house is unique in that it has been mostly preserved in its original form. Many of the furnishings have graced the house since 1848.

Thirty years ago – 1985

Gourmet Diners Club of America has presented its 1985 Silver Spoon Award to the White Inn in Fredonia. The club presents the award in recognition of the restaurant’s contribution to fine dining. Diner members across the country participate in the selection of the award recipient by nominating their favorite restaurants. Members also critique restaurants and contribute suggestions for improvements. The club aspires to continually upgrade dining standards in the United States and Canada. Only 355 restaurants received this award in 1984.

Forty years ago – 1975

Installed as president of the Silver Creek Kiwanis Club at the Revere Inn was Sam Crino. Presenting him with the ceremonial gavel was outgoing president Roy Roberts.

Fredonia Mayor Charles St. George has joined Fredonia area residents in proclaiming Oct. 14 as Donald C. Reinhoudt Jr. Day to honor his accomplishments in having won the World’s Powerlifting Championships each of the last three years.

Fifty years ago – 1965

Classroom displays are being set up for the convention of the Southwestern Zone of the New York State Teachers Association which opens tomorrow morning at Fredonia State University College to an expected attendance of 2,700 teachers.

In an attempt to alleviate the shortage of parking spaces, the Fredonia Village Board and police department have decided to remove about 40 parking meters in the downtown section.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1995

Today’s edition of the EVENING OBSERVER is the largest ever published – 120 pages. It is the result of Advertiser Appreciation Day which allowed businesses to purchase full-page ads at up to 80 percent off regular open rates. The 100 full-page advertisements are thought to be a record for a single issue of a full-sized daily newspaper in the state of New York. A full page inside the advertising sections is dedicated to a Trivia Contest with a $100 prize to the reader who correctly answers the most questions regarding the advertisements and is judged the winner.

Thirty years ago – 1985

Union steelworkers from Roblin Steel in Dunkirk are voting on a proposal today that would give the company more contract concessions to help in its fight to survive its economic troubles. Roblin, which employs about 180 workers at its Dunkirk plant, is operating under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Act and is attempting to reorganize. The company feels the concessions are needed in order to allow the company to emerge from the reorganization as a viable concern.

Forty years ago – 1975

This week’s People in Profile subject is David C. Banach of Fredonia, a well-known area magician who, as a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, has shared his talents at numerous fundraising events.

More than 4,000 pounds of “junk” was brought to the surface by 40 scuba divers who combed the bottom of the Dunkirk Harbor during the annual Trash Derby sponsored by the Chautauqua County Scuba Divers Association.

Fifty years ago – 1965

The Ecumenical Council taking place in Rome has declared that religious habits will be modified in “keeping with the times” in an attempt to get priests, nuns and monks into 20th century dress.

Surgeons in Washington successfully removed the gallbladder as well as a kidney stone from President Lyndon Johnson.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1995

O.J. Simpson was acquitted on Oct. 3 of murdering his ex-wife and her friend, a suspense-filled climax to the courtroom saga that obsessed the nation. With two words, “not guilty,” the jury freed the fallen sports legend to try to rebuild a life thrown into disgrace. Sobs could be heard in the courtroom as the verdicts, acquitting Simpson of both first- and second-degree murder, were read. Simpson hugged his attorney, Johnnie Cochran Jr. Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson, 35, and her friend Ronald Goldman, 25, were slain June 12, 1994.

Thirty years ago – 1985

Gilbert W. Snyder Jr. recently announced his intention to seek the office of Dunkirk Third Ward Councilman as a candidate for the Republican and Citizen parties. A graduate of Cardinal Mindszenty High School, Mr. Snyder served in the U.S. Army from 1971 to 1973 as a computer programmer. Upon discharge, he continued his studies at Fredonia State University College, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. He is currently employed at AL Tech Specialty Steel and is associated with the family business, Snyder Realty. Mr. Snyder served four years on the Dunkirk Youth Bureau Board, three years on the Dunkirk Recreation Commission, and was elected chairman of the city’s Civil Service Commission for the last four years of his six-year term.

Forty years ago – 1975

Muhammad Ali scored a technical knockout against Joe Frazier in the 14th round of the boxing bout in Manila to retain his world heavyweight title.

Two women’s church groups, St. Mary’s Guild of the former St. Mary’s Church and St. Ann’s Society of the former Sacred Heart Church, have united to form the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Guild.

Fifty years ago – 1965

Albert M. Woodcock, Chautauqua County disaster chairman, is among 510 American Red Cross workers in New Orleans, La., to aid the more than 200,000 individuals directly affected by Hurricane Betsy’s destructive journey.

Dunkirk Police claim they have solved a series of mysterious fires at the residence of Willard Fredricks, 727 Main St., with the apprehension of a 7-year-old Dunkirk boy. Police say entry was gained by using a skeleton key in a side door.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1995

Two real Maniacs will visit the Fredonia State University College campus this weekend. John Lombardo and Mary Ramsey, once known as the musical duo John and Mary and now members of the popular alternative/rock group 10,000 Maniacs, will bring their music to the Campus Center for an open performance. Ms. Ramsey, formerly of Fredonia and now living in Buffalo, joined the 10,000 Maniacs earlier this year following the decision of former lead singer Natalie Merchant to pursue her talents independently. John and Mary are widely known among Western New Yorkers for their mixing modern music with the melodic sounds of Ms. Ramsey’s viola and have released two albums since they former in 1989: “Victory Gardens” and “The Weedkiller’s Daughter.”

Thirty years ago – 1985

Ernest T. Brown of 88 Mill St., Brocton recently presented his plans for a 46-apartment complex for the elderly and the handicapped off Matteson Street on the site of Fredonia’s former sewer plant. It will be located next to Canadaway Creek in the village’s northwest corner. Mr. Brown said he sees a need for housing for the handicapped and the elderly, noting that the area’s existing facilities have long waiting lists. He added that he has spoken to local businessmen about investing in the project and plans to apply for state and federal funding because it involves the elderly and the handicapped. The biggest obstacle appears to be the rezoning of the area to permit multiple dwellings.

Forty years ago – 1975

Penny Seneca, 14-year-old daughter of Douglas Seneca of Route 438 on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, was crowned Indian Princess of this year’s Indian Fall Festival held recently on the Saylor Complex grounds. Valerie Redeye of Salamanca was first runner-up; Winfred John, 14, also of Salamanca, was named second runner-up.

Fifty years ago – 1965

Electrically operated cranes for use in Africa will be completely assembled and tested at Dunkirk’s Progress Park, crated and shipped to their destination. The local employment office is seeking 40 skilled and experienced workers for this project, expected to take at least three months.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1995

The Kosciuszko Polish Home Association held its Diamond Jubilee Celebration on Sept. 9. The 75th celebration of its founding was attended by 225 people. Among them were special guests, Edward Gornikiewicz, James Wisniewski and Frank Grupa Jr., all past presidents. Geraldine Ziegler is the current president. The Invocation was given by the Rev. Joseph Janaczek, pastor of St. Hedwig’s Church. Music was provided by Big Steve and the Bellaires, a polka band well known throughout the Western New York area.

Thirty years ago – 1985

The Dunkirk Common Council will consider a resolution to donate the city’s King Neptune water fountain to the Dunkirk Historical Society. The historical society plans to seek a grant to have the water fountain restored by an accredited artist. The fountain once graced the center of Washington Park. But when its condition began to deteriorate several years ago, it was removed and put in storage at the city’s water works building on Robin Street. And there it sat, until last spring when the Chautauqua County Armed Forces Memorial Park Corp. proposed restoring it for display at the veterans park it was building at the Point Gratiot Lighthouse. The council passed a resolution turning the fountain over to the group, but before it actually took possession, the historical society reminded the council that it had been promised the statue several years ago and still had plans to someday restore it.

Forty years ago – 1975

The Most Rev. Edward Head, Bishop of Buffalo, is shown accepting the offertory gifts during a recent Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Bishop Head paid a surprise visit to the newly formed parish only days after returning from Rome where he attended the canonization of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

Fifty years ago – 1965

Pictured are some former Dunkirk Industrial High School students, who are the first to use some of the facilities at the new Dunkirk High School. They spend one-half day at the new school taking vocational shop courses and the other half day at the old Dunkirk High for their academic classes. The entire new school will not be ready for occupancy for at least two months.

Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1995

The city of Dunkirk’s first revaluation project in more than 20 years is set to start in the south end of the Second Ward. That was the word as KVS Systems, the firm overseeing the project, held an informational meeting at Dunkirk High School. Turnout for the meeting was surprisingly light, with fewer than 20 in attendance, many of whom were city officials. The project will conclude in July 1997. The first phase is data collection in which KVS data collectors will take an inventory of all properties in the city. The data collectors will ask residents for permission to measure the exterior and make a brief interior inspection. However, residents are not required to let the inspector into their homes.

Thirty years ago – 1985

Sarah Caldwell, artistic director and founder of the Opera Company of Boston, recently inaugurated the academic year at Fredonia State University College by addressing the seventh annual Academic Convocation in King Concert Hall. She presented the address: “Opera, An Extravagant Heritage.” Miss Caldwell has gained a national reputation as an opera producer, conductor, stage director and administrator, and has been featured in the media for her colorful personality and controversial ideas. “The New Yorker” has called her, “The single best thing in American opera.” She is the only woman who has conducted at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

Forty years ago – 1975

State Supreme Court Justice Joseph P. Kuszynski has ordered the city of Dunkirk to reinstate Louis R. Barone as a lieutenant in the city police department.

The Westfield community was shocked and saddened to learn that Brett Duncan Smith, a 17-year-old Westfield Academy senior and captain of the school’s football team, died today in the intensive care unit of St. Vincent’s Hospital in Erie, four days after collapsing at a football game in Westfield.

Fifty years ago – 1965

Frank Jankowski and his wife, the former Clara Gestwicki, were honored on the occasion of their 61st wedding anniversary with a surprise party at their home on Middle Road, Dunkirk. The party was given by their children.

Michael Quigley, a Dunkirk High School senior, was named a semi-finalist in the National Merit Scholarship competition. Leonard Ippolito and Thomas Bingham, also DHS seniors, received letters of commendation.

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