Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999

During a recent meeting of the Chautauqua County Legislature, Joseph Porpiglia of Dunkirk was confirmed as the county’s new director of human resources on a 13-11 partyline vote. Republicans had opposed the confirmation stating in an earlier press release that Mr. Porpiglia was “another political appointment” by County Executive Mark Thomas and also implied that he may not be qualified for the position.

Thirty years ago — 1989

James Mills of East Aurora is the newly-hired superintendent for the Silver Creek Central School District. He replaces current superintendent Dr. Andrea Stein. Mr. Mills holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in history. He also has done doctoral work at the University of Buffalo. His three-year contract will begin in June at an annual salary of $57,000.

Forty years ago — 1979

The newly renovated Dunkirk city pier, its blacktop surface pitted by a large number of holes and cracks, has been closed to vehicular traffic. The decision to close the pier to traffic was made after surface damage was inspected by city officials, representatives of the engineering firm that designed the $1.1 million project and members of the construction company that performed the work. Fishermen and pedestrians will be permitted on the pier at their own risk.

Fifty years ago — 1969

Student of the Week is Jerry Paul Becker, 18-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Becker of Dennison Road, Forestville. The fifth-ranking student in his senior class, Jerry received a Regents scholarship in addition to a scholarship from the University of Rochester, where he plans to attend in September as an engineering major. He was the recipient of the National Mathematics Association Award in his junior year.

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