Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999

The New York State Senate unanimously confirmed Gov. George Pataki’s nomination of Stephen W. Cass to the position of Chautauqua County Surrogate Court Judge. The governor called Judge Cass “an outstanding jurist” and said he’s “confident that Judge Cass will continue to serve the people with great distinction in his new position of public service.”

Thirty years ago — 1989

Formerly of New York City, Marcia Dalby-Belliotti now resides in Dunkirk and continues to garner recognition as a sculptor while devoting a great deal of her time as the wife of Raymond Belliotti of the philosophy faculty at Fredonia State University College and as the mother of two children. Currently the artist is looking forward to the Upstate New York Exhibit at the National Museum in Washington and the State Museum at Albany. She is one of 20 upstate women artists in the show.

Forty years ago — 1979

On April 10, Leo Pakula, who resides at 224 Maple Ave., Dunkirk saw a news photo of the USS Nautilus sailing down the Thames River en route to California and decommissioning at the Mare Island Naval shipyard. “That picture was worth a thousand words to me,” Mr. Pakula said. “And seeing it stirred a lot of memories of Dunkirk’s old Alco plant. Mr. Pakula recalled that it was 1952 when the plant was working on a secret project for the Westinghouse Corp. This project involved component parts for a nuclear submarine, the first of its kind. The Nautilus was ready for trial runs by the beginning of 1955.

Fifty years ago — 1969

According to Sister Marie Baptista, the Boorady Reading Center is not out of business but will have to cut many of its programs. The $75,049 grant which the center received through the Office of Economic Opportunity falls far below the $110,000 requested by Sister Marie and it will mean that hiring new teachers, bringing in more pupils or expanding pilot programs are out of the question.

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