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Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999

Deacon Don Moore of Stockton Community Church rejoiced following the Bible Verse Run from Brocton to Stockton that was held recently. He promised the church’s youth that he would run one mile for every 100 Bible verses they learned. The kids produced, learning over 800 verses. Deacon Moore ran from his home to the church, about 7.5 miles. Flashing lights, honking horns, shouts of joy, loud applause and a hymn of praise greeted him as he entered the church.

Thirty years ago — 1989

A ground-breaking ceremony for the $6≥2 million expansion project at Brooks Hospital in Dunkirk will take place May 10. The ceremony is being held in conjunction with Brooks Hospital’s observance of National Hospital Week. This year’s Hospital Week theme is: “Our Hospital: Wellspring of the Community.” Like a well-spring, a hospital is a constantly renewing resource for its community.

Forty years ago — 1979

Alumni and friends of Cardinal Mindszenty High School have begun a movement to organize the Cardinal Mindszenty Association. A spokesman for the group said its purpose will be to ensure preservation of the school’s historical memorabilia, maintain class records locally, retain a closeness and friendship between alumni and friends of the school for the past 29 years through religious and social activities, and sponsor and support any related projects and activities deemed important by the members in future years.

Fifty years ago — 1969

The valedictorian and salutatorian for the 1969 graduating class at Dunkirk High School are Donna Parmelee and Mary Ann Kolassa. Ranking first in her class of 234 with a scholastic average of 98.03, Donna is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Parmelee of Brigham Road, Dunkirk. The salutatorian, with an average of 96.67, Mary Ann is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Florian Kolassa, 226 Maple Ave., Dunkirk. Donna plans to attend Fredonia State University College, while Mary Ann is enrolled at Rosary Hill College in Buffalo for September.

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