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Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999

Jo Ann Mancuso will be honored, along with her husband, Samuel C. Mancuso, when the Dunkirk Chamber of Commerce presents its second annual Outstanding Achievement Award. Extremely active in the community, Mrs. Mancuso has been a religious educator for 26 years. The couple has been deeply involved in the Dunkirk Harborfront Beautification Project, with an emphasis toward participation by Catholic Youth Organization members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish.

Thirty years ago — 1989

With one of the lowest voter turnouts ever recorded, incumbents Grace Knaak and Dr. Robert Manzella were re-elected to serve another five-year term on the Dunkirk Board of Education. Both candidates ran unopposed. Only 68 voters, compared to last year’s 611, showed up at the polls for the election to cast a total of 136 votes. Ms. Knaak received 62 votes and Dr. Manzella picked up 50.

Forty years ago — 1979

The Dunkirk Housing Authority and the Court Apartments Tenants Association fought like cats and dogs over the authority’s policy that bans pets from the city’s two public housing complexes. The authority, which manages the two housing complexes — the Court Apartments for families and the Steger Apartments for senior citizens — has initiated legal action to evict six Court Apartment’s tenants who allegedly are violating their leases by keeping pets. The Court Apartments Tenants Association is appealing to the housing board to amend the lease to permit pets at least on a trial basis.

Fifty years ago — 1969

Dunkirk’s Board of Education will have a new look come July 1. Constantine P. Elias and Clarence H. Snyder were elected to five-year terms on the board by decisive margins. Ousted as a result of the vote were the current president, Mrs. Peter C. Meister and the vice president, Frederick E. Strauser. Mrs. Meister has served for seven years and Mr. Strauser for five. Mr. Elias, who led all vote-getters with 1,025 votes, is secretary of Jim’s Cleaners. Mr. Snyder is a Dunkirk attorney.

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