Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999

Village of Gowanda resident Mary A. Stelley has been named president of the New York State Business and Professional Women’s Club. After serving two years as the organization’s first vice president, she assumed her post as president today, a day which the Collins Town Board has adopted as “Mary Stelley Day” in the Town of Collins. She is only the second woman from the Southern Tier to be elected president of the state BPW. The first was Dorothy Mangano of Silver Creek.

Thirty years ago — 1989

The Dunkirk Local Development Corporation next week will consider its first application for a loan under the city’s new small business revolving loan program. The Department of Development has recommended that the DLDC approve a $45,000 loan to Steven and Kay Ribbing of Jamestown who want to purchase and renovate Dudley’s Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor at the Dunkirk-Fredonia Plaza. The Ribbings own two Davidson’s Restaurants in Lakewood and Falconer and will operate their new restaurant under the name of Ribbing’s Restaurant.

Forty years ago — 1979

Steven Zaccari, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Zaccari, 78 King St., Dunkirk has been selected Student of the Week. A senior at Cardinal Mindszenty High School, Steve has been a member of the National Honor Society for the past three years. He is currently Student Council treasurer and an active member and officer of the Kiwanis-sponsored Key Club. Steve has been accepted at Canisius College where he has enrolled as a business administration major.

Fifty years ago — 1969

Joe “Big Cat” Williams of Wesleyville, Pa., was named the recipient of the “Outstanding Senior Athletic Award” — the Joseph Keyser trophy — at the annual athletic awards banquet held recently at Fredonia State University College. Williams, who also was named outstanding player on the basketball team, received a standing ovation from a large crowd in the Cranston Hall dining room. Tom Burkiewicz, a sophomore from Fredonia, was the presented the outstanding athletic trophies for both cross country and track.

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