Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999

Jessica Eimers of Ripley took first place at the “Talents for Christ” state vocal competition held at Horseheads. She was awarded a $400 college scholarship. On June 27, Jessica will have the opportunity to compete at the national level competition to be held in Bellevue, Wash., for a one-year full tuition scholarship. A junior at Ripley Central School, she is the daughter of Richard and Stephanie Eimers of Westside Hill Road, Ripley.

Thirty years ago — 1989

A dedication ceremony was held at the Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving to mark the official opening of the new chapel near the main lobby. Furnishings for the new chapel are being purchased through donations from the community. The stained glass window was donated by Richard Millar of Silver Creek and carpentry was donated by Forestville craftsman, Allan Campaign. The new chapel will provide a quiet place for prayer and meditation for patients, residents, visitors and employees.

Forty years ago — 1979

Ranking first in her class of 226 seniors at Dunkirk High School with an average of 98.35 is Nancy Ann Gula, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Gula. She plans to major in business administration at Fredonia State. The salutatorian, with an average of 96.63, is Susan Alane Ebert. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Ebert, she also plans to major in business administration at Fredonia State.

Fifty years ago — 1969

The long-delayed high rise apartment building for the elderly received final federal approval recently. The 11-story high rise project, which is to be located at the foot of Main Street in Dunkirk, on the shore of Lake Erie, will cost well over $2 million and will provide living accommodations for elderly persons displaced by urban renewal. Other seniors citizens will be eligible for the project under federally prescribed guidelines.

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