Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999

Niagara Mohawk power plants spewed more than 5.78 pounds of toxic chemicals into the environment in 1998, according to a report the utility filed with the federal government. The toxic emissions, 97 percent of which came from the Huntley and Dunkirk coal-fired power plants near Buffalo, establish Niagara Mohawk as one of the leading polluters in New York State. In comparison, Eastman Kodak, the state’s top polluter, released 6.96 pounds of pollutants in 1997.

Thirty years ago — 1989

Angela Wayne Randazzo will be the keynote speaker at the commencement exercises for the Class of 1989 at Silver Creek Central School. A 1965 graduate of Silver Creek Central, Miss Randazzo has worked as an actress, playing a bridesmaid in “The Godfather” and appearing in daytime dramas such as “Love of Life” and “Another World” and stage plays such as “Dark of the Moon” and “A Waltz in Moonlight.” A magna cum laude graduate of Fredonia State University College, she also has directed plays in New York City, Los Angeles and at Universal Studios.

Forty years ago — 1979

The rededication of the pinoak tree planted at Cardinal Mindszenty High School on May 22, 1974 took place recently outside St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Faculty and students from Mindszenty were present for the ceremony which was held following the school Mass. Mindszenty’s principal, the Rev. Donald Fafinski, authorized the transference of the tree to ensure its continued growth, in memory of the Cardinal, since his namesake school will be closed at the end of the month.

Fifty years ago — 1969

Top honor students at Cardinal Mindszenty High School are Joan Palcic, valedictorian; and Carl Nasca, salutatorian. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Palcic of Broadway Road, Gowanda, Joan is secretary of the senior class and the National Honor Society. She will major in French at Fredonia State. Carl is the son of Mrs. Mary Nasca, 136 Chestnut St., and the late Carl Nasca. He is the current president of the National Honor Society and served as president of his sophomore class. He will attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to major in engineering.

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