Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999

Matthew Dybka, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Dybka of Cherry Creek, was recently named the winner of the 1999 DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award. The award, sponsored nationwide by the DEKALB Genetics Corporation, is presented to the outstanding high school senior agricultural student demonstrating superior scholarship, leadership and agricultural experiences. The DEKALB award is considered the highest honor an agricultural student can receive at the local level. Matthew attends Pine Valley High School and plans to enroll at SUNY Morrisville to major in Ag Engineering.

Thirty years ago — 1989

The Dunkirk Local Development Corporation approved a $34,580 low interest loan to Third Ward Councilman Mark Speziale Jr. and a partner for the purchase of the Kettle and Keg Restaurant at 243 Lake Shore Drive East Mr. Speziale and Amy McCoy of Irving will purchase the restaurant for $138,320, with $82,500 coming from private financing, $21,240 from cash equity and $34,580 from the DLDC small business revolving loan program. The present owners of the restaurant, William and Rita Bremer, opened for business in 1974, but have decided to sell the establishment in order to retire.

Forty years ago — 1979

A special presentation was made by the Rev. Donald Fafinski, principal of Cardinal Mindszenty High School, to the Dunkirk Historical Society. Father Fafinski gave a copy of the 1954 CMHS yearbook to the Society along with a framed photograph taken of the Rev. Joseph Wroblewski and Cardinal Jozef Mindszenty, for whom the school is named, at the time of the Cardinal’s visit on May 22, 1974. The last 1979 CMHS yearbook will also be given to the Historical Society.

Fifty years ago — 1969

Dave Criscione, who may make athletics his career, received two awards at the third annual Dunkirk High School all-sports banquet in the school cafeteria. The rugged senior, who was recently drafted by the Washington Senators, but has not yet made a decision regarding his future, received the most valuable player award for baseball and also was presented the Boys “D” Club award for excellence in sports. He received a standing ovation. A crowd of about 250 persons made it the largest all-sports banquet at DHS so far.

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