Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999

Perhaps the best high school softball pitcher in Western New York this season is Jessica York, who pitches for the Pine Valley Panthers. One has only to look at her statistics to see how dominant she has been over her opponents. Her record is 22-0, she has 215 strikeouts compared to only 25 walks and the opponent’s batting average is around .085. Jessica has allowed only 14 earned runs all season and has seven no-hitters and six one-hitters to her credit. She believes her off-season work is the main reason for her success.

Thirty years ago — 1989

From City Shorts ….. City of Dunkirk Police Chief Andrew Balzer is cautioning residents t o ask door-to-door salesmen to see the city identification badges they are required to obtain before selling in the city. Chief Balzer said that he has been receiving complaints about unregistered salesmen trying to talk elderly residents into buying insurance policies. If a salesman does not have a city identification badge, residents are asked to call police headquarters.

Forty years ago — 1979

A HAPPY ENDING — On the front page of the May 30 OBSERVER was a story about a Fredonia boy who found a bicycle, wanted to keep it for himself because he didn’t have one, but knew that wasn’t the right thing to do. John Schrantz, 14, son of Mrs. Barbara Schrantz of McClenathan’s Trailer Court, Fredonia found the 10-speed bike in the woods behind Owl Mobile Homes. The bike was turned over to the state police who located the owner, Mary Hoffman, 412 Eagle St., Dunkirk. “I can’t afford a bike for him,” commented the boy’s mother, a widow and the mother of five. Today, the eighth-grade student at Fredonia Middle School has a bicycle, courtesy of Frank Hoffman, Mary’s father. Mr. Hoffman is manager of the JC Penney Store at the D & F Plaza.

Fifty years ago — 1969

Armand J. Petri of Silver Creek is known throughout much of the East and Midwest as the “cookie king.” Starting his operation in Silver Creek 19 years ago, Petri Homelike Cookies are produced at the rate of more than one million cookies a week, or about 52 million cookies a year. The facilities at 241 Central Ave. employ about 45 people in one of the most automated plants in the East. The two up-to-date ovens can handle any of the 28 different varieties made by Petri’s. The company is the largest property taxpayer in Silver Creek.

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