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Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999

The Mary E. Seymour Memorial Free Library is celebrating a century of service to the Stockton community on June 26. The event kicks off at noon with the dedication of the new circulation desk hand crafted out of oak by an Amish artisan to match the decor of the library’s antique interior. Speakers at the ceremony will be Stockton Supervisor Allen Chase and Chautauqua County Executive Mark Thomas. Through arrangements with the U.S. Post Office, a special cancellation stamp will be set up at the library on this anniversary date.

Thirty years ago — 1989

Three $1,000 scholarships were awarded recently by Dunkirk American Legion Post 62 ot local high school seniors. The 1988-89 post commander, Thomas Haynes, presented the scholarships to Marcy Ricotta of Dunkirk, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph C. Ricotta; Ryan Hurley of Fredonia, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Hurley; and Matthew Hanlon of Dunkirk, son of Mr. and Mrs. Philip E. Hanlon.

Forty years ago — 1979

The sixth-grade class at Main Street School in Silver Creek has purchased t-shirts with all of the sixth-graders’ names, the names of the school faculty and the name of Michael Goth, elementary principal, silk-screened on them. The shirts commemorate the last sixth-grade graduating class from the school which will be closed as an educational facility. The t-shirt was created by sixth-grade teacher Louis Carvalho. Mrs. Lee (Edith) Burmaster Downer of Silver Creek, a member of the first graduating class at the Main Street School in 1922, also was presented with a t-shirt.

Fifty years ago — 1969

Three Democrats who ran without the endorsement of the city committee won nominations in the recent primary in the city of Dunkirk. The winners were Samuel Moreeno for councilman-at-large; Leon A. Damian for second ward councilman; and Eugene Szocki for supervisor from the first and fourth wards.

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