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Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999

A new village entrance sign has been erected on West Main Street in Fredonia, marking the completion of a beautification project to welcome visitors to this historic community. Trustee Patrick Damore, project chairman, said the latest sign was donated by the Fredonia Chamber of Commerce and the Wimodausis Club. It notes that the village of Fredonia was founded in 1829.

Thirty years ago — 1989

A Japanese exchange student, on her way to visit a friend in Fredonia, was among those who survived a recent crash of a United Airlines DC-10 in Sioux City, Iowa. Tricia Kleparek of 183 Chestnut St., Fredonia said her friend, Akiko Moto, 19, of Kanazawa in central Japan, was traveling from Denver to Chicago to catch a connecting flight to Buffalo. Akiko escaped serious injury when the plane crashed in a cornfield just short of the airport runway. At least 78 people were killed, with 43 others missing and believed dead.

Forty years ago — 1979

The Dunkirk Landmark and Preservation Board has named St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church and the Boorady Optical building as local landmarks. The Boorady building at Main and Ruggles streets formerly housed Rue-Kert’s feed store and once was the home of the Dunkirk Iron Works.

Fifty years ago — 1969

A “Cougar Track Fund” to provide out-of-pocket expenses for the establishment of a track at Cassadaga Valley High School has been established. Cassadaga is one of the few high schools in Western New York that does not have its own track. The board of education has agreed to put a track on unused land at the Sinclairville grade school.

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