Twenty years ago – 1999

A history has been written of the Northern Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce since its inception in 1979 to the present. Dr. Dallas Beal, the first president of the Northern Chautauqua Chamber, presented a copy of the history to Joseph Budzinski, the current president. The occasion was celebrated with a recent dinner at the Fireside Manor attended by Chamber members.

Thirty years ago — 1989

For its first term as a regionalized parochial school, Northern Chautauqua Catholic School in Dunkirk had a total of 175 students walk through the doors. According to school principal Rosemary Pitre, 87 boys and 88 girls are attending the K-8 school. In December, school organizers said 150 students were needed to feasibly operate the school system. The school is located in the former Holy Trinity Catholic School building.

Forty years ago – 1979

Interest continues to grow in the arts and crafts festival held each spring and fall by the Women’s Committee of the Chautauqua County Fair Association. The recent fall weekend festival attracted more than 2,000 people to the Dunkirk Fairgrounds. There were about 120 booths offering a large variety of handmade or handcrafted items.

Fifty years ago — 1969

The Starliners, majorettes of the Village Youth Recreation Commission, will be featured at the Grape Bowl football game scheduled between Silver Creek Central and Eisenhower High School. The Starliners will present a demonstration at halftime and will also participate in the float parade and marching parade at the Grape Festival. The 17 members, who range in age from 6 to 15, are under the direction of Mrs. Elmer Schwenkel.


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