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Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1999

As part of the recent Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Fredonia in observance of the parish’s 100th anniversary, the Most Rev. Henry J. Mansell, D.D., Bishop of Buffalo, blessed the refinished gold Tabernacle and its brand new table constructed from sections of the church’s former altar rail. The Mass was celebrated by Bishop Mansell with several priests concelebrating, including the pastor, the Rev. Charles J. Zadora.

Thirty years ago — 1989

The U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the Intercontinental Apparel Company, 407 East Chestnut St., Dunkirk for alleged willful violations of the OSHA safety standards. Fines totaling $10,000 have been levied against the company after OSHA investigated the facility on March 16 of this year. The investigation was brought about after OSHA received a formal complaint from one of the firm’s employees.

Forty years ago – 1979

Twelve hundred people, a capacity crowd, filled Dunkirk Middle School auditorium for the “Homemaker ’79 Cooking School” sponsored by the OBSERVER and participating merchants. The first 1,000 received individual packages containing discount coupons, cookbooks, product samples, OBSERVER pens and registration cards. Karl T. Davis, advertising director, welcomed the guests on behalf of the newspaper, its employees and management.

Fifty years ago — 1969

Neil Chaffie, Republican candidate for mayor of Dunkirk, has promised to take several tax-saving steps if the “united Republican team” is victorious. Chaffie promised a cut in the mayor’s salary from $10,000 to $8,500, abolishment of the position of welfare services director in Dunkirk, and a study by the Common Council of the possible merger of the Dunkirk Youth Bureau and the city recreation bureau into a single agency.

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