Twenty years ago – 1999

While village of Sinclairville historian Don Jordan was documenting the 190th anniversary of the community’s founding in 1809, plans were in the works by village officials to honor him for his more than 30 years of dedication to his historic role. Mr. Jordan was presented with a plaque thanking him for his many years of service to Sinclairville as Mayor Dean Houser proclaimed Donald L. Jordan Week in the village.

Thirty years ago — 1989

Sara Baker Michalak of Fredonia, fiber artist and weaver, has received the prestigious New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for 1988-1989 and is the first Chautauqua County artist so honored. According to the Foundation, the $6,000 award was given (in the crafts category) “solely on the basis of creative excellence by peer-panel review and is intended to provide encouragement and support for continued artistic work.

Forty years ago – 1979

Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation is looking into the possibility of building a new service center in the Dunkirk-Fredonia area as the result of floods which hit its substation located near the banks of Canadaway Creek in Fredonia. A final decision as to whether they repair the substation at 19 Norton Place or build a new service center is up to the firm’s senior management. Forty of the company’s vehicles and 15 private cars were damaged in the flash floods on Aug. 7.

Fifty years ago — 1969

Pamela Ballotin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Ballotin, 23 Lowell Place, Fredonia, is the Calendar Girl for the month of October. A member of the National Honor Society and Tri Hi-Y, she is also a cheerleader and a member of the junior class executive committee. She plans to major in psychology in college.


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