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Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1999

Members of the Patel family were joined by officials from Chautauqua County, the city and town of Dunkirk and the county Chamber of Commerce as they cut the ribbon recently to officially mark the grand opening of the Best Western on Vineyard Drive. The two-story, 61-room hotel features an indoor pool, spa, exercise room, executive and jacuzzi suites and weekend get-away packages. The adjacent Sunny Vineyard Inn and Restaurant will remain open, according to the Patels, who own all the facilities.

Thirty years ago — 1989

An OBSERVER “Do You Remember?” photo features the female students from Cardinal Mindszenty High School in Dunkirk who met for a Hawaiian party in 1962. The guests attending were Janet Griswold Centner, Judy Halas Mikula, Margaret Carey, Joan Dean (special guest), Pat Dobryznski Kaus, Sally Gostomski Sanderson and Darlen Ginley Miga, who hosted the party. The photo was submitted by Mrs. Paul Ginley.

Forty years ago – 1979

A full study of Chautauqua County’s potential for establishing and maintaining its own mass transit system will require a lot more information and public input than is now available. Not until gas reaches more than $1.50 a gallon can anyone expect much interest in the idea of the county-wide mass transport system.

Fifty years ago — 1969

The Tremaine Insurance Agency was completed its move to its new location at 66 East Main Street in Fredonia. The move features one of Fredonia’s oldest businesses taking up residence in one of the village’s oldest homes. The agency was previously located at 13 Water St. The Tremaine Agency began insuring the area in 1860. It was established by Gaius and Eunice Tremaine and passed on to their son, Gaius Tremaine Jr. Today the business is co-owned by Douglas Golder and Bruce Day.

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