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Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1999

Hiring a consultant to study the feasibility of passenger rail service in the city of Dunkirk at a fee of $12,000 has been approved by the Dunkirk Common Council. A resolution sponsored by 4th Ward Councilwoman Janet Jankowski George authorizes a contract with Duchsherer & Obserst, PC, of Buffalo to provide analysis on the proposed Amtrak passenger facility on 3rd and Main streets and to assess the feasibility of a multi-modal facility in downtown Dunkirk.

Thirty years ago — 1989

The Awana Club of the Stockton Community Church received recognition and a plaque for winning first place in the Western New York area at the Awana Leaders Conference in Hamburg. This is the third consecutive year Stockton has placed first among 56 clubs. Highest overall scoring of completed handbooks, and clubbers and leaders in uniform were part of the qualifications for this award.

Forty years ago – 1979

Dunkirk’s administrator of urban renewal and the highest paid employee in the city Department of Development has been assigned to handle the rudimentary task of inspecting sidewalk construction. Administrator Valentine Hertig, who has a salary of $16,500, has been temporarily transferred from the development department to the city public works department. Mr. Hertig will inspect work under the city’s new 50-50 cost-sharing sidewalk replacement.

Fifty years ago — 1969

Members of Murray Hose Co. No. 4 were elated when they were finally able to move into their new, modern and commodious fire hall on Doughty Street in Dunkirk. But they didn’t realize how easy things were going to be in their new quarters. The first fire the men were called on to put out required a minimum of effort and they didn’t even have to drive the rig out of the hall.

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