Thirty years ago — 1989
Two Silver Creek High School seniors recently traveled abroad as representatives of the American Field Service program. Janet Schulenberg and Rebecca Strzempka were the first Silver Creek students in many years to participate in the AFS program. Janet visited Portugal for seven weeks and Becky spent the summer in the Dominican Republic.
Forty years ago — 1979
A feature story rehashes the life of one of Dunkirk’s most famous dogs. “Dutch,” the well known Dalmatian member of Dunkirk Hose Co. No. 1 on East Fourth St., arrived there as a puppy in 1955, a gift of George Dutton of Westfield. Admitted to the department as a fire hydrant inspector, the dog was named Dutch because he was stubborn just like a Dutchman, according to his handler Jack Oliver. The dog made daily tours of Leopard and Deer streets for table scraps and was so well known, traffic would stop for him. When he was put to sleep, barely able to walk, at the age of 14 Hose 1 passed a resolution of respect for Dutch that still hangs on the company wall.
Fifty years ago — 1969
Dunkirk’s Republicans, who hadn’t won at the polls in over a decade, celebrated their recent election victory with a dinner party at the Acquavia Post. The highlight of the evening was the introduction of F. Neil Chaffie as Dunkirk’s mayor.