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Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990

Dunkirk Mayor Greg Krauza presented certificates welcoming three Irish children from Londonderry, Northern Ireland who are staying with members of the Dunkirk Irish Society for six weeks this summer. Lyra Lapham, 13, and her sister Lorna, 9, are staying with the Bill and Joan Dill family while the Molly Rodgers family plays host to Christopher Noble, 11.

Forty years ago — 1980

Herman and Patricia Sweet of Dunkirk have cultivated a 7-foot high banana plant right at their home. The thriving tree-like tropical plant began as a little sprout about two years ago, when a friend of the couple gave them the unusual gift. The Sweets have since decided to install a greenhouse onto the back of their home at 431 Townsend St. to accommodate their ever growing variety of plants.

Fifty years ago — 1970

A surprise visit reunited an American Field Service brother and sister this summer when Ully Berghamer of Austria stopped in Cassadaga to see her “brother,” Daryl Hall. He spent last summer as an AFS student with the Berghamer family in Austria.

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