Thirty years ago — 1990

Christopher Small of Brocton, a participant in the Christian Torch Run, is shown handing the torch to the Rev. Frank S. St. Amour III, rector of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Dunkirk during services at Memorial Park. Runners carried the torch from Irving to Dunkirk earlier this week as part of a movement throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico to symbolize their commitment to carry the light of Jesus Christ to the world.

Forty years ago — 1980

The city of Dunkirk will close out its Urban Renewal Program by receiving a check for $402,674 from the New York Division of Housing and Community Renewal, whose acting commissioner commended the city of Dunkirk “on the successful completion of its urban renewal undertaking.” Mayor Gary Michalak commented that “this money will be a real shot in the arm for urban renewal and for projects like the mini-mall that are going to be put in. The Department of Development did a good job.”

Fifty years ago — 1970

“Benjamin” and “Begonia,” the colorful puppets created by CBS puppeteer Mrs. John Gaffney of Mobile, Ala., delighted hundreds of children at the Dunkirk playgrounds. Mrs. Gaffney and her 10-year-old daughter, Patricia, entertained the youngsters while visiting Dunkirk friends.


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