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Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990

New York state plans to abolish 70 positions at the Gowanda Psychiatric Center under its Workforce Reduction Plan. No layoffs of employees of the state Office of Mental Retardation and Developmentally Disabled are expected if a furlough program can be implemented within the timeframe of the state’s fiscal year, which ends March 31.

Forty years ago — 1980

The Sacred Heart bell tower may become a Dunkirk landmark after all. The Dunkirk Urban Renewal Agency, which voted last summer to demolish both the vacant Sacred Heart Church and bell tower, has agreed now to raze the church — but not the tower. Preserving the bell tower as a city landmark has been supported most notably by the Knights of St. John, which was formed at Sacred Heart.

Fifty years ago — 1970

The Dunkirk Federated Senior Citizens celebrated its eighth anniversary with a joint anniversary and Christmas party in the Philip Murray Union Hall with 68 senior present.

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