Thirty years ago — 1991
Phyllis Pencek, widow of combat infantry paratrooper, Purple Heart recipient and ex-POW Joseph “Jake” Pencek, and family of Dunkirk hosted 23 former comrades, their families and friends over the Labor Day weekend at the Summit Motor Inn in Niagara Falls. The troopers who attended the reunion are survivors of the Battle of the Bulge, Central European Campaign and the parachute drop over the Rhine River.
Forty years ago — 1981
Dunkirk Mayor Gary Michalak today announced the appointment of Roy Jesse of 25 N. Ermine St., to the post of Dunkirk harbormaster. He replaces Frank Lokietek who was appointed by the Snyder Administration. Since Mr. Jesse is a member of the Dunkirk Harbor Commission, Mayor Michalak hopes his appointment of Mr. Jesse will begin a tradition of having future harbormasters drawn from the ranks of the commission. He also noted Mr. Jesse’s familiarity with the Dunkirk Harbor stems back to a number of years ago when his father, Al Jesse, was the owner and operator of Jesse’s Marina.
Fifty years ago — 1971
Terry Michalske, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Michalske of Howard Street, Fredonia has entered Alfred University as a ceramic engineering student.