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Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1994

The Chautauqua County Legislature has agreed to pay the estates of a Stockton mother and son killed in an accident in 1987 a total of $218,000. As part of settling that same lawsuit, insurance carriers for Murray Hose Co. 4 of Dunkirk and the Portland Volunteer Fire Department, will be paying out in excess of $3 million over a period of years. The tragedy occurred on Hartfield-Stockton Road on July 18, 1987. The fatal mishap led eventually to the end of the annual Firemen’s Gala Days in Stockton. It was there, in a beer tent operated by the two fire companies, the driver at fault had consumed several beers prior to the accident.

Forty years ago — 1984

“The Water Street Journal” recently made its debut at Forestville Elementary School and will be published twice yearly with articles concerning school activities as well as original short stories and poems by students in kindergarten through sixth grade. The newspaper is an outgrowth of the new developmental writing program started this school year. Writing teacher Martha Burdick is coordinator of the publication.

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