Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 In an OBSERVER photo, Josie Christopher, founder/director of the Christopher Wellness Center, displays the Sabres flag the non-profit cancer support facility won as part of a contest with Westinghouse/ West Valley Nuclear Services. There were only 50 winners in the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 The acquisition of Conrail by the CSX and Norfolk Southern railroad companies looks to increase train traffic in the local area. Expected traffic increases could rattle windows, block highways and interrupt sleep for people living near the railroad tracks. ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Charles J. Allesi Jr., maintenance manager at Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation’s Dunkirk Steam Station, was honored recently as family members and friends gathered for a retirement dinner at Shorewood Country Club in Dunkirk Mr. Allesi retired effective May 29 with ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Buffalo Sabres Coach Lindy Ruff had two words for the 20,000 fans crammed in front of City Hall and the dozens of others watching from rooftops and hanging from windows of downtown office buildings: “No goal.” That sent fans into a pompom waving frenzy and set ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 JulyFest ‘99 will take place July 10 to celebrate the diverse cultures of the community. At the festival, Dunkirk and Fredonia residents will join together to share traditional crafts, foods, melodies and dance as a celebration of the diverse ethnic backgrounds of ...

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Thirty years ago — 1989 Joseph T. Doino, a former area resident who now resides in Burbank, Calif., has been called “one of the most influential men in California commercial business.” He is currently the vice president in the shopping center development division for Forest City ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 The Mary E. Seymour Memorial Free Library is celebrating a century of service to the Stockton community on June 26. The event kicks off at noon with the dedication of the new circulation desk hand crafted out of oak by an Amish artisan to match the decor of the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 For the second time in a month, voters in the Dunkirk City School District have rejected a proposed budget for the 1999-2000 year. A $26 million spending plan was defeated by a margin of 361-317, a very low vote for Dunkirk. In May, voters rejected a $26.3 million ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Winners in the fourth annual Juneteenth festival bakeoff were Mary Lee Williams, first place for her pound cake; Loretta Slaton Torain, second place for pound cake; Mary Lee Williams, first place for sweet potato pie; Rosietta Thomas, second place for sweet potato ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Jacob Clever will be giving the valedictory address at the Cassadaga Valley Central School graduation ceremony June 25 in the J. Arthur France high school auditorium. He is the son of Arthur and Marlene Clever of Bear Lake. Jacob is the recipient of a combined Xerox ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Dunkirk resident Erik J. Kolodziej recently returned home after a 27-day international concert tour as a member of the Chamber Singers of Duquesne University, Pittsburgh. Erik, who sings tenor II, is an honor student who will be entering his sophomore year this fall. ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Loretta Torain of Dunkirk was the first recipient of the Mamie and Ira Jordan Scholastic Achievement Award given at Fredonia State University College annually to African American students who have excelled academically. Ms. Torain is in her second year at Fredonia ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Dunkirk City Court Judge Walter F. Drag announced that he is a candidate in this year’s election for Surrogate Court judge. In announcing his candidacy at a campaign kickoff at Cafe Expresso in Dunkirk, Judge Drag stressed his 15 years experience as judge. In ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Ripley is pushing ahead with plans to secure potential funding for the proposed New York State Gateway Thruway Information Center. The town board approved a resolution during its monthly meeting to seek transportation enhancements funding under the TEA 21 program ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 The Stockton Town Board went on record to voice its strong and vigorous opposition to a permanent installation being established at the north end of Cassadaga Lakes to provide a backup water supply for the village of Fredonia. The Fredonia Village Board recently ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Perhaps the best high school softball pitcher in Western New York this season is Jessica York, who pitches for the Pine Valley Panthers. One has only to look at her statistics to see how dominant she has been over her opponents. Her record is 22-0, she has 215 ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Matthew Dybka, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Dybka of Cherry Creek, was recently named the winner of the 1999 DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award. The award, sponsored nationwide by the DEKALB Genetics Corporation, is presented to the outstanding high school ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 The Cassadaga Job Corps Center will celebrate its 21st birthday this year. Twenty-one years ago this coming August, the center opened its doors to the first of thousands of students who have become part of the federally-funded academic and vocational training program ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Niagara Mohawk power plants spewed more than 5.78 pounds of toxic chemicals into the environment in 1998, according to a report the utility filed with the federal government. The toxic emissions, 97 percent of which came from the Huntley and Dunkirk coal-fired power ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Chautauqua County Clerk Sandra K. Sopak and the Chautauqua County Genealogical Society were presented with Awards of Merit at the annual meeting of the National Genealogical Society held recently in Richmond, Va. Mrs. Sopak is the first county clerk in the country to ...