Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Nushawn Williams received the maximum sentence allowed for his conviction on sodomy and reckless endangerment charges in Chautauqua County Court. Judge John T. Ward ordered Williams to serve 4 to 12 years in state prison on the charges. Williams, 22, pleaded guilty ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Three local sisters recently received college degrees: the Misses Jody, Heidi and Darcy Sanderson, all daughters of Ms. Sally Ann Sanderson of Dunkirk. Jody was awarded a bachelor of arts in psychology from Daemen College in Buffalo. Heidi graduated magna cum laude ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Fourteen-year-old Chad Witherell of Forestville is one of 100 students statewide who aim to advance to the National Geography Bee in Washington, D.C. Known as “Mr. Geography” at Forestville Central School, the eighth-grader is heading to Albany to participate in ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Just out of high school in 1964, Dunkirk resident Dick Pachol fell victim to a pickpocket while walking the midway at the Chautauqua County Fair. Thus began a 35-year case of identity theft. Mr. Pachol had to put up with years of bad credit, Internal Revenue Service ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 A People in Profile notes the Sinclairville Fire Hall plays a significant role in the lives of John and Lucile Marsh of Charlotte Center Road, Sinclairville. It is the central site for their current activities which includes Mrs. Marsh serving as manager for the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Work is progressing on the new Best Western Hotel behind the existing Vineyard Inn and Restaurant. Construction should be completed by August. Located adjacent to the state Thruway, the 61-unit hotel will feature an indoor pool and health spa. The Best Western joins ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. has received the coveted Ann Marie Fitzer Award given to an employer which has made an outstanding effort to include older workers among their workforce. COI is the 14th largest employer in Chautauqua County with over 400 employees. The ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 The Benjamin Prescott Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, celebrated its 100th anniversary March 27 with a luncheon at the Fireside Restaurant. The chapter was chartered on Jan. 2, 1899. The first meeting was held at 36 ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 It’s not easy to travel 679 miles with no money and no vehicle. But “Mandy,” a 60-lb. labrador collie mix that is being cared for by the Chautauqua County Humane Society in Falconer, did just that. A computer chip in the dog’s shoulder led a Humane Society ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 The elimination of Quick Draw is no April Fool’s Day joke for regular customers of the popular but controversial New York State Lottery game. The Quick Draw screens went blank at midnight today at bars, restaurants, bowling alleys and other establishments where the ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Emergency officials and Fourth Ward residents vented frustrations and safety concerns over increased railroad traffic at a special meeting of city and railroad representatives. People worried that more trains could block crossings, endanger residents, ruin sleep and ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Crews have begun demolition work to make way for a new CVS Pharmacy at the corner of Fourth and Main streets in the city of Dunkirk. Work began with the demolition of the the former Hose Co. No. 1 building. The former Movies and More/Adams Furnishings building and ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Plans for an espresso shop at 715 Central Ave. received approval from the Dunkirk Planning Board. Board members unanimously approved a request from Mark A. Christopher on behalf of Renaissance of Western New York to operate a SegaFredo Expresso shop in the former ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 A request from United Refining Co. of Warren, Pa., requesting permission to demolish a house at 765 Central Ave., Dunkirk has failed to receive approval from the Dunkirk City Planning Board for a third time. The company, which has owned the house since 1989, is ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Dunkirk Mayor Robert Kesicki is working with Fieldbrook Farms Ice Cream Co. to put a plan in place this week to address the money owed to the city for water and sewer services. The ice cream company is about a year behind on its water and sewer payments according to ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 The Jamestown Community College North County Training and Conference Center was officially opened with an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony held at the Bennett Road facility in Dunkirk. The center includes a computer lab, classrooms, a multipurpose room, ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 The board of directors of the Fredonia Chamber Players announced the establishment of the Grant Cooper Endowment Fund at a reception held recently at the home of Fredonia State President Dennis Hefner. At the end of the current season, Mr. Cooper will be stepping ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 At the village elections held earlier this month, Mayor Frank Pagano, the first Democratic mayor in Fredonia’s history, easily won re-election over Trustee Patrick Damore, his Republican-Concord Party challenger. A total of 2,385 voters turned out. Fredonia has ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 The Supreme Court has left intact Timothy McVeigh’s conviction and death sentence for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people and injured hundreds more — the worst such attack on U.S. soil. The court, without comment, rejected an appeal in which ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 At a ceremony held earlier this year at the Dudley Motor Inn in Salamanca, Dunkirk resident Virginia Wencek was honored for her service to the Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America. She received the Founder’s Award, which was created to honor and recognize ...