Retrospective

Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999 Sixth-grade student Esmeralda Ramos of Dunkirk was recently selected as one of the winning poets to be published in an anthology “A Celebration of Young Poets.” Esmeralda, who attends Dunkirk Middle School, was awarded a $50 savings bond by Creative ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Pictured drumming up some Buffalo Sabres support is none other than Buffalo Bills quarterback Doug Flutie, who plays the drums with the Flutie Brothers Band as part of a performance at Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo. Buffalo goaltender Dominik Hasek, has his ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 The state Public Service Commission has approved the sale of Niagara Mohawk’s coal-fired power plants in Dunkirk and Tonawanda to NRG Energy Inc. for $355 million. The purchase involves the Dunkirk Steam Station and the Huntley Station in the town of Tonawanda. The ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Chautauqua County Executive Mark W. Thomas discussed the importance of rural development in Chautauqua County and formally recognized and dedicated the former Cherry Creek Woodcrafters’ buildings and property in Cherry Creek as the new “Cherry Creek Junction.” ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 The Welch’s facility in Westfield will undergo a $1.2 million expansion, which will take place during the next two years. Due to increased demand for grape-based products, Welch’s also announced a plan to encourage co-op members to plant about 3,000 acres of ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Two Buffalo Sabres fans, Kevin Persch and James Chitwood, spent a sleepless night standing in line for tickets to the Stanley Cup final. They were the first two in line when ticket windows at Tops Friendly Markets in Dunkirk opened at 9 a.m. Both Mr. Persch and Mr. ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 A proposal to build a restaurant at Cedar Beach in Dunkirk has been made to city officials. Marshall T. Hall, a Brocton resident who owns and operates Marshall’s Famous Hotdogs in Fredonia stated that he and a group of associates are in building a restaurant/beach ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 A mainstay of the Silver Creek business community for 25 years is quite an accomplishment for the owners of Silver Creek Optical, John and Patty Ford. In the past 25 years, John Ford has dispensed every single pair of glasses. That adds up to over 30,000 glasses and ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 A Silver Creek school board member has won the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The award — sponsored by the National Science Foundation — recognized Daniel Gard for excellence among outstanding teachers across ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Among the eye-catching entries in this year’s Memorial Day parade in Dunkirk was an 1888 bicycle ridden by the Rev. Michael Parker, pastor of St. Hyacinth’s Church. The bicycle has been in Fr. Parker’s family for many generations, beginning with his ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Chautauqua County will stay in the landfill business. Legislators voted 17 to 8 — with four Republicans joining pro-landfill Democrats — to pass the controversial legislation to spend $8 million to build a new cell. Those in favor cited economics as the driving ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Sophie Hodorowicz Knab, the author of three books on Polish traditions, is scheduled to speak at St. Hedwig Social Center on topics from her three books as well as sharing memories of growing up in Dunkirk. Sophie immigrated with her family to the United States at ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Another new business is coming to Vineyard Drive in the Town of Dunkirk. The town board recently reviewed site plans for the new location of the Larry Spacc Pre-Owned Car and Truck Center now located in the D&F Plaza in the city of Dunkirk. Larry Spacc has no ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Jessica Eimers of Ripley took first place at the “Talents for Christ” state vocal competition held at Horseheads. She was awarded a $400 college scholarship. On June 27, Jessica will have the opportunity to compete at the national level competition to be held in ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 The New York State Department of Labor recently awarded a Certificate of Apprenticeship Completion to Hugh W. Graves and Michael Munson of Dunkirk. The certificate acknowledges their successful completion of an apprenticeship at the occupation of machinist. The ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Swimming classes have entered a new world at Silver Creek Central School. An unusual silence settled over the district pool as students submerged and swam with air tanks, regulators, swim fins and goggles. The district physical education department has been teaching ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Brooks Memorial Hospital has announced that Sean T. Carroll, DO, has been awarded the Patrick G. Murray DO Award of Achievement for 1999. The award is given by the American Osteopathic Colleges of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery each year to ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 A retirement party was held at the Kosciuszko Polish Home for Mrs. Anthony (Bernice) Mleczko of Dunkirk, a fourth-grade teacher at St. Hyacinth School. Eighth-grade teacher Paul Rushboldt served as master of ceremonies. The investiture was given by Father Michael ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Joe Dispense, a Town of Dunkirk resident, has come up with an invention he calls “The Table Hand.” The retractable wheel assembly attaches to most conventional six-foot or eight-foot picnic tables. The Table Hand allows one person to easily move a picnic table ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Village of Gowanda resident Mary A. Stelley has been named president of the New York State Business and Professional Women’s Club. After serving two years as the organization’s first vice president, she assumed her post as president today, a day which the Collins ...