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Retrospective

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Thirty years ago — 1989 A standing room only crowd of 35 residents packed the meeting room of the Fredonia Planning Board in village hall, with many citizens voicing concerns over the proposed 120-unit townhome development planned for a 20-acre parcel of land behind homes on Temple Street, ...

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Thirty years ago — 1989 The New York State 4-H Dairy Bowl team recently won the 1989 North American Invitational Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest to become the national champions. One of the four team members was Aron Crowell of South Dayton. One of the coaches, Greta Crowell of South Dayton, ...

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Thirty years ago — 1989 Warren H. Riles, owner and licensed manager of Riles Funeral Home in Forestville has announced that Mark L. Woolley has been added to his staff as a licensed funeral director. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Jared Woolley of Farrington Road, Forestville, Mark is a lifelong ...

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Thirty years ago — 1989 A bald eagle paid a visit to Cassadaga, according to Art Washington of Pettit Place. Mr. Washington said he spotted the bird which he described as immature, perched on a tree near the shoreline of his neighbor’s property. It sat there about a half hour before taking ...

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Lynn Josephson is president of the Cassadaga Valley High School sophomore class. Roxanne Fenno is treasurer; Sue Parker, secretary; and Cindy Olmstead, vice president.

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Thirty years ago — 1989 It took five years, but one of the balloons launched at the Sheridan Playground site in July 1984 was finally found in Pembroke, N.Y. Alison Wagner, daughter of Nancy Wagner who was the playground director at the time, received a letter recently from Norbert Geyer, ...

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Thirty years ago — 1989 A weeklong celebration was recently observed in honor of the Fredonia Central School District’s 25th anniversary of the dedication of the high school building. A breakfast, commemorative issue of the “Spectator,” a Pops Concert and a reception for the Class of ...

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Thirty years ago — 1989 From the Reporters Notebook ... It takes a hale and hearty fan to be a Cleveland Browns booster here in Bills country. And one OBSERVER staffer who pledges allegiance to the Browns proved to all this weekend that he is willing to go the distance for his heroes. After ...

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Thirty years ago — 1989 Douglas J. Fenton has been elected to serve as president of the Empire Communicators Health Care Organization (ECHO). Mr. Fenton is director of marketing and community relations at Brooks Hospital in Dunkirk. He was installed as president during the organization’s ...

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Thirty years ago — 1989 Gertrude Knapp Casey, a 66-year member of Forestville Chapter 247, Order of the Eastern Star, received her 60-year pin and certificate from Worthy Matron Beth Benchley. Mrs. Casey, who resides at 7 Center St., Forestville, served the chapter as Worthy Matron in ...

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Thirty years ago — 1989 More than 10 suspicious fires have occurred in the East Town of Dunkirk and Fourth Ward area during the past several weeks, including one which started in the base of a storage garage at the Gregory Szukala residence, 10962 South Roberts Road. A passing motorist ...

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Thirty years ago — 1989 Student of the Week is Ryan Freling, a senior at Dunkirk High School. He is the son of Thomas and Patricia Freling of Washington Avenue. Ryan is a member of the National Honor Society, serves as president of SADD, Student Council treasurer and vice president of the ...

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Thirty years ago — 1989 Dunkirk High School’s Jennifer Kubiak will compete in the Section VI Diving Preliminaries in the Alumni Arena natatorium on the University of Buffalo campus in Amherst. Jennifer recently won her third Chautauqua County diving championship in Frewsburg. Forty ...

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Thirty years ago — 1989 The winner of Marine Midland’s “Show Off Your Kids!” contest was Jason Bishoff. He received a $200 U.S. Savings Bond in a random drawing of participants. Jason is the 4-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Bishoff. They reside on Lincoln Avenue in Dunkirk. Jason ...

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Twenty years ago – 1999 Filming has been finished in Hollywood for “Gone in 60 Seconds 2000,” a remake of Tony Halicki’s low-budget cult classic of 1974, but movie-goers will have to wait until March for its release. While Dunkirk native H. B. “Toby” Halicki’s film cost less ...

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Twenty years ago – 1999 The Dunkirk-Fredonia Lions Club recently celebrated its 58th Charter Night with special recognition being given to two of its members. Bert Bullock was the recipient of the Multiple District 20 Robert J. Uplinger Distinguished Service Award and is the highest honor ...

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Twenty years ago – 1999 It took more than 50 years for Cassadaga resident Donald Bemus to actually hold in his hands the Purple Heart he earned in World War II as a tailgunner on an Air Force B-17. The plane was shot down in Hungary while on a mission and Don ended up spending three months ...

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Twenty years ago — 1999 Dunkirk’s AL Tech Specialty Steel Corp., a 92-year-old Western New York steelmaker one mired in a $250-million debt, has risen from the ashes of bankruptcy and has been renamed Empire Specialty Steel Inc., the United Steelworkers of America announced recently. ...

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Twenty years ago – 1999 Meeting Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino in person was a dream come true for Darrin Carlson, an eighth-grader at Cassadaga Valley Central School. The trip to Florida that made this happen was provided through the special efforts of the CVCS community. Darrin, ...

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Twenty years ago – 1999 Concerns have arisen in the Dunkirk school system that some Hispanic students in special education classes may be there not because they are learning impaired but rather because they are still learning the English language. About 48 percent of the special education ...