Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1993

Two months of hard thinking led Dunkirk School Board President Robert Barlette to a decision he feels is best for the entire school district. He introduced and the board of education passed a resolution rescinding an earlier decision to terminate the contract of Superintendent Terry Wolfenden. The 5-3 vote, with one member absent, to rescind a Dec. 29 measure, was greeted with cheers from many of the over 100 residents attending the meeting. Others appeared shocked into silence.

Thirty years ago – 1983

For many years, hospitals in New York state have been faced with a heavy backlog of elderly patients awaiting discharge to skilled nursing homes. Four area hospitals – Brooks in Dunkirk, Lake Shore near Silver Creek, Westfield Hospital and Tri-County in Gowanda, are among those facing the problem. Because of a shortage of skilled nursing facilities, many area senior citizens are forced to remain unnecessarily hospitalized for months at a time. Area nursing homes are not rejecting patients because of their condition or lack of funding – there simply are no beds available.

Forty years ago – 1973

Today marks the start of the week-long grand opening of Presto Car Wash, 950 Central Ave., Dunkirk, an automatic car washing business with newly-installed equipment.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Daniel A. Putnam, president of the Kiwanis Club of Dunkirk, announced the Kiwanis-sponsored Pancake Day at Philip Murray Union Hall was a “tremendous success.” It was estimated that 7,500 pancakes and 6,500 sausages were served.