Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1993

A retirement party was held for Sgt. Richard J. Saletta of Silver Creek, who has retired after 20 years of service with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department. Sgt. Saletta now is a criminal justice instructor at the Vo-Tech Center in Ashville. In 1980, he was named as the Deputy of the Year by the New York State Sheriffs Association.

Thirty years ago – 1983

The Collins Center Elementary School will close in June as the result of action taken by the Springville Board of Education. A heated debate between two board members began prior to the vote and resumed after a 5-2 vote approved a 1983-84 building use plan that included the closing of the branch school in Collins Center. Board member Nicholas Hodak claimed the school had been deprived of renovation funds for 20 years in a deliberate measure to encourage the closing of the neighborhood school.

Forty years ago – 1973

“Woodenship,” a Dunkirk group, was chosen from among 300 others to perform at the Variety Club Telethon to benefit Children’s Rehabilitation Center in Buffalo. Band members include Dave and Don Wlodarek, Peter Chimento, Jim Gloff and Les Sikorski.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Fredonia Fire Chief Richard Butts announced today the installation of 66 new tone-activated radio alarm systems in the homes of volunteer firemen. The system is expected to shorten response time to emergency calls by eliminating the need to first stop at the fire station.