Twenty years ago – 1993

The ongoing debate about Dunkirk’s Head Start program continued when Dunkirk Public Schools Superintendent Terry Wolfenden announced to the school board that she has received and is reviewing the Head Start contract for the upcoming year. Board member Henry “Hank” Serafin questioned why the contract, which was activated this past June, automatically went into effect before it was approved by the district. Wolfenden responded that the contract has been presented to the district in this fashion for the past 25 years?

Thirty years ago – 1983

The Chautauqua County Council On The Handicapped is waiting impatiently for city of Dunkirk officials to address the issue of handicapped accessibility to City Hall. The steep steps at every entrance to the building are a nearly insurmountable barrier to many handicapped persons, especially those in wheelchairs. As such, handicapped persons cannot attend common council meetings and public hearings, or pay their taxes and utility bills in person.

Forty years ago – 1973

The Puerto Rican Neutral Political Committee, a newly-formed group, will hold a reception for city and county elected officials. Frank Pagan is coordinator for the program.

Fifty years ago – 1963

According to Arden Putney, Chautauqua County Fair president, the county fair in Dunkirk is the third largest in the state – only Erie County’s in Hamburg and the State Fair in Syracuse are larger.