Twenty years ago – 1993
Incumbents seemed to prevail as the recent election saw County Executive Andrew Goodell, a Republican, easily re-elected to a second four-year term over Democratic Pomfret Supervisor Roger E. Ruckman. Dunkirk Mayor Margaret Wuerstle, also a Republican, won a second term with a resounding 1,037-vote victory over Democratic challenger Diane Trezenski in the first-ever city of Dunkirk mayoral race consisting of two women. In a major upset, Republican Sandy Sopak, supervisor of the town of Poland east of Falconer, defeated Chautauqua County Clerk Henry Weiler, a Democrat, by almost 3,000 votes.
Thirty years ago – 1983
The Rev. Claude H. Bicheler has been named pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Silver Creek. A native of Alden, Fr. Bicheler completed his studies at Christ the King Seminary and St. Bonaventure University. In 1976, he was assigned to his first pastorate at Our Lady of Victory Parish in Frewsburg. He also had served on the faculties of Bishop Turner and the former Father Baker high schools.
Forty years ago – 1973
Frank Crea, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Crea of 122 Ruggles St., Dunkirk has been named to the 1973-1974 “Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.” He majors in aeronautical engineering at Tri-State College.
Fifty years ago – 1963
The James Madison Division of the Catholic Youth Organization will install Jack Mancuso (Holy Trinity Church, Dunkirk) as its president and Fred Costantini (St. Mary’s Church, Dunkirk) as vice president.