Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1994

Silvia Billerio Mannino, a foreign language teacher at Chautauqua Central School, has been selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow for 1994. She is one of only 66 fellowship winners from more than 300 applicants in the national competition this year. A graduate of Westfield Academy and Central School, Mrs. Mannino also worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa. This summer, she will receive an award of $3,750 to pursue professional development abroad and will spend six weeks in Spain.

Thirty years ago – 1984

The grand opening of the Silver Creek Senior Citizens Center on Route 5 west of the village took place May 12. Area senior citizens have volunteered their time, money, ideas and all their efforts to turn what was once a machine shop into a comfortable and permanent home for their activities. The former Empire Machine Shop was purchased in November 1983 for $22,000. Doris LoManto has been referred to as the “backbone” of all the efforts while her husband Louis spent many hours with the group’s building committee remodeling the building.

Forty years ago – 1974

Rolland Kidder, chairman of the county legislature’s finance committee and candidate for the State Assembly, continued his opposition to the freeze on grape land assessments.

Fifty years ago – 1964

The Dunkirk Fire Department, under the direction of Fire Chief Anthony Domst, this week completed fire drills in every school in the city.