Seeing some signs of progress

A public note of thanks to county, state and federal Departments of Transportation.

We will begin with our Chautauqua County department with George Spanos and our County Executive Vince Horrigan in bringing in the county Industrial Development Agency to the Incubator on Central Avenue for us in northern Chautauqua, and getting involved, and helping Dunkirk grow! It’s a blessing to all of us! We need you in Dunkirk!

A special thanks to the Hamburg village who sent us Mr. Paul Becker, who was very instrumental in getting Route 60, a state road, revitalized with paving all the way down to Route 5, which is our Main Street!

Also, because of Mr. Spanos and help from the IDA of Chautauqua County, all heavy trucks will turn off Route 60 to Talcott Street, which is a very short distance to Roberts Road crossover, in back of the old Alco along the tracks to Nestle Purina and the Industrial Park. This route, “the Millennium Parkway or Highway,” does not even take one property, whether it’s new homes, grape farms and etc. But the old route went down Main Street, Lake Shore, Middle Road, which has the six tracks and many lives were lost when hit by a train!

This is where Route 60 or Main Street to Route 5 becomes a tourist route, and the shortest route to the harborfront in Dunkirk.

A special thank you to Dr. Kevin Kearns, vice president at Fredonia State University, who will now take the “helm” and complete Dr. Dennis Hefner’s vision, when he started the Incubator and wanted the train depot to be open in Dunkirk once again! The train people came to my home, and showed me, it was never closed! The CSX maintenance said it just needs re-modeling like an old home! Thank you CSX!

A thank you to David Kleparek and Chautauqua and Dunkirk Chambers of Commerce. A thank you to the Dunkirk Historical Society.

Please bring the Dunkirk Planning Board to the Incubator on Central Avenue with you. The experience in grant writing is much needed!

Thank you and God bless!

Valerie Pawlak is a Dunkirk resident.