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I.M. Pei, the globally important architect, died last week. Around the world, architectural historians spoke with reverence of his work, such as his glass pyramid at the Louvre, the East Building at the National Gallery or, closer to home, the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse. My reaction was more primal. Fifty years ago, I was a kid in Dunkirk, living on the same stre…

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Less than a week ago, in an emotional ceremony at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., Mayor Willie Rosas of Dunkirk helped formally renew a dormant relationship with Dunkerque, France, which once had strong ties to its American namesake. Tuesday, Rosas found himself preparing a letter of condolence to his counterpart, Dunkerque Mayor Patrice Vergriete, after a fire …

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My wife and I met almost 40 years ago. She was from greater Rochester. I was living in Dunkirk, in a house my parents rented. We both attended SUNY Fredonia State, at a time when it was not so typical for students who lived on campus to date students who lived nearby, a nice way of describing a classic college town divide. There was a natural gap between the kids in the…

Three Dunkirk residents were taken into custody about 8 p.m. Friday after Dunkirk Police and members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force executed a search warrant and arrest warrants at an address on East Second Street in Dunkirk, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office reported. Held pending arraignment on charges of third-degree criminal sale and criminal pos…

Buffalo

In memory, Madylon Mathers Kubera always links her brother to his foot locker. More than 65 years ago, the Army sent it back to the Mathers' home in Dunkirk, where Kubera's mother, Antoinette Mathers, refused to open it. The foot locker belonged to her son Leonard, best known as "Jack," and Antoinette prayed he would come home and open it himself. For years, it stayed l…

Art

I had my hands on the keyboard when I learned last week that Stan Lee died. I did not think about Hollywood blockbusters or celebrity actors or even the national movie conjecture about how the thing done at the end of the last Avengers movie might somehow be undone in the next one. I thought instead about a place called Naetzker’s, which was the kind of operation that L…