Retrospective — Sept. 13

Twenty years ago — 1997

Citing its importance to industrial, commercial, educational and tourism traffic, the City of Dunkirk has endorsed a plan to designate Central Avenue as a county highway. There would be several advantages for the city. While city crews would continue to plow the roadway, the county would pay the city per mile for such work. In addition, resurfacing costs would be paid by the county and the county would provide technical assistance for various projects. The agreement would be similar to the existing agreements the city has with the county for Middle and Brigham roads.

Thirty years ago — 1987

A new 1987 FMC pumper was recently delivered to the Ripley Hose Company Station No. 2 in South Ripley. The truck was purchased to update Station No. 2’s equipment as the station is the first line of defense in fighting fires in the South Ripley area until Station No. 1 equipment can travel from the hamlet. Station No. 2 was formed in 1970 for this purpose. The station currently has 22 members.

Forty years ago — 1977

The Anderson-Lee Library is currently holding an exhibit of local young artists. The library board asked five graduates, four from Silver Creek and one from Forestville, to show their artistic works. The art work of Mary Petrakos, Elise Neveu, Linda Fox, Tom Roberts Jr., and Dale Hazelton will be displayed until Sept. 20.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Rep. Charles F. Goodell today joined fellow Republicans in calling for the Attorney General to utilize every legal investigative tool to combat the nation’s spiraling crime rate. The House Republican Task Force on Crime established by Rep. Goodell earlier this year has charged that regulations issued by the Attorney General “strictly limiting legal electronic surveillance” could hamstring the investigation of organized crime.