Twenty years ago — 1997

The Dunkirk Police Department was the recent recipient of a $2,500 grant from the Lake Shore Savings Reinvestment Fund. Reinvestment Fund Officer Katherine Kaus presented the check to Officer Dave Ortolano of the Dunkirk Police Department. Also present were Officer Steve Zentz and Councilman Chet Kozlowski of the city’s police and fire committee. The money will be used for the department’s community policing and crime prevention efforts. The Lake Shore Savings Reinvestment Fund provides money to a wide variety of community organizations.

Thirty years ago — 1987

In December 1986, John Binkiwitz purchased Walt’s Sporting Goods on Central Avenue in Dunkirk. He became enthused with the idea of participating in the renewal of downtown Dunkirk after hearing about the plans that were just formally announced by developers David Bryant and David Palmer. “With Dave Palmer fixing up buildings and buying up property and a new card shop coming in … the economic situation in Dunkirk is going to get better in the near future,” he said. Mr. Binkiwitz reported a “really good” Christmas trade season and said he also feels good about the planned construction of the new medical building next to his business.

Forty years ago — 1977

The Fredonia Village Board, despite protests from the Fredonia Historic Society, unanimously approved a resolution calling for the demolition of all buildings involved to make way for a new fire hall. The board previously had earmarked two buildings of historic background, Colonial Jacks and Up Your Attic, for preservation.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Max Sikorski was recently honored at a retirement party at the Colony House Restaurant in Irving by fellow workers at the S. Howes Co. Mr. Howes came to S. Howes in 1929 as foreman of the mixer department, later was promoted to superintendent of maintenance and at the time of his retirement was an inspector in charge of quality control.