Twenty years ago — 1997

Rodney Bloomquist, plant superintendent of Better Baked Foods in Westfield, recently reported on the progress of the company’s facility on Jefferson Street. Construction workers are installing steel support beams at the site of the planned main bakery building which will measure about 18,000 square feet. A separate 2,700 square foot building will house the packaging and shipping areas. Trevor A. Henry, construction manager for Day & Zimmerman International, noted that 30 percent of the work is completed.

Thirty years ago — 1987

Joan Sobilo and her daughter, Tonya, both of Dunkirk are shown on the front page of the OBSERVER reading the instructions on the new parking meters that are now being installed in downtown Dunkirk. The meters cost a dime per half-hour, up to a maximum of two hours. Quarters are also accepted by the meter, although they will only purchase one hour of time per quarter. The red 12-minute meters that were used in front of businesses with a high parking turnover will be replaced with new 30-minute maximum meters. Plans call for the gradual installation of the new meters over the next few weeks. About 150 new meters were purchased this year, with more on order for next year.

Forty years ago — 1977

The OBSERVER Student of the Week is Karen Elizabeth Eno, 17, of Westfield Academy and Central School. The daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Donald Eno of 20 South Gale St., she is a member of the yearbook staff co-captain of the junior varsity volleyball team.

Fifty years ago — 1967

The New York Central Railroad announced it will discontinue the sale of passenger train tickets at its offices in Dunkirk and Westfield. The new ruling takes effect at the close of business today. Persons boarding at Dunkirk and Westfield will now have to purchase their tickets on the train. The action is apparently being taken because of a decline in passengers and as a cost-saving measure.