Thirty years ago – 1987

New York state residents forked out 67 percent more local and state taxes than other Americans in 1985, according to a new study by the Center for Governmental Research. Statistics showed New York ranked No. 1 in the nation in 1984 in real tax burdens. State governmental leaders are finally coming to grips with the tax problem, but the solution is not yet in hand.

Forty years ago – 1977

From Just Between Us … Not many people catch a shark, and fewer yet catch one by hand. But Alan and William Shaw, Anthony Nicosia and James DeGolyer, all of Fredonia, did exactly that during their recent nine-day vacation at Daytona Beach, Fla. For real relaxation, the foursome visited Disney World in Orlando.

Fifty years ago – 1967

March 30 marked the official opening of the Dunkirk area’s newest sporting goods store, the Plaza Sports Center at the Dunkirk-Fredonia Plaza. The owner/manager is Richard Magliozzi.