Twenty years ago — 1997

For the first time, the Northern Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce will have a female executive vice president. Pamela S. Lydic of Fredonia has been unanimously approved by the Chamber Board of Directors after being recommended by a search committee (the chamber executive board). More than 20 applicants were considered. Lydic will replace Kemis J. Dengler who has been the executive vice president for more than six years and is retiring. She will begin her new duties July 7. Lydic most recently has served as the corporate secretary for L.G. Hall Building Contractors Inc. in Dunkirk. She was recently named to the Jamestown Community College Board of Trustees and served as president of the Northern Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 1993.

Thirty years ago — 1987

Robert Matthew Pawlak, son of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Pawlak of Fredonia, has been admitted to the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is a 1985 graduate of Fredonia High School and has been attending the United States Military Academy Prep School at Fort Monmouth, N.J., this past year where he participated in football and track. A Regents scholarship winner at Fredonia High, he was a member of the undefeated FHS football team that won the section conference title at Rich Stadium. He was the recipient of the Most Valuable Athlete award. A member of the Class of 1991 at West Point, Robert was one of 1,200 chosen from a field of 15,000 highly qualified applicants.

Forty years ago — 1977

A feature story by M. Louise Ratkoski details the career and retirement of Eloise McMahan Heyl, who for 50 years had taught area boys and girls, men and women the art of dancing at the School of Dance in the old Heyl Building at 216-222 Central Ave., Dunkirk.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Dunkirk will say good-bye to Mrs. Muriel McCutcheon and Mrs. Elsie Keller, but many local youngsters and their parents will remember them for many years to come. Mrs. McCutcheon and Mrs. Keller, who will greet well-wishers at the the Boorady Memorial Reading Center, are VISTA volunteers who have been assigned to the center since August.