Twenty years

ago — 1997

Dallas K. Beal, former president of Fredonia State University College, was honored by the State University of New York Board of Trustees with a resolution designating him as President Emeritus of Fredonia State. Dr. Beal was recognized for 27 and a half years of service to the State University of New York, and more particularly, Fredonia State. In retirement, he serves as a member of the Fredonia College Foundation Board of Directors, which in 1986 honored him with its Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Beal and his wife Kris continue to live in Fredonia, where they continually work to help improve and enhance the quality of life in the community.

Thirty years ago — 1987

After only 11 weeks of operation, it appears that Dunkirk’s new fee system at the city boat launch is already a financial success. The system was initiated earlier this year (there previously was no charge for using the launch) in spite of warnings from some who felt not enough would be collected to even offset the cost of the fee collectors. That has not been the case, however. A total of $9,147 in fees were collected over the last 11 weeks while $4,276 was paid out in salaries for the part-time fee collectors. While the total amount includes $3,400 from the sale of seasonal passes, the daily fees alone ($5,747) have been more than enough to pay the fee collectors. The system has already raised enough money to cover the $4,130 expense of getting the program started, replacing pilings at the launch and installing a floating tie-up dock.

Forty years ago — 1977

The Republican caucus in the county legislature, by voting in a bloc, was able to kill off a proposal that the Chautauqua Conservation Corps be revived and named in memory of the late District Attorney Paul M. King.

Fifty years ago — 1967

A member of the Fredonia High School, Class of 1932, has been selected “Woman of the Week,” by the Nassau Herald. Mrs. Elizabeth Wilcox Thompson, daughter of Mrs. Reginald N. Wilcox of 101 West Fifth St., Dunkirk was chosen for her role in the establishment of the Hewlett-Woodmere Library in Nassau and for outstanding community achievements.