Twenty years ago — 1997

Fredonians will welcome the Buffalo Bills to their training camp with a new event this year. Area residents and their guests are invited to attend a Buffalo Bills luncheon on Monday, July 14. The event is sponsored by the Fredonia Chamber of Commerce as a benefit to its member businesses. Every person attending will receive free gifts, including a Buffalo Bills media guide. Bills memorabilia, including an autographed football, will be offered as door prizes. A special highlight will be the opportunity to stay after the luncheon to watch the afternoon practice from the VIP area. A Buffalo Bills Highlights video will be featured. Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit community programs of the Fredonia Chamber of Commerce and the Buffalo Bills Children’s Foundation.

Thirty years ago — 1987

At the Jaycees National Convention, held recently in Reno, Nev., the Cassadaga Area Jaycees received three first-place and one second-place awards for management development projects completed by the chapter this past year. Nine Cassadaga Area Jaycees attended the convention. The group competed against other Jaycee chapters from all over the United States in the same population division.

A Certificate of Merit has been awarded to the OBSERVER for its participation in the Annual Safe Driving Campaign sponsored by the American Newspaper Publishers Association and the International Circulation Managers Association. The OBSERVER completed the year without a reportable accident.

Forty years ago — 1977

Doc Severinsen and his orchestra, The Now Generation Brass and singers, Today’s Children, wowed a capacity audience recently in the Chautauqua Amphitheater located at Chautauqua Institute. The colorful band director changed costumes three times during the show.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Traffic was stopped on Temple Street in Fredonia while workers moved a house owned by John Taddio of Dunkirk. The house was moved 500 feet from 358 Temple to its new location on a corner lot. The project started at 10 a.m. and the street was reopened around 7:30.