Twenty years ago — 1997

A front page photo shows Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas, who stopped his golf cart to sign autographs after a morning practice at training camp being held at Fredonia State University College. This year, there is a new offense in town for the Buffalo Bills. New offensive coordinator Dan Henning is installing a more ball-control-oriented offense, replacing the high octane K-Gun that was run so successfully during the Jim Kelly years. Kelly retired following last season. Therein lies the problem. Buffalo has to find a replacement for arguably the best quarterback in team history. There are currently four quarterbacks at the camp vying for the starting position.

Thirty years ago — 1987

Murray Hose Co. 4 local chairman Louis Ziegler recently announced that Stephanie Tilley will represent the Dunkirk fire company at the Stockton Gala Days, which are being held today through July 19. This is the 27th consecutive year that Murray Hose has sponsored a queen. Stephanie, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Tilley, 313 Nevins St., Dunkirk will be entering her senior year at Dunkirk High School this fall. Her father has been a member of Murray Hose for the past 20 years. Stephanie also appeared in the Murraymen Drum Corps’ 50th anniversary parade that was held this month.

Forty years ago — 1977

Money for planning and constructing a new field house at Fredonia State University College is included in the state’s supplemental budget on the desks of lawmakers in Albany. According to State Senator Jess Present and Assemblymen Rolland Kidder and Daniel Walsh, action is expected to be taken soon to approve the appropriating.

Fifty years ago — 1967

U.S. Coast Guard and State Police officials are searching the waters off Silver Creek today in an attempt to locate what is believed to be the wreckage of a light airplane, possibly one missing since 1963. A twin engine blue and white Beechcraft turned up missing in a fierce snowstorm off Dunkirk on Dec. 17, 1963.