Twenty years ago — 1997

Following the death of Ken Horey on April 2, 1996 at age 80, a group of local citizens got together with the intention of creating a lasting memorial to the Pomfret councilman “who generously served his community with unquestioned distinction.” The committee recently announced its decision to purchase an Amish grandfather clock, crafted locally, to be placed in Mr. Horey’s honor in one of his favorite places, Fredonia’s D.R. Barker Library. Mr. Horey, who served the community in a variety of ways, was the Democrat elected to the Pomfret Town Board in 1981. He served on the board until his death.

Thirty years ago — 1987

A New York State Thruway toll-hike may be in the offing in an effort to bring the 559-mile superhighway into top shape before tolls are removed in 1996 and it is turned over to the Transportation Department. The hike is needed because tolls have not kept up with inflation since an average 25 percent toll increase in 1980, according to Thruway Authority spokesman Arthur D’Isabel. D’Isabel said the toll hike would be a way to meet new Thruway Authority Chairman William Hennessy’s goal of getting the road in its best condition before the 1996 turnover date. One projection states that it would cost $1.7 billion to turn over to the state a road and system with no significant deficiencies.

Forty years ago — 1977

The most recent owners of the Victoria Cottage at Van Buren Point are Mr. and Mrs. John G. Henderson of Pittsburgh, who purchased it several years ago from the Conner family of Pennsylvania. They are in the process of making extensive renovations to one of Van Buren’s oldest cottages.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Three buildings are under consideration in Dunkirk for use as a community center serving both adults and youths of the city. The Dunkirk Jaycees have indicated they will conduct a fund drive to raise money for a community center once it has been determined which building would best serve the community’s interest.