Twenty years ago — 1997

Fredonia State University College is the 30th “best buy” among colleges and universities across the nation, according to Money magazine. Fredonia State moved up in the rankings this year from last year’s 37th place finish. “SUNY Fredonia is very pleased to again be recognized for its academic excellence by Money magazine,” said Fredonia State President Dennis L. Hefner. “Fredonia’s ranking among the top 100 colleges and universities in the nation occurs primarily because of outstanding faculty, exceptional students and an exceedingly high graduation rate.”

Thirty years ago — 1987

Dunkirk’s Troy VandeVelde is one of 18 novice drivers selected worldwide to compete in the Farnham Winfield Challenge in late February of next year on Circuit Paul Ricard and the Winfield Magny-Course in southern France. Mr. VandeVelde, who lives at 7 New York Ave., was selected to compete for the Pilote Elf Award with Ecurie Elf team in the 1989 French Formula Renault Turbo Championships. He was chosen by Farnham Racing President John G. Peterson after finishing second in a non-sanctioned Formula Ford race at Pocono International Raceway July 23. The 11-man field drove identically-prepared Formula Fords. Mr. VandeVelde qualified for the Sports Car Club of America Driving School in 1986 and averaged 121.88 miles per hour at Holland Speedway in September.

Forty years ago –1977

The Chautauqua County Mayors Conference joined the mayors of Dunkirk and Fredonia in supporting legislation to aid the local AL Tech steel company in competing with the imported specialized steel. A copy of the resolution is being forwarded to President Carter and area congressmen and senators.

Fifty years ago –1967

Dick Voight and his crew of divers spent the past weekend making sonar sweeps of the general area between Van Buren and Barcelona in an attempt to locate the super structure of a wreck. What they thought might be a big find on the bottom of the lake turned out to be only a large pile of rocks apparently dumped there many years ago.