Twenty years ago — 1997

During a Westfield Village Board meeting, Mayor Ronald Catalano revealed the names of two corporations with which the village and private owners have been negotiating the sale of commercial property in the heart of the Main Street business district. The Reid Petroleum Corporation of Lockport is interested in purchasing property located on the southeast corner of Main and Union streets in the village of Westfield. Reid plans to build a combination gas station/convenience store on the western half of the property and lease the remaining property to the McDonald’s Corporation for a 60-seat restaurant.

Thirty years ago — 1987

It was on Oct. 1, 1948 that Dr. Edmund M. Tederous first hung his shingle for his medical practice in the Dunkirk-Fredonia area. And nearly 40 years later, he recently retired from the profession, which has played such an important role in his life to enjoy some well-deserved “quiet time.” Born and raised in Dunkirk, he graduated from Canisius College and the University of Buffalo School of Medicine. Dr. Tederous noted that today it has become very difficult to practice medicine because of all the restrictions placed on physicians. Known for his kind, compassionate ways, Dr. Tederous throughout his medical career, began each day by attending Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. The father of four children, he is quick to point out with obvious pride that all four of his children are Canisius College graduates.

Forty years ago — 1977

The Ben Franklin department store chain is taking over from Nathaniel Ludlum as the “preferred developer” for a new variety store at the present site of Ludlum’s Variety Store, 421 Main St., Dunkirk. Mr. Ludlum plans to go into semi-retirement and turn over his 30-year-old business to Ben Franklin.

Fifty years ago — 1967

The battle to clean up Lake Erie and keep it that way is going to be an expensive one. The city of Dunkirk is considering a pollution abatement program totaling $8.6 million in cost as its share of the “Clean up Lake Erie” effort. It is anticipated that the entire program of sewage treatment works improvements could be let out to bid in 1968.