Twenty years ago — 1997

The Southwestern Association of Volunteer Firemen recently held its annual convention in Falconer. The four counties of the association — Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany – also hold an annual Fire Prevention Brochure Contest. The Fire Prevention Brochure consists of a book put together by the volunteer fire departments which shows what the fire department has done during the past year in the area of fire prevention. The books are judged by Southwestern Committee members. In this year’s event, it was an all-Chautauqua County sweep. The first-place winner was the Sheridan Volunteer Fire Department and second-place went to Fredonia. Fredonia has been a frequent first-place winner in this event.

Thirty years ago — 1987

The Big Mac will look and taste the same, but fast food colossus McDonald’s says the sandwich will begin doing its part to help the global environment. In action hailed on Capitol Hill as a model for the eat-and-run industry, McDonald’s announced a plan to phase out use in the United States of foam containers manufactured with chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs. Scientists say those chemicals, in wide and increasing use around the world, are destroying the atmospheric ozone layer that helps protect humans from the sun’s cancer-causing ultraviolet rays. The Reagan administration has issued warnings about increased risks of skin cancer.