Twenty years ago — 1997

Two local women recently were chosen to be members of the 1997-’98 Buffalo Jills, the NFL professional cheerleading team for the Buffalo Bills. Katie O’Connell and Danelle Arnold, both of Westfield, auditioned for the professional cheerleading team in May. The cheerleaders were chosen from a field of 130 women auditioning for 15 open positions on the Buffalo Jills team. At age 19, the two local girls are the youngest cheerleaders to be chosen for the squad since 1985. Katie and Danelle begin their professional cheerleading career as their high school cheerleading coach, Marci Mansfield, retires after nine successful seasons as a Buffalo Bills cheerleader.

Thirty years ago — 1987

Small business incubator expert Carlos Morales met with area officials to discuss the potential for a small business incubator in northern Chautauqua County. He inspected two sites that are being considered for a local incubator and said he feels this area has considerable potential. Mr. Morales noted that there is no doubt that incubators work, pointing out that while 80 percent of all new businesses in the country fail, the success rate for businesses starting out in incubators is 80 to 93 percent. He added that there are about 230 small business incubators in the United States today and that he feels there will be over 1,000 by 1990.

Forty years ago — 1977

Mayor Gilbert Snyder is expected to interview six candidates next week for the position of director of the Dunkirk Youth Bureau. The Dunkirk Civil Service Commission has determined that all six candidates meet the qualifications for the job, which presently carries a salary of $10,000. The six candidates are William Dimmer, Margaret Quinn, Robert Patterson, Milford Steele, Margaret Dean and Joseph Zanghi.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Nineteen-year-old Jack W. Gibbons of Clymer was named the top farmer in the 12 North Atlantic states by the Future Farmers of America at the Eastern State Exposition recently.