Twenty years ago — 1997

Repair and maintenance efforts are continuing at the former Cardinal Mindszenty High School property. The Dunkirk Planning Board had earlier given the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, the owners of the property, until Sept. 1 to complete repairs and maintenance work. A Diocesan representative said efforts were being made to sell the property to Bella Vista, a Buffalo-area development firm. Deputy Development Director Patrick Wawro said the timeframe for completing the project is important, noting that the deadline has been missed. He added there has been pressure from city officials to get the property fixed up.

Thirty years ago — 1987

The Department of Surgery at Brooks Hospital recently acquired a Wild M 690 Surgical Operating Microscope which is being used in microscopic surgery of the eye and hand. The Lake Shore Orthopedic Group and the Dr. Nelson Banks Comprehensive Eye Care Center, both of Dunkirk, each contributed $4,000 toward the $18,000 purchase price of the surgical microscope.

Forty years ago — 1977

For the first time in city history, a woman is expected to be included on the certified list of eligible candidates for the position of patrolman in the Dunkirk City Police Department. Patricia Vendette Schwartz, a 1970 graduate of Dunkirk High School, is ranked third on the tentative list prepared by the Dunkirk Civil Service Commission. Keith Ahlstrom is ranked first, followed by Mark Czekanski. Patrick Mackowiak is fourth.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held at the Dunkirk-Fredonia Plaza for the opening of the Williams Brothers Village Shop. Today marks the first time since the plaza opened that it is completely full. Original plans called for 170,000 square feet of space with the plaza now having over 200,000 square feet of space.