Twenty years ago — 1997

4-H is taking root and branching out in Chautauqua County. There are currently 38 clubs throughout the county with a total membership of about 650 young people between the ages of 9 and 19. The clubs are spread out, with one located in every village and city in the county. Clubs such as the Clover Buds which began in 1990 serve as an introduction to the 4-H program for youngsters between the age of five and eight. Many of them are the brothers and sisters of 4-H members who want to follow in their footsteps. An extensive range of programs are offered through 4-H, such as animal science which includes horses, dairy cattle, livestock, rabbits, poultry and dog obedience; agriculture engineering which takes in woodworking, electricity, conservation and environmental protection; clothing and textile classes; food and nutrition; and creative crafts.

Thirty years ago — 1987

A mural depicting life in Fredonia from prehistoric time to today, painted last spring by 14 Fredonia seniors, now hangs on the walls of Wheelock School. According to John Siskar, high school art teacher, the 108 by 4 ft. mural was painted on masonite boards as an independent study class project. It was completed in about five months by Rick DeJohn, Alicia Masocco, Donna Murphy, Buddy Nolan, Rick Rafan, Rick Raynor, Denise Sealander, Jeff Treni, Michael Triaga, Larry Valvo, Gene Wood, Ethan Zlotcher, Nitida Wirojratana and Jonathan Woolson.

Forty years ago — 1977

Perry Colburn, Fourth District Chautauqua County legislator, is continuing his efforts to obtain expanded, toll-free service in Dunkirk for Cassadaga exchange customers of the Dunkirk and Fredonia Telephone Co. Mr. Colburn has collected more than 400 signatures from Cassadaga Telephone Co. customers supporting the toll-free service.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Among the many and well-known services provided by the Dunkirk Free Library to local residents is the bookmobile which stops every other Tuesday on Antelope Street and Lake Shore Drive East. A group of children from the Boorady Reading Center in Dunkirk is pictured looking over books displayed for the summer reading club, “Vacation Readers Go Everywhere.” The library is a beehive of activity daily. It will receive $2,000 from the United Fund of Dunkirk-Fredonia.