Twenty years ago — 1997

Dunkirk mayoral candidate Henry “Hank” Serafin has named Alfred Shalkowski of Ocelot Street and Julian Serafin of Rabbit Street as his campaign managers. Both have assumed campaign responsibilities to help elect Mr. Serafin as mayor of the city and share an enthusiasm for a successful campaign. The managers said Dunkirk has many problems to address and Mr. Serafin has proven himself throughout the years, more recently as owner and operator of WBUZ radio and in a five-year term on the Dunkirk Board of Education where he led efforts to save School 7 from demolition.

Thirty years ago — 1987

Kenneth Wasmund, Ripley Central School superintendent, was honored this month by the New York State Educational Communications Directors’ Associates and the Center for Learning Technology. He received an award for his “efforts to foster the creative application of technology and telecommunications for educational purposes.” Mr. Wasmund’s leadership role in the development of the Chautauqua County translator system, which brought educational television to the rural schools in the region, was cited as a notable achievement. Prior to his recent appointment as Ripley superintendent, he served as the director of educational communications for Chautauqua County BOCES for 17 years.

Forty years ago — 1977

Two members of the Dunkirk Historical Society went before the Citizens Advisory Committee to appeal for support for locating the historic center in the First Church of Christ the Scientist at 513 Washington Ave. Louis Van Wey, society president, and Robert Harris, society vice president, pointed out the need for moving the historic center from its present location in the city water department building on Robin Street to the church.

Fifty years ago — 1967

The Dunkirk Common Council agreed to ask the Chautauqua County Board of Supervisors for financial aid for the operation and maintenance of Dunkirk city parks. The council contends that people from all over the county us Point Gratiot and Wright Park, the city’s two major parks, but escape having to foot the cost of operation.