Twenty years ago — 1997

A thoroughly revised and enlarged edition of Daniel D. Reiff’s book, “Architecture in Fredonia,” which was first published in 1972, will be issued next month by the Fredonia Preservation Society. The fully-illustrated study, which has been out of print for a dozen years, will have several new sections and features reflecting research and discoveries of the past 25 years and a fuller assessment of all the major architectural styles found in Fredonia. The book also features a two-page map keyed to street addresses for most of the more than 100 Fredonia buildings illustrated. The volume, in a larger format than the original, has been expanded to 176 pages in length and now has 293 black-and-white illustrations. It is expected to be on sale in early December.

Thirty years ago — 1987

Dunkirk native Phil McGan of Salem, N.H., ham-radio operator, author and former OBSERVER reporter, recently received the “Cover Plate Award” presented by the American Radio Relay League, the national organization for amateur radio operators. Mr. McGan (WA2MBQ) received the award — the actual printing plate used for the front cover of the May 1987 edition of QST, the Journal of Ham Radio — for an article he wrote for the magazine. A freelance writer and photographer, Mr. McGan is an avid ham operator and serves the ARRL as public information officer for the state of New Hampshire.

Forty years ago — 1977

Brenda Ann Halas, 17, the OBSERVER Student of the Week, is a senior at Cassadaga Valley Central School. She is the daughter of Marjorie Carpenter of Cassadaga and Walter Halas of Dunkirk. Brenda is now serving as president of the Student Council, of which she was secretary for two years. She was recently chosen as the recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution award. When she graduates from high school, Brenda plans to enroll in a four-year college to major in elementary education.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Mr. and Mrs. W. Clancy Harrington attended the Quarter Century Club Awards dinner and dance given by Liberty National Bank and Trust Co. in Buffalo. Mrs. Harrington, who is assistant vice president of the Dunkirk office, received a three-diamond brooch pin from E. Perry Spink, honoring her for 45 years in banking.