Twenty years ago — 1997

Some Catholic clergy concede they eat steak and pot roast on Fridays these days, but many favor a return to meatless Fridays to improve penitence and unify America’s 61 million Roman Catholics. Roman Catholics used to be required to abstain from meat on Fridays, the day the Bible says Jesus suffered and died on the cross. The rule was abandoned in the 1960s, but still is in effect during Lent. Now, the 300-member National Conference of Catholic Bishops has voted to study a proposal to resume the longtime practice.

Thirty years ago — 1987

The new, expanded Rite Aid Store at 224 Central Ave., Silver Creek recently held its grand opening ceremonies with local dignitaries on hand to assist in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Operations of the expanded store will continue under the management of John Lamparelli. The store now features a wider variety of brand name products at discounted prices, over 1,000 Rite Aid brand products ranging from health and beauty aids to household goods, a video rental department with over 1,000 popular titles and expanded pharmacy services focusing on generic substitution.

Forty years ago — 1977

Officials of the Darwin R. Barker Library in Fredonia are continuing their search for a larger building to move into or possibly a construction site for a new library. The library has received permission from the Fredonia Village Board early in April to conduct a fund-raising drive to alleviate existing cramped conditions. A site must be found before the drive can get under way, however, and that’s what the library staff has been working on since April.

Fifty years ago — 1967

The Neighborhood Family Center, located at 325 Main St., Dunkirk, may close its doors, board up the windows and send everyone home come December. It wouldn’t be much of a Christmas present for the nearly 250 families receiving all sorts of help today. The center is caught in the middle of the battle going on in Washington, D.C. The Johnson administration is pushing for a $2.06 billion anti-poverty authorization while the House Appropriations Committee wants the figure slashed to $1.6 billion. Dunkirk’s Neighborhood Family Center is one of the facilities throughout the nation that is financed by anti-poverty funds.