Twenty years ago — 1997

Members of the Dunkirk Common Council have indicated they will support a plan to restore the youth and recreation director position to the 1998 city budget. The position is one of six proposed for elimination by Mayor Margaret Wuerstle. During a recent workshop session, the council heard a proposal from Youth and Recreation Director Robert Patterson that restored his job while cutting about $24,000 from the mayor’s total proposal for the recreation department, beach and pools and youth bureau. “My attempt was to find money to fund my position and other savings,” Patterson said, noting 50 percent of his salary is reimbursed by the state. His plan calls for closing the JFK Pool at Wright Park for one year and cutting back the number of city beaches from four to two.

Thirty years ago — 1987

The proposed merger of the Westfield and Mayville school districts is a dead issue. The results of a recent straw vote on the proposed merger left no doubt as to how the majority of residents feel about the plan. The voting results in Westfield showed 870 against the plan and 317 in favor. In Mayville, there were 613 against and 249 in favor. The straw vote was held to determine if there is sufficient interest in the proposed merger. The recent balloting was the end result of about two years’ worth of work, which included obtaining a merger study grant, the study phase, ad hoc committee reports and public hearings. I

Forty years ago — 1977

Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. programs received plaudits from county, state and federal legislators at the anti-poverty agency’s open house activities celebrating its new location at 188 S. Erie St., Mayville. Among the speakers at the event were Congressman Stanley N. Lundine. About 75 persons attended the opening and ribbon-cutting ceremonies.

Fifty years ago — 1967

The Mark Fountain in the west half of Fredonia’s Barker Common stands shorter after a falling tree last week demolished the cast-iron cluster of cherubs which had crowned it for 66 years. Village officials report the damage, which may cost more than $5,000 to repair, is covered by insurance.