Twenty years ago — 1997

A natural gas pipeline extending from western Canada to the East Coast of the United States could pass through Ripley. The project would be a major economic step forward for Ripley. The Millennium Pipeline planned by the Columbia Natural Gas Transmission Co. would be buried three feet under Lake Erie, exit the lake at Ripley and continue, due-east, through the state.

Thirty years ago — 1987

At the annual Westfield Recreation Commission’s banquet, Welch Foods Inc. of Westfield and James Weidman were honored. The recreation commission presented Mr. Weidman with a wall clock-plaque in appreciation of continued support of recreation events in Westfield. Welch Foods sponsors many recreation and community events including the Harvest Challenge, Overland Ski Marathon, Westfield Jazz Festival and the Westfield Concert in the Park series. Jack Voelker, former Westfield recreation director, presented the award to Mr. Weidman.

Forty years ago — 1977

Frank Piede of Silver Creek, who died July 20 this year, has been remembered by the United States. His wife, Judi, recently received in the mail an award sent from the White House and signed by President Carter, in honor of Mr. Piede. He was a prisoner of war in Germany during World War II for 26 months.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Fredonia officials are moving to create a new government position after longtime Village Clerk and Attorney Samuel L. Drayo retires at the end of the year. The post, which will carry most of Mr. Drayo’s present duties except those of attorney, will be title village administrator. The administrator will act as clerk-treasurer.