Twenty years

ago — 1997

With the prospect of retirement and the sale of his business looming, Larry Beaver reminisced about his time at Astro Lanes. Larry and his wife of 47 years, Sarah, purchased Red Dot Lanes from Richard Fote in June 1978. Prior to that, he had been in construction for 28 years as a home builder. The couple changed the name of the establishment to Astro Lanes in 1983 with the emphasis on a family environment. He is now looking to sell the business and officially retire.

Thirty years ago — 1987

From the Reporter’s Notebook ….. A gaggle of 33 blue geese was reportedly seen earlier this month in an area off Route 380 near Stockton. This is the largest gaggle of blue geese seen in Western New York in some time, according to local bird watchers. They actually are snow geese currently in their blue phase (there also is a white phase). These geese nest in the Hudson Bay area of Canada and then migrate to southern New Jersey and North Carolina during the winter months.

Forty years ago — 1977

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Dunkirk, closed since June 27 for renovation and reopened on Oct. 29, was rededicated at 5 p.m. this Sunday with a Mass of Rededication having the Most Rev. Edward D. Head, D.D., bishop of Buffalo, as the principal celebrant. A public reception followed in the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School hall.

Fifty years ago — 1967

The Fredonia Fire Department recently dedicated its new flagpole and granite monument which was place in front of the firehall on Church Street. Fire Chief John Dyckes said the flag flying over the monument had once flown over the Capitol and was sent by Congressman Charles E. Goodell.