Twenty years ago — 1997

Opening arguments were heard before State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Gerace in an Article 78 proceeding filed by two property owners who want to build a single-family home at 9041 Spoden Road in Pomfret near the Fredonia reservoir. Nicholas Geiben and Lyndel Lesch filed the proceeding asking Judge Gerace to annul the conditions placed on their special use permit by the Pomfret Zoning Board of Appeals. Zoning board members ruled the home must be constructed on the east side of a ridge away from the reservoir to protect the village watershed from possible pollution.

Thirty years ago — 1987

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug co-discovered by a Fredonia native that unclogs coronary arteries in the hours following a heart attack by dissolving blood clots. Fredonia native Diane Pennica, Ph.D., of San Francisco, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Pennica of 173 Berry St., Fredonia, and a colleague used recombinant engineering in discovering TPA (tissue plasminogen activator). The drug will also improve the functioning of the heart and reduce the incidence of congestive heart failure.

Forty years ago — 1977

The state Labor Office in Dunkirk may be moved to a site at Main and Ruggles streets in the city’s urban renewal district. The state Office of General Services has proposed leasing 7,000 square feet of space in a privately-owned building at the Dunkirk site. Sacred Heart Church, now closed, is located at the site. The Dunkirk Urban Renewal Agency already has agreed to buy the Sacred Heart complex and reportedly is willing to demolish the buildings to make the site available for development. Some persons had proposed using the former Sacred Heart Church for a community center.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Twelve mothers representing the School 6 Parents Club made an appeal to the Dunkirk Board of Education to have a principal appointed to the school. The matter was referred by President Mrs. Peter Meister to Superintendent of Schools Franklin H. Hazard. There has been no principal at the school this year.