Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997

The roomful of Stockton residents who turned out for a recent zoning board of appeals hearing spoke almost with one voice against allowing any more junkyards in the town. Furthermore, these same individuals want the ones that are illegally existing to be cleaned up. All of this came about as the ZBA considered a special use permit application filed by Joseph Strong for a vehicle dismantling center and scrap yard on Munger Road. In the end, the board voted to table any decision on the junkyard application until more information was obtained.

Thirty years ago — 1987

If any good is to come out of the fatal train accident earlier this month at a railroad crossing in Dunkirk which killed six teenagers, it is that people should learn to be more careful at such grade crossings and not play “Beat The Train.” That was the comment by Patricia B. Adduci, commissioner of the state Department of Motor Vehicles who visited the Dunkirk DMV office as part of a statewide tour. She pointed out that the DMV has a program called Operation Lifesaver across the state used to build public awareness of grade crossings and their dangers.

Forty years ago — 1977

Tim Newton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Newton of Irving, has been selected as the Student of the Week. One of the top-ranked students in the senior class at Silver Creek High School, Tim was chosen as a student intern to Assemblyman Rolland Kidder in Albany this past spring. He has been accepted at Purdue University.

Fifty years ago — 1967

The New York State Board of Regents has granted final authorization for a bachelor of music degree at Fredonia State University College. The new program will offer courses for music students who want to specialize in performance, composition, or theory, and will require fewer education classes.

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