Twenty years ago — 1997

Conrail recently completed cleanup efforts from September’s train derailment but the cause of the accident remains under investigation. Temple Road between Willow Road and Route 5 in the town of Dunkirk recently reopened after being closed for two months. This section of Temple Road was closed to facilitate cleanup efforts following the Sept. 15 derailment of 36 of 94 cars of a Conrail freight train. The cleanup included the containment of 6,000-to-8,000 gallons of concentrated sulfuric acid and 2,000 gallons of waste oil which spilled from some of the derailed tank cars. Cost of the cleanup, including property damage, is estimated at $1 million.

Thirty years ago — 1987

Former Dunkirk Fire Chief Donald Loeb, who was honored at a testimonial dinner recently, has been awarded a certificate of appreciation by Dunkirk Mayor Edwin Gregoreski. The mayor noted that Mr. Loeb’s community service has included membership in Hose Co. No. 1 since 1946; two terms as fire chief (1960-1961 and 1970-1971) and county fire inspector for 17 years. Mr. Loeb is also an honorary member of Dunkirk Paid Professional Firefighters Local 616.

Forty years ago — 1977

Construction is well under way on a 110-foot water tank in the North County Industrial Park east of Dunkirk. The tank, which will have a capacity of 400,000 gallons, is located at the corner of Werle Road and the new access road for the industrial park. The tank will assure water pressure for industries in the event of fire and will reduce fire insurance rates for the industries. Construction of the tank is funded by a $400,000 grant from the federal Farmers Home Administration. The grant will be repaid over a 40-year period by the industrial park water district.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Gov. Nelson Rockefeller today announced his approval of a Pure Waters Grant of $5,153,650 toward construction of an $8,735,000 sewage treatment system in the city of Dunkirk. The project provides for the construction of a secondary treatment plant, new interceptors, a pumping station and modifications of the existing plant.