Twenty years ago — 1997

Three different groups have expressed interest in the vacant School 6 building in Dunkirk. The Northern Chautauqua Boys & Girls Club has an interest in leasing the facility, which closed in June. The club is currently located in the Masonic Temple Building on Central Avenue in Dunkirk. The Randolph’s Children’s Academy is also interested in the building and is working to obtain a grant. In addition, Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. also has expressed an interest, but has not presented anything to the school district in writing as of yet. The board of education decided to close School 6 last March in an effort to consolidate and possibly reconfigure the district’s elementary schools.

Thirty years ago — 1987

The opening of the Route 17 Southern Tier Expressway link between Jamestown and Erie could have tremendous positive impact on the southern part of Chautauqua County. Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency Chairman Paul Sandberg said, “I believe the long-waited opening of this link will mean a tremendous increase in traffic and accessibility for Jamestown industry.” Opening of the final 3.5-mile section of the 7.2-mile Pennsylvania segment of the highway was celebrated recently at ceremonies near Findley Lake.

Forty years ago — 1977

Claiming there is a relationship between the way a person dresses and his or her behavior, Dunkirk High School Assistant Principal John Mancuso has initiated a program known as Marauder 3R Plus 1. Young ladies at Dunkirk High can now take part in a program that encourages the novelty of “dressing up for school” by requiring them to wear a dress or skirt to school at least three times a week.

Fifty years ago — 1967

A special citation, the Forty-One for Freedom, was presented to the Excelco Developments Inc. in Silver Creek by Lt. Cmdr. G.F. Reid for Secretary of the Navy Paul H. Nitze. The award was given in recognition of the “distinguished service in the development of the ballistic missile weapon system.”