Twenty years ago — 1997

Close to 30 people braved the cold wintry weather to attend the official opening of the Griswold Road bridge in the town of Arkwright. State Assemblyman Bill Parment, who was instrumental in obtaining $200,000 in state funds used to offset the cost of the $390,000 structure, referred to the opening as a “fitting end to Arkwright’s version of the Civil War.” This comment was in reference to the summer-long battle between Arkwright Supervisor Jack Dillenberg and County Executive Andrew Goodell over how the state funds were to be applied to the total cost of the bridge. The war of words between the two officials was finally concluded at the end of October and the new bridge’s construction began the first week of November.

Thirty years ago — 1987

From Ad News … The Short Stop Deli and Pizzeria recently held their grand opening. Prize giveaways included a TV and two box seats to the Cleveland Indians 1988 season opener. ….. Congratulations to McDonald’s on the recent grand opening celebration of their new “Double Drive-Thru System.” ….. Concord Jewelers recently opened its doors just in time for Christmas. The store is located at 338 Stearns Court, Dunkirk. ….. Diane Cybulski, owner of Diane’s Fashions & Shoes at 38 West Main in Fredonia, recently held a grand opening.

Forty years ago — 1977

Student of the Week is Linda Crowe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Crowe Jr. of Bear Lake Road, Fredonia. A senior at Brocton Central School, Linda is the president of the Future Homemakers of America and the National Honor Society.

Fifty years ago — 1967

“Up With People,” the singout craze hitting the United States, has established a firm toehold in Dunkirk and appears ready to blossom out into a major community attraction. It is a project under which people of all backgrounds, creeds and nationalities join together in song to promote understanding and brotherhood. The local group meets weekly at the Neighborhood Family Center.