Twenty years ago — 1997

Board and staff members of the Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation and Improvement Corporation (CHRIC) kicked off a celebration of 20 years of improving the housing stock of Chautauqua County on Dec. 11. Twenty years ago this month, incorporation papers were signed to create CHRIC. The mission of the new agency was to continue and expand housing work being done by Leonard Faulk Jr. within the county department of planning and development under John Luensman. Over the 20 years, CHRIC has rehabilitated about 700 homes throughout the county, with major recent programs in Cherry Creek and Stockton. In partnership with private developers, the agency has developed about 300 units of senior citizen housing and 19 units of handicapped housing.

Thirty years ago — 1987

Members of the Dunkirk Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol flew to Buffalo for a tour of the control tower and weather office at Buffalo International Airport. A highlight of the tour was an opportunity to hear air traffic controllers give takeoff instructions to the plane carrying the Buffalo Bills football team on its way to Los Angeles for Sunday’s game. The Red Wing Co. of Fredonia provided a plane and pilot for the squadron’s trip.

Forty years ago — 1977

The Fredonia Village Board of Trustees unanimously resolved to appoint Samuel Ricotta, 732 Washington Ave., Dunkirk as a full-time building inspector effective Jan. 2, 1978. One of 18 applicants for the position, Mr. Ricotta has 3 1/2 years experience as a building inspector’s aide for the city of Dunkirk.

Fifty years ago — 1967

The area’s first baby of 1967 will be celebrating a birthday soon. He is Dennis Cerrie, son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel S. Cerrie, 109 Forest Place, Fredonia. Dennis was born at 8:44 a.m. New Year’s Day at Brooks Hospital, where he weighed in at 7 lb. 6 oz.