Twenty years ago — 1997

The Dec. 16 Dunkirk Common Council meeting was the last for its two senior members. Councilman at Large Frank Gawronski and 4th Ward Councilman John Woloszyn were thanked by their colleagues during the last regular meeting of 1997. Mr. Gawronski, who was defeated in the November election by Norman Nalepa, was elected to the council for eight consecutive terms and served 16 years. He spent 14 years as the 2nd Ward councilman and two years as councilman at large. Mr. Woloszyn, who served from 1971 to 1975 and from 1985 until the present, decided last February not to seek another term on the council. He will be replaced in January by Janet Jankowski George, who defeated Mary Ann Herrington in the November election.

Thirty years ago — 1987

The Dunkirk Zoning Board of Appeals has approved a request that will allow a local doctor to convert a West Fourth Street residence into an office for his child psychology practice. Dr. Anthony Bongiovanni earlier this year was denied permission to convert 93 West Fourth St. into an office, primarily due to concerns about a lack of onstreet parking. Dr. Bongiovanni now explained that there was room behind the building to create a parking lot and as a result, there would be no parking congestion.

Forty years ago — 1977

Charles Acker, owner and manager of ACK Honda Sales and Auto Parts, 220 Washington Ave., Dunkirk recently won a one-week trip to just about anywhere in the world as the result of being chosen one of 12 top Honda dealers in parts sales in the United States.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Student of the Week Larry H. Manning ranks among the top three academically in his senior class at Forestville Central High School. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Manning of Overhiser Road, Forestville. Larry served as the student director of the junior play.