Twenty years ago — 1997

The Dunkirk Common Council is hoping a local businessman’s plan to hold a New Year’s Eve fireworks display will spark a holiday tradition in the community. The council recently approved a request from Demetrios Tsirtsakis of Katerina’s and Demetri’s on the Lake to hold a New Year’s Eve fireworks display on the city pier. The restaurateur will hire Zambelli International of New Castle, Pa., for the show, which will last about 30 minutes and feature about 200 shells. The council also approved a $250 donation for the event, with the money to come from the celebrations account.

Thirty years ago — 1987

Roger Newell has been appointed assessor in the town of Dunkirk, effective Jan. 1. He will fill the unexpired term of Lorraine Altweis, who resigned last month. His appointment was unanimously approved at a salary of $5,800 per year. Mr. Newell, an Arkwright resident, also serves as assessor for the towns of Pomfret and Villenova. Town Supervisor Robert Altweis explained that many communities have had to go outside their boundaries to find someone who meets the stringent state specifications — both experience and education — for the position of assessor.

Forty years ago — 1977

The sealing of the cornerstone at Dunkirk City Hall took place Dec. 17. The cornerstone was removed last May in observance of the 50th anniversary of the construction of city hall in 1927. Metal boxes found behind the cornerstone were opened and items were displayed. Mayor Gilbert Snyder has been collecting items for boxes that were placed behind the cornerstone. Councilman George Corsoro, a construction worker, sealed the cornerstone. No formal ceremony was observed.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Donald Klinefelter, president of the Dunkirk Humane Society, warned that the killing of two young Lynchburg, Va., boys by a pack of dogs “could happen here in Dunkirk.” He asked city residents to join with his organization to help rid the city of dangerous packs of dogs.