Twenty years ago — 1998

The recent fire at the Coburn building on the 100 block of Central Avenue in Dunkirk has resulted in a trying time for residents and employees at the building. The damage estimate is around $35,000. In addition to several low-income housing units, the Coburn building is home to the Rural Ministry offices as well as the Garment Gallery, which recently reopened. The Friendly Kitchen has resumed serving meals to the needy. As of today, only three tenants have moved back into their apartments and there are still about 27 adults and children who have had to stay with relatives, friends or find rooms at local motels. An investigation revealed that the fire was intentionally set by one of the third-floor tenants.

Thirty years ago –1988

Lake Shore Savings and Loan Association of 128 East Fourth St., Dunkirk, the area’s only local savings and loan institution, has opened a second local office to serve its customers. Located at 85 West Main St., Fredonia in the old National Fuel Gas customer service building, the office, like its headquarters, will also be a full-service institution. The institution’s vice president, David Mancuso, who will be the managing officer at the new location, said Lake Shore has something new in banking to offer to Fredonia residents that no other similar institution in the village has: Saturday office hours.

Forty years ago — 1978

As a result of the reduction in the administrative staff of the school, Brocton School Principal Charles Marshall was informed by the school board that his contract will not be renewed when it expires July 1, 1978.

Fifty years ago — 1968

Posthumous awards were given to Mrs. Mary McCarty, 715 Washington Ave., Dunkirk by Major C. Ward, USMC. Mrs. McCarty’s husband, 2nd Lt. Glenn M. McCarty, was killed March 28, 1967 when a mine exploded in Vietnam. He had been in Vietnam for eight months when the explosion occurred.