Twenty years ago — 1998

Having received the proper permits from the Army Corps of Engineers and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, owner Don Beckstein said he plans a million-dollar renovation of Hideaway Bay Restaurant on Lake Avenue in Silver Creek. Among the renovations planned are a 1,400 square foot, 100-seat banquet room with teleconferencing capacity; renovation of existing cottage into a possible micro-brew pub; a three-story brick and frame lake lodge which would contain 20 rooms and 10 two-room suites; and the addition of another seasonably-removable dock for boaters. The price range for the project is estimated to be between $1.2 to $1.5 million.

Thirty years ago — 1988

The Rev. Gregory C. Mikula was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Lublin, Poland on Dec. 12, 1987. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Mikula of Cassadaga, traveled to Poland to attend the ordination ceremony. Father Mikula entered the diocesan seminary of Lublin in the fall of 1983. He studied for one year at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. In addition to pastoral assignments in Poland, he served at Holy Cross Parish in Buffalo for one summer. Father Mikula’s first Mass will be celebrated at his family’s ancestral church near Sandomierz in southeast Poland. He will be assigned to the Lublin Diocese.

Forty years ago — 1978

County Republican Committee Chairman Robert L. Gloor of Fredonia attacked the appointment of Andrew Tangalos as county personnel director. Mr. Gloor said, “Many of us hoped that the practice of appointing political cronies to important county positions could come to an end and that Joseph Gerace could be prevailed upon to make his appointments, at least partly, on the basis of ability. The county executive’s appointment of his loyal political ally, Andrew Tangalos, to this office does little to support those hopes. Mr. Tangalos has almost nothing in the way of experience to recommend him for this job and in fact does not meet the county’s minimum qualifications for the position.”

Fifty years ago — 1968

Dunkirk’s Housing Authority is leaning more and more toward the idea that an 11-story high rise apartment to be erected overlooking Lake Erie between Main and Deer streets should be heated electrically. That was the consensus during a special meeting at city hall.