Twenty years ago — 1998

Donald C. Cotton Jr. is keeping Silver Creek’s storied tradition in music alive and well. Mr. Cotton, a 1985 SCCS graduate and music director for the Queen of Apostles School in Alexandria, Va., recently brought his choir to the White House to perform. The concert was presented for various diplomats and ambassadors on Dec. 20. President and Mrs. Clinton were unable to attend but the first daughter, Chelsea, did make an appearance. The group, whose members ranged from fourth to eighth grade, sang two 40-minute programs. While comprised mainly of Christmas songs, pieces from other cultures were also included in the programs.

Thirty years ago — 1988

A bright orange helium-filled balloon landed “in the pines” near John Borrello’s Dunkirk home and after retrieving it he learned that is was one of many released recently in Cleveland in salute to the Cleveland Browns football team. The brown and orange colored balloons were released before the Browns-Colts playoff game and evidently took two days to travel the 150 miles to Dunkirk. No prize was attached to the balloon.

Forty years ago — 1978

The current issue of “Area Development” magazine, the nation’s leading publication on sites and facility planning, carries an article on AL Tech Specialty Steel Corp. of Dunkirk, explaining how 35 employees bought the Bar Products Division from Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp.

Fifty years ago — 1968

Fredonia, the site of America’s first local Grange in 1868, has been chosen to host the five-day New York State Grange centennial convention in late October. More than 700 delegates are expected to converge on the community. Headquarters for the convention will be the 45-year-old red brick Fredonia Grange No. 1 hall on West Main Street.