Twenty years ago — 1998

Sports columnist Jerry Reilly notes that Bob Wisniewski has a memento from his last Dunkirk-Fredonia basketball game. It was near the end of the 1988-89 season and it was already common knowledge that Wisniewski would not be returning as DHS coach the following season. The final game of the regular season was at Fredonia and before the game, Fredonia coach Dave Polechetti presented Wisniewski with a plaque, a going-away gift of sorts. It turned out to be more of a parting gift of the type TV quiz show contestants get for losing. “They gave me a plaque,” Wisniewski recalls, “then they went out and beat me by 40 points.”

Thirty years ago — 1988

The Sheridan Town Board voted to seek a State Supreme Court ruling on demolition of the former Iroquois Motel and Restaurant on Route 20. Members voted unanimously to seek a decision from the court to have the structures on the property torn down. The site has long been a topic of complaints to the board due to the dilapidated condition of the motel building and a former restaurant building on the lot. Attempts to locate the owner of the property have been unsuccessful.

Forty years ago — 1978

At a recent meeting of the Fredonia Grange, six entries were submitted for the New York State Grange Baking Contest. The entries were homemade chiffon cakes made from scratch. First prize was awarded to Mrs. Dorothy Munger; second prize to Mrs. Glenn Shero; and third prize, Mrs. Ada Marie Brown.

Fifty years ago — 1968

Forest Lodge 11 F&AM of Fredonia will celebrate “Harold R. Paschke Night” in the West Main Street clubrooms in honor of their longtime secretary, who retired Jan. 2. Mr. Paschke became a Master Mason, April 17, 1921. After advancing through the lodge offices, he was elected master in 1935. The following year, he became secretary.