Twenty years ago — 1998

Sports columnist Jon Westman salutes Jim Fretterick, who purchased the Pine Lanes in South Dayton at the age of 23. Now 27, Jim has earned the respect and continued support of his employees and bowlers≥ “Jimmy is a wonderful and caring person,” said volunteer cook Judy Osterstuck. He opens his business for children immediately after school is out once a week. The children are introduced to the sport of bowling through leagues that allow them to learn and develop their skills according to age groups. Jim is always willing to sponsor teams for children and support them in fundraising projects. As such, he is a terrific representative of the community.

Thirty years ago — 1988

The economy is the most important issue facing Chautauqua County today, according to the results of a survey by State Assemblyman Bill Parment (D-North Harmony). The survey also shows residents are concerned about roads and bridges, welfare, taxes and the environment. When asked to name the most important issue facing the county, 31 percent said the economy followed by roads and bridges at 18 percent. “The key issue is the economy,” Mr. Parment said. “Whether the response is jobs, economic development, unemployment or opportunities for the young, it all means the same thing — people are concerned about the economy.”

Forty years ago — 1978

Elizabeth “Betsy” Morse, 24, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard A. Morse, 321 Central Ave., Fredonia and an alumna of Fredonia High School, Class of 1971, has the distinction of being the first weatherwoman in the state of Montana. She is employed by the National Weather Service in Great Falls.

Fifty years ago — 1968

Student of the Week is Richard S. Johnson, 17, president of Dunkirk High School’s National Honor Society chapter and vice president of the Student Council. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Seth Johnson, 81 West Fourth St., Dunkirk, he was recently chosen “most likely to succeed” by his senior class.