Twenty years ago — 1998

While many Roman Catholic churches across the country are merging or closing due to a lack of parishioners and priests, churches in northern Chautauqua County are thriving, according to the Rev. Patrick Elis, northern Chautauqua County Episcopal Vicar for the Diocese of Buffalo. Between 1976 and 1996, the number of Catholic households in northern Chautauqua County increased by 14 percent, from 6,240 to 7,103. Seventy-seven percent of the Catholics in northern Chautauqua County are in Dunkirk and Fredonia. Over the last 10 years, the number of households registered at St. Hyacinth’s Parish in Dunkirk has increased, with the elementary school helping to bring new families into the parish.

Thirty years ago — 1988

Grand opening activities kicked off at Crazy Charlie’s Appliance Center on West Main Road in Fredonia earlier this month and will continue running until Feb. 13. More than $1,000 in prizes will be given away during the grand opening. Formerly Latimer’s Appliance Center, Crazy Charlie’s is owned and operated by Charlie Rood, who bought the business last October from Wally Latimer. Mr. Rood was an employee of Latimer’s for 15 years. He stressed that Crazy Charlie’s is a family-run business, with three family members assisting in the operations. Mr. Rood stated that his goal in the next five years is for Crazy Charlie’s to be the largest appliance store in Chautauqua County.

Forty years ago — 1978

Michael McCune of 4 University Drive, Fredonia was presented the Amelia Earhart Award from the Civil Air Patrol. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry McCune and a senior at Fredonia High School, Michael has been a member of the CAP for five years.

Fifty years ago — 1968

Councilmen in 14 cities in New York State are paid less than councilmen in Dunkirk. Some of the cities are larger than Dunkirk and others are smaller. For example, Dunkirk councilmen receive $1,350 while Amsterdam, with a population of 28,772 pays councilmen $1,200.