Twenty years ago — 1998

The Pomfret Planning Board upheld a ruling made in October and December of last year that will allow the construction of a new AutoZone store at Routes 20 and 60. The Fredonia School Board opposed the plan because of the close proximity of the new building to school property, asking that the store be located closer to Route 20 or 60 so it is at least 25 feet from school property. In December, the Pomfret Zoning Board of Appeals granted a variance allowing the AutoZone building to be only nine feet from school property.

Thirty years ago — 1988

Dunkirk-Fredonia horse players are keeping an eye on Sorry About That, a three-year-old owned and trained by Sonny Hine, brother of AL Tech executive Marvin Hine. After a successful season as a two-year-old, Sorry About That started his three-year-old campaign recently in the Flamingo Stake, the first major prep race of the season. He finished one length behind Cherokee Colony, son of 1981 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Pleasant Colony. Sorry About That was sired by Guilty Conscience.

Forty years ago — 1978

A deal that calls for the city of Dunkirk to buy the vacant Sacred Heart properties and sell the former St. Mary’s School to the new St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish is expected to be finalized this month. The agreement was proposed two years ago and the Dunkirk Common Council last August approved the purchase of the Sacred Heart properties. However, the contracts have never been finalized. In agreeing to use $125,000 in federal community development funds to buy the Sacred Heart buildings, the council is expected to claim the church will be converted into a neighborhood center. But the city would prefer to demolish the Sacred Heart buildings and open up the site for new development. The state is interested in the site for a new building for its employment and unemployment offices.

Fifty years ago — 1968

The Dunkirk Neighborhood Family Center’s community developer has proposed that a rent control law be enacted in Dunkirk. Stressing the need for rent control, Roosevelt Haynes said that, in some cases, too much rent is being charged for some residences. He cited one example where a family is paying $20 a week plus utilities to live in an apartment located over a poultry market. In another case, nine people are living in three rooms in a Main Street site and pay $18 a week. A family on Columbus Street pays $70 a month and has no heat in four upstairs bedrooms with only one light fixture for the whole second floor.