Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998

A decision regarding the future of Forest Hill Cemetery in Fredonia was deferred by its board of directors following a meeting of lost owners held in the 1891 Fredonia Opera House. The picturesque cemetery which encompasses more than 42 acres in the middle of the village has been plagued by financial problems in recent years. If the cemetery association board is unable to maintain the operation, it would automatically revert to the town of Pomfret under state law. Among the problems that led to the current situation were unexpected expenditures in 1997 to clean up a leaking gasoline tank that was found on cemetery property on Newton Street that formerly was owned by Sahle Brothers greenhouse. There are nearly 16,500 people buried in Forest Hill.

Thirty years ago — 1988

The Dunkirk Zoning Board of Appeals has postponed a decision until next month on a request to reopen the Beachwood Tavern at 13 Lake Shore Drive West. At the same time, it gave the prospective operator of the tavern, John Davis Sr., a week to provide additional information on how he would provide parking for tavern patrons. Mr. Davis operated the Beachwood from 1983 to 1984, then closed it after allowing his liquor license to lapse. When he sought permission to reopen the business last year, he was denied due to insufficient off-street parking. Because the tavern was closed for more than a year, the “grandfather” protection that previously allowed it to operate out of compliance with the parking space requirements, was lost.

Forty years ago — 1978

Pictured is Richard Schweider and Anthony Castiglia of Empire Developers and Dennis Greenfield, a Burger King representative, as they strike a pose at ground-breaking ceremonies for a new, 3600-square-foot Burger King to be constructed on Bennett Road between Pizza Hut and Valu Home Center.

Fifty years ago — 1968

The Dunkirk Common Council has approved a request of the Veterans of Foreign Wars to hold their annual convention in Dunkirk. The 24th Annual Sixth District Conference of the VFW will be held in Dunkirk the first week of June with more than 1,000 veterans from Chautauqua, Erie and Cattaraugus counties expected to converge upon the city at this time.

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