Twenty years ago — 1998

Rose Bruyer, her daughter Connie Truax and their popular teddy bear business were featured in a color photo spread in the January/February issue of “Country Woman Magazine.” The feature story and four color photos focused on their family business called Kabob Bear Country which turns out hundreds of handcrafted teddy bears from May 1 to Dec. 24 from their home base located at 6359 Stockton-Cassadaga Road in Sinclairville. Following their wives’ lead, Bill Bruyer and Rod Truax combined to remodel an outbuilding on the family acres into a teddy bear headquarters customers can tour throughout the year. According to the mother-daughter team, their best sellers are birthday bears — one for each month.

Thirty years ago — 1988

From City Shorts ….. Mayor Madylon Kubera said this morning the city should consider a users fee for Point Gratiot and the possibility of trailer parking in one section of the park. She is seeking volunteers to form a committee to study park operations and come up with recommendations well before the park opens this spring. The group will also look at alcohol regulations in the park. On another topic, the mayor said she is reactivating the Dunkirk Industrial Development Agency to handle one particular aspect of the deal between the city and the developers of the proposed harborfront hotel.

Forty years ago — 1978

Student of the Week is Maureen McHale, 17, daughter of Mrs. Martha McHale, 14164 Mill St., Collins and the late Joseph McHale. A senior at Cardinal Mindszenty High School, Maureen is secretary of her senior class and vice president of the National Honor Society.

Fifty years ago — 1968

Dunkirk Common Council members, the mayor, and recreation officials are expected to take to the air on a whirlwind tour of ice rinks in New England states. Council members have yet to decide on whether or not they will accept the invitation of a Buffalo company to fly by commercial airlines to tour and see numerous enclosed ice skating rinks in the New England area. A brief meeting was held to discuss the possibility of constructing an artificial ice skating rink in the city. The matter was brought up before the council by Councilman George Hutchinson.