Twenty years ago — 1998

The future of harness racing in this area and those who make a living as owners and horseman is in doubt in New York State. Low purse sizes at racetracks and competition from Off Track Betting parlors may force the once prosperous and popular sport to pull up and dart toward other sites around the country and Canada. Concern for their business is being shown by Peg Trenholm and her husband, Fred Payne, owners of What Stables. They live in Fredonia and have been active in harness racing for 18 years as owners and breeders. According to Ms. Trenholm, six harness racing tracks are currently in operation across New York state, including Buffalo Raceway and Batavia Downs. Mr. Payne cites Off Track Betting as the major factor affecting the harness racing industry in New York state.

Thirty years ago — 1988

Two former Ripley Central School students were honored by the Ripley Grange. Chelsea McKenery and Elizabeth Kolpien received the grange’s Community Scholarship Fund award presented by Lewis Feiss, who was instrumental in having the fund transferred from the former Ripley Kiwanis organization to the grange. Chelsea and Elizabeth shared the honor of being co-salutatorians of Ripley’s 1987 graduating class. Currently, Chelsea is attending Delhi University for hotel management and Elizabeth attends the Wilma Boyd School in Pittsburgh where she is preparing for a career as a travel agent.

Forty years ago — 1978

Richard Makuch has been elected chairman of the board of directors for Project Brother, a social services program that is funded by the city of Dunkirk through its federal community development grants. Project Brother is located on Central Avenue at West Second Street with Hormon Dorsey as director of the program which provides a variety of services to low-income and minority families.

Fifty years ago — 1968

Dr. Alexander M. Chabe, professor of education at Fredonia State University College, is the author of three articles on Russian education and society published in national magazines during November and December. He has served as director and interpreter during field studies in the Soviet Union for the National Education Association.