Twenty years ago — 1998

A Center for Rural Regional Development and Governance has been established at Fredonia State University College, College President Dennis L. Hefner announced. “The goal is to keep the agenda of regionalism moving forward in Chautauqua County,” he said. The center was designed in response to the overwhelming interest in regionalism generated at the Chautauqua Conference on Regional Governance last summer. Seen as a critical step in advancing the cause of regionalism locally, the center was created by a $149,000 grant from the Gebbie Foundation of Jamestown. Directed by Fredonia State political scientist Len Faulk, the center will take on the role of catalyst in bringing about more examination and increased public understanding of the concept of regionalism.

Thirty years ago — 1988

W. Earl Minckler, who has served the village of Sinclairville in various capacities over the past 45 years, has resigned as deputy village clerk, effective immediately. In his letter to the village board, Mr. Minckler said he “found his contribution to the welfare of the village government has become negligible.” He also stated that on the whole, he has enjoyed working for the village.

Forty years ago — 1978

A “Do You Remember?” photo shows the diesel engine which pulled the last passenger train on the Nickel Plate Railroad June 3, 1963. This fast engine, called the “Blue Goose’ because of its light blue and white paint job, pulled six stainless steel cars. The train, the “Westerner,” was dispatched from the Buffalo/Erie/Lackawanna Station and stopped an hour later at Dunkirk, thus ending almost a hundred years of passenger service for this city.

Fifty years ago — 1968

The OBSERVER Pet of the Week is Rollo, a 2 1/2-year-old guinea pig, who appears to be camera shy while posing with his owners, Mark, 4; Susie, 10; and Nicki, 8. The youngsters are the children of Dr. and Mrs. Leonard Light, 50 West Fourth St., Dunkirk.