Twenty years ago — 1998

The city of Dunkirk received a refund of more than $90,000 from Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. today for the overcalculation of street lighting charges for six years. After a count of street lights in the city by Niagara Mohawk last year, it was determined that the city had been charged for more lights than were in service and was due a rebate of $12,000 to $14,000. However, Public Works Director Randy Woodbury believed the overcalculation had occurred for several years and contacted Niagara Mohawk on the matter. After further review, Niagara Mohawk determined the overcalculation had existed for six years and offered a refund of more than $90,000.

Thirty years ago — 1988

Retired since Jan. 29, after a 24-year career with Chautauqua County Auto Club Inc. (AAA), Mrs. Florence R. Dombrowski was guest of honor at a dinner at the White Inn in Fredonia. Gifts to the retiree included a lifetime membership in AAA and a mantel clock with an inscribed pendulum, an engraved pendant and a proclamation presented by Chautauqua County Executive John Glenzer, who attended the event. At the time of her retirement, Mrs. Dombrowski was domestic travel supervisor for the auto club. Her future plans include looking after her mother, Mrs. Walter Dobrzynski, who is 93, and traveling to see her children.

Forty years ago — 1978

Despite several setbacks, the Silver Creek Jaycees held their first Outstanding Teenage Young Person contest recently. Winning the award was Tim Newton of Southerland Road, Irving. A student at Silver Creek Central School, Tim plans to attend either Purdue University or Notre Dame, where he will major in telecommunications. He hopes someday to go on to a career in television or radio. Runnersup in the contest were Bonnie Burghardt of Angell Road, Silver Creek and Diane Opell of Waite Road, Dunkirk.

Fifty years ago — 1968

Members of Local 108, American Federation of Musicians, will honor Carl Dispenza, their secretary for the past 35 years, during the annual installation banquet at the Town and Country Restaurant. Mr. Dispenza opened his own music store on East Third Street before recently selling out to Richard Crino.