Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1998

Mary S. Dibble, better known as Billie, recently completed her 40th year of employment at the Patterson Library. To mark the anniversary and honor Mrs. Dibble’s dedication to serving the residents of Westfield, a public reception was held on Valentine’s Day at the library. Mrs. Dibble began her employment with the library in 1957. She has worked with seven different library directors. Her wealth of knowledge about Westfield and her work at the library led to her position as Westfield Town Historian. In recognition of her contributions to the community, Mayor Ronald Catalano proclaimed Feb. 14, 1998 “Billie Dibble Day.”

Thirty years ago — 1988

A new full-service florist at 50 West Main St. in Fredonia opened its doors this month just in time for Valentine’s Day. “Floral Images” offers a wide assortment of flowers and crafts. The owner/manager is Terry Russo, who lives in Portland. She said she chose Fredonia for her shop because it is a nice location in a community that seems to be growing. Prior to opening this shop, Mrs. Russo worked at the Changing Seasons Flower Shop in Westfield and, before that, at the Garden Gate Florist in Dunkirk.

Forty years ago — 1978

Fredonia Fire Chief Roger Britz is pictured standing at the front of the Fredonia Fire Department’s 1978 Plymouth station wagon, the chief’s car. The new car is painted lime yellow because it is “the most visible color,” according to the chief. Car and equipment cost about $5,000.

Fifty years ago — 1968

Two Dunkirk students are among the 541 winners of the 1968 special New York state scholarships for children of deceased or disabled members of the armed forces of the United States. They are Walter Drag, a Dunkirk High School senior and Carl J. Scaglione, a senior at Cardinal Mindszenty High School.

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