Twenty years ago — 1998

Construction of the 100-cell special housing unit at the Lakeview Shock Incarceration Facility is well under way. The unit, one of eight under construction at prisons around the state, is being built to maximum security specifications. This will not change the minimum security status of Lakeview Shock. Lakeview already has one 32-bed maximum security special housing unit which is used to house inmates who have failed to integrate into the military-style basic training shock program. The new facility is part of a statewide building program to address the shortage of prison beds and will not be integrated into the existing shock program.

Thirty years ago — 1988

Grand opening activities are under way at the Concord Jewelry Store in Stearn’s Court on Central Avenue, Dunkirk. Sara Falcone, the store owner, said she opened the jewelry store in Dunkirk because she feels the area will come back to life. “It has to start somewhere,” she added. Born and raised in Dunkirk and now living in Fredonia, Mrs. Falcone said this is her first jewelry store and that she opened it because she loves the business. She used to work for Paul’s Jewelers. The store has four employees working with Mrs. Falcone.

Forty years ago — 1978

The final remains of the battered coal cars which derailed in Dunkirk on Nov. 30, 1977 were finally removed last month from the East Third Street site near Washington Avenue. All that’s left of the 13-car wreck on East Third Street is some of the coal which spilled from the cars. Around 400 tons of coal were dumped when four cars of the 135-car Conrail train rolled over. Additional debris was dumped on the north side of the track.

Fifty years ago — 1968

One of Dunkirk’s varsity cheerleaders, Sally Husch, is this week’s Student of the Week. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Husch, 844 Bataan Ave., Sally has been a member of the cheering squad for three years and plans to major in physical education in college.

A Concord Council composed of 18 leading producers of that grape variety has formed in Dunkirk. It seeks to promote the industry without duplicating the work of other agencies. Elected to serve as its first president is James M. Merritt.