Twenty years ago — 1998

Martha Pashley’s kindergarten class at Sinclairville Elementary School wants to save a portion of a South American rain forest that is in danger of being destroyed. With the help of their teacher, they had turned their classroom into a “paper rain forest” with vines, flowers, animals and birds suspended from the ceiling. The class is trying to raise $35 in order to purchase an acre of the rain forest located near Belize. Once that is done, it will forever belong to the students and no one will be able to cut down the trees or harm the animals that live there. The kindergartners are selling popcorn to others in the school so that they can accomplish this goal.

Thirty years ago — 1988

From City Shorts ….. Trash No-No — Non-city residents caught putting trash on city streets to be collected will be prosecuted, according to Public Works Director Terry Pfleuger and Police Chief Andrew Balzer. Pfleuger said he had received several reports of such activities. Chief Balzer said illegal dumpers could be charged with littering violations under the city code or with theft of services violations under the penal law.

Forty years ago — 1978

At a recent Dunkirk Board of Education meeting, board member Constantine Elias suggested the board authorize a district-wide study be conducted to see where and how the school systems might save money. Mr. Elias also cited a declining enrollment, staffing and energy as factors which might lead the board to consider possibly closing neighborhood elementary schools and building one elementary school to serve as more of a centralized facility.

Fifty years ago — 1968

The Dunkirk Chamber of Commerce honored Iroquois Gas Corp. at its annual banquet. The history of the company and the gas industry dates back to 1821 when natural gas was first used in the village of Fredonia to light the streets for General Lafayette’s historic visit. There are currently 109 employees assigned to the Dunkirk Service Center on West Second Street. The monument to the first gas well in Fredonia is known nationally and is now part of an expansion planned by Iroquois which also calls for a Natural Gas Museum near the site of the first well on West Main Street.