Twenty years ago — 1998

Sports columnist Jerry Reilly notes that once again, the Dunkirk Little League is in danger of having to drop some teams. The numbers just aren’t there. Numbers, he stressed, meaning children interested in playing baseball or softball. Last year, the league dropped two boys’ teams and one girls’ team. The numbers have been going down for years, and not just in Dunkirk. Fredonia has had dropped teams too. So have larger communities. And smaller ones. For some reason, baseball and softball have lost their appeal. The drop in numbers coincided with the implementation of a registration fee a few years ago. The league costs $20,000 to run each year.

Thirty years ago — 1988

Cassadaga native Roxanne Pulitzer, author of “The Prize Pulitzer,” has seen her version of life in exclusive Palm Beach hit the New York Times best seller list. The book is full of gossip about the rich and the famous. In an interview, she said she no longer talks with her former husband, publishing heir Herbert “Peter” Pulitzer. “Sadder but wiser,” Roxanne laments, “I’ve learned that the rules are different in Palm Beach, just as the rich are different. Both are more ruthless. My story is about that difference and my failure to appreciate it, whether out of foolishness, love, passion or all three.”

Forty years ago — 1978

Residents of the Dunkirk-Fredonia area will see a familiar face on the television screen when the Children’s Telethon airs March 11 and 12. The face will be that of Arlene Jamieson of Fredonia, who will have the job of operating and controlling the tote board which is so often shown on the screen to indicate new totals of dollars raised. She will be called the “Liberty Lady” because she was selected to act in this capacity by the Liberty National Bank and Trust Co., one of the sponsors of the telethon. Mrs. Jamieson is a customer service representative at the Fredonia office of Liberty.

Fifty years ago — 1968

Three young ladies have been named by the Silver Creek Business and Professional Women’s Club to take part in the Youth Leadership Conference at Syracuse University this month. Chosen were Ann Muccigrosso, Roberta Mangano and Felicia Bentham, all juniors at Silver Creek Central School.