Twenty years ago — 1998

Shirley Janes, the newest member of the Silver Creek-Irving Chamber of Commerce, held a grand opening this month. A ribbon-cutting was held in front of the coffee shop located at 24 Howard St. in Silver Creek. Co-owners and sisters Eileen Fucina and Karen Bartoszek offer a variety of breakfast pastry, coffee, tea, eat-in or take-out, gift items and balloons. In addition to breakfast and lunches, Shirley Janes will make cakes to order and cater small parties. The shop is named for their deceased mother.

Thirty years ago — 1988

City of Dunkirk water department officials are in the process of shutting off water service to 75 to 100 water users who are six months or more in arrears on their water bills. Public Works Director Terry Pfleuger said he ordered the shutoff notices and that final notices were sent about two weeks ago. The amounts owed average about $250, he said, adding that most of the customers have been involved in similar delinquent situations before. In the past, the city seldom terminated water service due to delinquent bills, with customers being allowed to make partial payments to keep the water flowing. Mr. Pfleuger noted that partial payments are not actually allowed under the law and would no longer be accepted.

Forty years ago — 1978

“Friends,” a musical group consisting of four area men, recently released a 45 rpm record. The group members are James Mikula, 21; Rob Meger, 22; Wayne Saxton, 23, all of Cassadaga; and Martin Johnson, 25, of Jamestown. Two songs, “Who Needs Love?” and “Crying Tears” are featured on the record. Recording took place at the Tonmeister Studio at Fredonia State University College.

Fifty years ago — 1968

Miss Theresa Kofi-Agekum, 17, of Accra, Ghana, Africa, will arrive in August to begin her year as an exchange student at Silver Creek Central School.