Twenty years ago — 1998

Ask members of the Dunkirk High School Class of 1999 where they’re going and they’ll soon be able to say, “We’re going to Disney World.” That’s because the Dunkirk Board of Education is expected to approve a request for a senior class trip to Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Following her presentation, Senior Class Advisor Lori Woodard told board members the seniors would like to attend Disney World’s annual grad night on May 7. The trip will be open to all seniors, who will have the option of raising money for the trip by participating in fund-raising activities or paying for the cost of the trip outright.

Thirty years ago — 1988

A ground-breaking was held for Niagara Mohawk Power Corp.’s new service center at 385-401 Water St. in Fredonia. The contractor for the $3-million service center, L.G. Hall Contractor Inc. of Forestville, has guaranteed completion by July 4, 1989. NMP has owned the 20-acre plot of land on Water Street for eight years now. Land clearing and site development has been under way for some time. The crew facility will contain 94,000 square feet and will house 70 people and 30 company vehicles≥ It will serve as field headquarters for service to NMP customers in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties and a good portion of southern Erie County.

Forty years ago — 1978

Daniel Ryel of 90 Hamlet St., Fredonia is the winner of two-day vacation at Peek ‘n’ Peak in the contest sponsored by the county CETA and held during the Chautauqua County Fair. He presented the closest guess to the question, “How many people has the Chautauqua County Office of Employment and Training served so far in 1978 and how many did it serve in 1977?” The correct numbers were 2,654 and 4,150 respectively. Mr. Ryel was one of 180 people who entered the contest.

Fifty years ago — 1968

Ronald Maggio, son of Mr. and Mrs. John S. Maggio, 120 Liberty St., Fredonia has been selected “Sailor of the Month” for August by Training Squadron 31 at the Corpus Christi (Texas0 Naval Air Station. Competition for the award is very keen and Mr. Maggio was selected as the result of his good conduct, loyalty, neat appearance, attention to duty and his being more proficient in the performance of his duties than the average sailor of his experience.