Twenty years ago — 1998

The Silver Creek Youth Group from the First United Church recently took a little shopping trip. However, they weren’t doing this for themselves. Located behind the First United Church on Park Place in Silver Creek is the Non-Profit Used Clothing Center. There the group will sell the clothes and supplies they bought to the poor and needy for half price. Helen Dening led the group of about six students, including Morgan Brennan, Brianna Palmer and Amanda Brennan, to three area stores. Other items purchased included backpacks, paper and lunch boxes.

Thirty years ago — 1988

From City Shorts ….. David M. Pleszewski started work Aug. 7 as a new patrolman with the city police department. Officer Pleszewski has had previous experience with the Westfield Police Department and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department Navigation Patrol. His appointment to the force fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Desk Sgt. Leroy Fox earlier this year. ….. Dunkirk Animal Control Officer Bob Meyer is reminding city residents that, under the city code, dog owners are required to prevent their pets from howling or barking long or loud enough to disturb others.

Forty years ago — 1978

The Hayner-Hoyt Corp. of Syracuse has been named the general contractor for Dunkirk’s new $1.2 million shopping plaza that will feature a Loblaws supermarket and a CVS drugstore. The plaza will be constructed on a site between Main, East Third, East Fourth and Deer streets in Dunkirk. The development is the largest single project in Dunkirk’s urban renewal program. The plaza is scheduled to open for business near the end of 1979≥

Fifty years ago — 1968

An 18-year-old Dunkirk Marine has been awarded the Purple Heart for wounds sustained in combat in Vietnam. He is Lance Cpl. William E. Wisniewski, son of Mrs. Emily A. Wisniewski of 129 Margay St., Dunkirk and the late Stanley Wisniewski. A member of the First Marine Division, Cpl. Wisniewski helped capture and destroy enemy forces during large-scale operations in Vietnam.