Twenty years ago — 1998

Shortly after midnight on Vineyard Drive in Dunkirk, cars jammed the Blockbuster parking lot and a quiet line of customers — most of them female — snaked its way from the front of the store all around the perimeter of the building. They came from near and far to buy or rent copies of the movie “Titanic.” Evening shift workers handed out popcorn to waves of hungry nocturnal patrons who waited patiently for a chance to purchase the $24.95 double video release. The store, which normally closes at midnight, stayed open until 2 a.m. to cater to fans of this winter’s record-setting release.

Thirty years ago — 1988

The owners of six apartment buildings in Dunkirk have been given 10 days to move all tenants from their buildings and to keep the structures unoccupied until they are brought into compliance with the city’s housing code. The orders were issued by Building Inspector George Corsoro after the premises were inspected and found to be unsafe and unsanitary. The buildings are located at 110, 112, 116, 118 and 122 Main St., and 127 Lake Shore Drive East. The property at 122 Main is owned by Irene Bebak of Port Charlotte, Fla., while the other buildings are owned by David Civilette of 122 Lincoln Ave., Dunkirk.

Forty years ago — 1978

For the first time ever, Fredonia High School will have an outdoor smoking area for students with parental permission. The Fredonia School Board approved this measure by a 4-1 vote. As a result of the current ban on student smoking, trash fires have occurred at the school. Thus, the new policy will be implemented with the intent of eliminating such fires.

Fifty years ago — 1968

The construction of the longtime-proposed Hose 4 fire hall at the corner of Doughty and Lamphere streets may finally become a reality. The Dunkirk Common Council has approved a resolution from the State Department of Transportation requesting advance acquisition of property at the northeast corner of Lamphere and Doughty streets to expedite construction of the new hall. New road construction calls for the building of an underpass at the railroad grade crossing.