Twenty years ago — 1998

A preliminary proposal for a 170-acre rural retreat and conference center to be located on Stockton Road in Pomfret was presented to the town planning board. The project, once approved by various governmental agencies, would offer a recreational environment to area residents and outside visitors. Situated two miles south of the BOCES Center, the site provides a view of downtown Buffalo in the winter months. The project is expected to take shape over the next five to seven years at an estimated cost of $5 million.

Thirty years ago — 1988

Mary Ann Sabato of Fredonia has been named the 1988 Distinguished Occupational Education Teacher in the western New York region by the State Education Department. She has taught home and career skills at Fredonia High School for 20 years. More than 150 applications for this award were received by the statewide selection committee. The award includes a plaque and $500 to be used toward a professional development activity of the recipient’s choice.

Forty years ago — 1978

Federal and state grants have paid most of the tab for major improvements at the Dunkirk Municipal Airport over the past few years. But city maintenance of the improvements such as ground-level lighting along the main taxiway, is long overdue, according to John Nalbone president of Dunkirk Aviation at the airport in the town of Sheridan. He said the taxiway lights haven’t worked since winter and the rotating beacon, which helps pilots find the airport at night, hasn’t worked for several months. Also, there is a large deep hole at the end of the north runway. Fifty years ago — 1968

Mark Wojcik of Maple Avenue, Fredonia recently returned from a two-month tour of Europe. Among the 12 countries he visited were Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary. While in Poland, Mark had the thrill of his lifetime when he met his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Maria Wojcik, for the first time. The 14-year-old boy is the son of Dr. and Mrs. W.M. Wojcik.