Twenty years ago — 1998
Former Brocton Central and Portville Central teacher, coach and athletic director Merwin K. “Bud” Fenton was recently inducted into the Ithaca College Sports Hall of Fame. A 1941 Ithaca College graduate, Fenton taught at Brocton Central in 1946 before moving on to Portville. Brocton won the six-man County B Football League championship in 1946 with a 5-0-1 mark, the only blemish being a 14-14 tie with Bemus Point. On the basketball court, the Bulldogs won the Eastern League Class B crown that year.
Thirty years ago — 1988
Bills Fever has hit the area! With the Buffalo Bills now ranked No. 1 in the NFL after shutting out the Green Bay Packer, 28-0, many local fans are confident the team will make the divisional playoffs and maybe even have a shot at the Super Bowl. So far this year, the Bills have compiled an 8-1 record, the best in the National Football League, and are off to one of their best starts in history. Several local stores are now chock full of Bills merchandise as Bills Fever continues to spread.
Forty years ago — 1978
A proposal by Dunkirk Councilman Thomas Tofil to abolish the Dunkirk Board of Education and transfer the board’s powers to the city government probably will never go beyond the talking stage. Board President Madylon Kubera responded, “Don’t say you could run a school district you know nothing about. I’d never tell you how to run the city. Don’t come and tell us how to run the schools.” Mrs. Kubera also pointed out that the city school tax ranks among the lowest in the state.
Fifty years ago — 1968
The Dunkirk High School 1968 Homecoming Queen is Mary Jane DiPietro, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell DiPietro, 75 Ruggles St., Dunkirk.
In posting their seventh consecutive victory, Coach Carl Benedict’s Silver Creek’s Black Knights are believed to have set a school scoring record of 53 points.