Twenty years ago — 1999

Dunkirk officials are looking for a way to take about $2.8 million in property out of city hands and put it back on the tax rolls. Second Ward Councilman Donald Stoyle said it is his goal to market vacant city-owned properties for sale to private parties. There are currently 182 vacant city-owned parcels. Twenty-four of the parcels were listed as commercial/undeveloped sites. A number of others are paper streets.

Thirty years ago — 1989

The Chautauqua Overland Ski Marathon Committee has decided to cancel the 11th annual event, which was slated to be held on Saturday. This is the second time in as many years that the event had to be canceled due to a lack of snow and unseasonably warm temperatures. The committee has decided to refund $10 of the registration fee to each of the expected 1,000 skiers. They will also receive a souvenir package that is normally given to skiers the day of the race.

Forty years ago — 1979

The Dunkirk Urban Renewal Agency is expected to be asked to seek bids for the demolition of the vacant Sacred Heart School and church rectory on Franklin Avenue. City Development Director John Hiller said the two buildings should be razed because they are “becoming a nuisance.” He said vandals have caused a great deal of damage to the vacant structure. Mr. Hiller foresees the eventual demolition of the former Sacred Heart Church at Main and Ruggles streets, but he said razing of the church won’t take place until Weiss Hardware moves from its temporary location in the basement.

Fifty years ago — 1969

Cardinal Mindszenty High School will be represented on the Feb. 22 “It’s Academic” television show with former Dunkirk resident Van Miller as master of ceremonies. Students taking part will be Joan Palcic, Thomas Palcic and Mark Rowson. Accompanied by their coach, Robert McGaughey, the panelists and their alternates, Anne Phelps, Brian O’Sullivan and Leonard Palka, were in Buffalo recently to tape the show at the WBEN studio.