Twenty years ago — 1998

The Ohio-based development firm that recently purchased the former Hose Co. No. 1 building in the city of Dunkirk is also interested in purchasing the Philip Murray Union Hall on Central Avenue. The United Steelworkers of America confirmed it is negotiating to sell the building to Glitz & Associates Inc. of Canton, OH. Mayor Robert Kesicki recently announced the firm also has plans to acquire two other properties next to the fire hall and construct a CVS drugstore at the corner of East Fourth and Main streets.

Thirty years ago — 1988

“It’s new, unique, innovative and it’s working. This was national Job Corps director Peter Rell’s description of a pilot program currently under way at the Cassadaga Job Corps Center. Mr. Rell visited the center to get a first-hand look at the test program dubbed “Job Corps II.” The pilot program involves extensive renovation of the center’s physical facilities and new instructional classes including interior design and the performing arts. The Cassadaga center, operated by the Educational Division of the Singer Co. under contract with the U.S. Department of Labor, was the first to win a contract under the “Job Corps II” program.

Forty years ago — 1978

The Forestville village mall renovation has been completed. Among the new additions to the mall are redwood benches and waste receptacles donated by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Benchley in memory of former village Mayor Gerard “Bill” Kniese, and flowering crabapple trees and Colorado spruce donated by village merchants. The war memorial monument was refaced and cleaned and area scouts planted petunias to brighten the area.

Fifty years ago — 1968

The powerful Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile is on its way to Dunkirk. However, there is no cause for alarm. This is a U.S. Air Force display missile which will be featured at the Chautauqua County Fair from July 22 to July 27. Relatively small and bullet-like in appearance compared to the Atlas and Titan missile series, the Minuteman weighs between 60 and 70 thousand pounds, carries a nuclear warhead and is about as tall as a six-story building. Fired from underground silos, it arches 700 miles high, cover intercontinental distances and travels 22 times the speed of sound.