Twenty years ago — 1998

Andrew W. Dorn Jr. of Fredonia is part of a group of local businessmen who plan to establish a new bank in Buffalo, called Greater Buffalo Savings. The group includes Louis Sidoni and Mr. Dorn, who launched Jamestown Savings Bank in 1995 and built the bank into a three-branch network with assets of $60 million. They, along with other minority shareholders, are in the process of selling to Northwest Savings Bank of Warren, Pa., majority stockholder in the Jamestown bank. Mr. Dorn said the group hopes to raise $25 to $30 million to open the Buffalo bank in 1999. More than 100 jobs could potentially be created over the next several years if the bank establishes a small branch network.

Thirty years ago — 1988

The merger of Orcutt Funeral Service in Dunkirk and Larson-Timko Funeral Home of Fredonia has been announced by the respective owners, Edward M. Orcutt and Carl G. Timko. In announcing his purchase of the Orcutt home at 604 Central Ave., Dunkirk, Mr. Timko said “Everything will remain the same. We will retain the Orcutt name and certainly do our best to provide the same quality care and assistance.” The merger also links two historic area homes, both well-preserved throughout their respective 138- and 159 years of existence.

Forty years ago — 1978

The Hanover Fish and Game Club has completed construction of a new skeet field. The new facility was made possible through donations of time, money and equipment from several of its members. About 40 members participated in the labor necessary for the construction of walks, buildings and landscaping. It was officially opened and dedicated July 12 with the first round shooting. The skeet field, one of the finest in Chautauqua County, includes regular trap shooting, ATA shooting and modified international.

Fifty years ago — 1968

Featured on the cover of a mimeographed-stenciled booklet on city of Dunkirk recreational activities is a free-hand drawing of the new Wright Park swimming pool mentioned as the newest recreational facility in the city. Inside the 35-page report outlines the city of Dunkirk recreation program. The booklet is divided into three sections: youth programs, adult programs and expenditures, budgets and revenues of the city. The report was compiled by Donald Rozumalski, city recreation director.