Twenty years ago — 1998

Dunkirk resident John M. Crawford was awarded the Secondary Social Studies “Teacher of the Year” award by the Niagara Frontier Council for the Social Studies. The award, named after Ida Fabian Spirawk, recognizes Mr. Crawford’s 29 years as a social studies teacher at Lake Shore Middle and High School. He also chaired the social studies department for 14 years. Presently, he is the New York State Coordinator for the National Geography Bee.

Thirty years ago — 1988

From Ad News ….. Eight-year-old Kristin Polechetti was the proud winner of a complete 20-volume set of Golden Book Encycopedias in the recent TOPS Supermarket Coloring Contest. Kristin was presented with her prize by TOPS representative Bob DeTolla. Kristin won the “Mr. Friendly” Safety Course Coloring Contest. …. A.W. Farrell & Sons Inc. of Dunkirk was honored for consistent technical excellence in roofing applications by Carlisle Sun Tec Systems, a single-ply roofing manufacturer.

Forty years ago — 1978

If Mayor Gilbert Snyder’s proposal is accepted by the Dunkirk Common Council, the city’s tax rate for 1979 won’t stay at $12.70 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The rate will drop. Mayor Snyder said his proposed operating budget for next year will call for a tax cut of between 25 and 30 cents. The city’s current tax rate is one of the lowest among cities in the state.

Fifty years ago –1968

Dunkirk school officials are continuing to seek solutions to a problem of littering on West Sixth Street in Dunkirk by high school students on their lunch hour. A petition signed by 35 residents of the immediate area states, “The students of the high school have been depositing their soft drink cans, potato chip bags, and miscellaneous other trash on the streets, on the lawns, in the sewers and on street corners. The school district has ordered several waste receptacles to be placed in front of the main entrance to the high school. If the situation persists, it may be necessary for the police to apprehend students who litter or for the school to consider a closed lunch program.”