Twenty years ago — 1998

A potential buyer for Al Tech Specialty Steel Corp. has stepped forward, company officials announced today. Universal Stainless & Alloy Products Inc. of Bridgeville, Pa., has signed a letter of intent to purchase the assets of AL Tech in a transaction valued at about $38 million. Universal produces semi-finished and certain finished specialty steels and would be able to supply the Dunkirk plant with raw materials, making it a fully integrated mill again. If an agreement can be finalized, growth and increased revenues are expected. AL Tech has been engaged in an effort to reorganize and emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and has been looking for a buyer for several months.

Thirty years ago — 1988

By the beginning of November, several new shops will be open for business in the newly-created complex on Central Avenue in Dunkirk called “The Atrium.” Stores slated to open include: A restaurant called “The Meeting Place”; a newsstand, paper goods and novelty shop called “Papers”; a ladies’ maternity wear and child’s clothing store called “Edwards”; The House of Carpets; and a ladies’ accessories shop called “The Finishing Touch.”

Forty years ago — 1978

Mildred Pfleuger of Irving is the 1978 Silver Creek Business and Professional Women’s Club Woman of the Year. Mrs. Pfleuger retired from Lake Shore Hospital in 1970. She also had been a volunteer nurse for the American Red Cross for more than 20 years. A trustee of the Hanover Historical Society, she is a member of the Learn and Grow Garden Club.

Fifty years ago –1968

Miss Carol Forrester, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Forrester, 134 Seymour St., Fredonia captured the title of 1968 Fredonia Junior Miss as well as the talent award in the second annual pageant, “Stairway to the Future,” sponsored by the Fredonia Jaycees in the Fredonia High School auditorium. First runner-up was Miss Kathleen McGraw from Cardinal Mindszenty High School. Miss Denise Arcoraci of Fredonia High was second runnerup. Miss Mary Ambrose from CMHS was named Miss Congeniality.