Twenty years ago — 1998

John J. Scott, son of John and Shirley Scott of Dunkirk, has been named a commended student in the 1999 National Merit Scholarship Program. A letter of commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, will be presented to John. Commended students placed among the top 5 percent of more than one million students who entered the 1999 Merit Program. Commended students are honored for their outstanding scholastic potential demonstrated by their high performance in this very competitive program.

Thirty years ago — 1988

From the Reporter’s Notebook: Mrs. Donald Sanderson of Florida, formerly of Fredonia, recently visited a daughter and her family in Kansas. She was surprised to see in the “Wichita Eagle-Beacon” a picture of an elderly Kansas woman holding some grapes, and the grapes were Fredonias. “These are my favorites, the Fredonias,” the woman said. “Grapes will heal whatever ails you. Now they won’t cure you; they just help.” Some Western New Yorkers would agree while many others would just say “they sure taste great!”

Forty years ago — 1978

History’s first Polish Pope today promised to lead the world’s 700 million Catholics on the path of faith and prayed for victims of “injustice and discrimination” anywhere in the world. The Vatican announced today that Pope John Paul II, the first non-Italian pontiff in 455 years, will receive the insignia of his office in a solemn investiture.

Fifty years ago –1968

Anthony Maltese, manager of Kraft Foods in Dunkirk, was re-elected president of the Dunkirk Chamber of Commerce at a meeting of the board of directors held recently at the Dunkirk Club. Mr. Maltese, who served for the past year and a half, was first vice president and assumed the presidency following the resignation of Marlin R. Hemphill, who left the community.