Twenty years ago — 1998

The first shovels of dirt flew early this morning during a ground-breaking ceremony for the Chadwick Drive project at the industrial park in the town of Sheridan. Participants in the ceremony were George Wheeler, vice president of Allegany-Erie Inc., developer of the distribution center that will be constructed soon at the site; Assemblyman Bill Parment and County Executive Mark Thomas. Chadwick Drive will make access readily available to nearly half of the business park’s 75 acres of property.

Thirty years ago — 1988

As a result of grant money allocated by the Gebbie Foundation in Jamestown, the Trooper Toys for Tots, located at 152 West Main St., Fredonia provided $1.28 million worth of toys to needy children last year. By Christmastime this year, Toys for Tots personnel expect to have fixed and prepared for distribution about $1.5 million worth of toys and playthings for children. According to founder and president of the program Jack Miller, who started the Toys for Tots campaign in 1965, the program is growing by leaps and bounds and it’s something they will have to cope with.

Forty years ago — 1978

The 50th anniversary of the Dunkirk Radiator Corp. was celebrated recently during a dinner hosted by Sears, Roebuck and Co. and held at Shorewood Country Club. Vern Smith, a Sears buyer, presented a plaque to Malcolm C. Reed, Dunkirk Radiator president. Mr. Smith commented on the superior quality of the products manufactured by the Dunkirk firm for Sears over the years and the excellent service extended over that same period of time.

Fifty years ago –1968

November’s Calendar Girl is Wendy Woodbury, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Woodbury, 79 Chestnut St., Fredonia. Wendy attends Fredonia Central High School and is vice president of the Student Council and chairman of the Drama Club. She is also active as president of the Youth Fellowship at the Baptist Church in Fredonia. Wendy has been following a college entrance course in high school and plans to become a teacher in the future.