Twenty years ago — 1998

At a recent ceremony, two long-standing members of the Dunkirk-Fredonia Lions Club received Lionism’s highest honors. Donald Sage of Dunkirk was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship, Lions International’s highest recognition. The award is named for the man who founded the Lions Club movement, which is dedicated to assist those with vision loss and to eradicate the causes of blindness around the world. James McDonald, also of Dunkirk, received the Robert J. Uplinger Distinguished Service Award, which is named after a past president of Lions International who is from New York.

Thirty years ago — 1988

Marjorie W. Weist was one of six panelists who presented the first coast-to-coast keyboard teachers “videoconference” during a four-hour live telecast via satellite last week, sent by closed circuit to 12,000 piano teachers gathered in 140 sites across the country. Mrs. Weist discussed philosophy and strategies for teaching music from age 4 to 7. Video clips from her studio classes in Fredonia were included in the program. Mrs. Weist has maintained an independent piano studio in Fredonia since 1972.

Forty years ago — 1978

Area elderly people with leisure time on their hands who wish to gather socially once a week are afforded such an opportunity. Herman Lounsbury, who was the first president of the Golden Age Club formed in Ossining Oct. 6, 1946 is attempting to start a group in Fredonia to meet weekly for various games or other activities of mutual enjoyment. Mr. Lounsbury moved to Fredonia from Ossining in September and resides at 296 Water St. He retired from the Rand McNally Corp.

Fifty years ago — 1968

Construction is expected to begin immediately on the Salvation Army citadel building at 700-704 Central Ave., Dunkirk. A permit was issued and Meister Contracting will being building very shortly. The one-story citadel will be 135 by 240 feet and will replace the present building which is located at 142 East Fourth St. The lot formerly was owned by H. K. Williams III. Cost of construction is listed as $211,211.00. The contractors estimate the structure will be completed by the fall of 1969.