Twenty years ago — 1998

Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. will lease the county office building on Lucas Avenue in Dunkirk for its 2XL (a program which serves children at risk). The Lucas Avenue building, at one time a supermarket, had previously housed a variety of county offices. However, those offices have since been moved, with some relocated to the D&F Plaza and others relocating to the Graf Building on Central Avenue. 2XL is a COI program serving children at risk by providing a positive environment for kids to learn and build self esteem. Coordinators are Tommy Rocque and Chuck Ruffino.

Thirty years ago — 1988

The newly-remodeled multipurpose room in the Adams Art Gallery was dedicated to the memory of Lawrence F. Urbscheit. Speaking on behalf of the gallery’s board of directors, vice president Marvin Bjurlin dedicated The Urbscheit Room to the memory of a man and artist who had imagination, enthusiasm and love for children. A dedication plaque was unveiled during the ceremony. The Urbscheit Room will house classes for children, musical performances, poetry readings and other art events.

Forty years ago — 1978

Erica Mary Annarella, a senior at Cassadaga Valley Central School, has been selected as Student of the Week. She ranks number one in her class with a 4.0 average. Erica is the 17-year-old daughter of Mrs. Ellen Annarella and the late Joseph Annarella of Sinclairville. Her many activities include treasurer of the National Honor Society and president of the Math Club. She is a National Merit semi-finalist and has applied to Cornell University where she hopes to pursue a career as a statistician.

Fifty years ago — 1968

Construction has begun on the Firestone Tire and Rubber Co.’s newest retread plant, located on Bennett Road (Route 60) in Dunkirk, adjacent to the New York State Thruway. The plant is being built to meet the increased demands for passenger and truck tire retreads from Firestone stores and dealers throughout the company’s Buffalo sales district. The new plant will be 20,000 square feet and the Bennett Road property includes 14 acres.