Twenty years ago — 1998

Area children will be able to dial 679-XMAS on their telephone to talk to Santa Claus live on Time Warner Cable Channel 5 seen in Brocton, Cassadaga, Fredonia and Stockton. This is the eighth year that Fredonia Local Access 5 community volunteers, the Academic Information Technology area at the State University of New York College at Fredonia and DFT Communications have teamed to provide this special three-day holiday program. Although Santa will be primarily answering telephone calls from local children, he also will be reading aloud letters he has received from local elementary schools.

Thirty years ago — 1988

The Ames Store on Bennett Road will close its doors on Dec. 31. The Dunkirk Ames is one of 77 stores that are closing and the only one in New York State. The Zayre’s store in Dunkirk will remain open. About 37 part-time employees who work at the Dunkirk Ames will be without a job after the closing. Ames officials attributed the store closing to the duplication between the Ames and Zayre’s stores in the area. They service the same market. The Ames store in Dunkirk moved to its Bennett Road location in 1966 from its former location on Talcott Street.

Forty years ago — 1978

Dunkirk School Superintendent Joseph L. Parlato will recommend his former assistant, John J. Mancuso, for the permanent principalship at Dunkirk High School. His announcement leaves the ultimate decision in the hands of the members of the Dunkirk Board of Education, who must vote either for or against his recommendation.

Fifty years ago — 1968

Susan G. Keech, 17-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elwin Keech, 36 East Second St., Westfield is the Student of the Week. A senior at Westfield High School, she had the lead in the junior class play, Camelot. Susan is the recipient of a letter of recommendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corp. and is a member of the National Honor Society, High School Bowl, band, chorus and AFS.