Twenty years ago — 1999

A new storage and concession stand could be up and operating in Sinclairville by the start of the baseball season this spring, according to Mayor Dean Houser. The new building will be constructed with funds received from the village’s insurance carrier to cover the two-story structure that was destroyed last fall in a suspected arson fire. The settlement with the insurance company came to $7,685 and includes coverage for the loss of several pieces of playground equipment that were stored in the building.

Thirty years ago — 1989

The Dunkirk Rotary Club recently honored Dunkirk High School chemistry/physics teacher Guido Guayasamin as the Rotary Teacher of the Month. Mr. Guayasamin has been chairman of the DHS science department since 1968. During his tenure as chairman, the science department has doubled in size, elective and AP courses have been implemented and the department has been a leader in science education. Mr. Guayasamin is the author of a chemistry textbook in its third printing.

Forty years ago — 1979

Laurie Matteson Schwab of Derby, a registered nurse at Lake Shore Hospital, never thought she would win the Sunset House sweepstakes that she entered last year. On Jan. 17, she received an official letter verifying that she was the grand prize winner. Mrs. Schwab will receive $50,000 plus a new car. She could have opted for $5,000 a year for 20 years, but she said she and her husband have been working toward buying a new home, noting “the money for the house has just fallen into our laps.”

Fifty years ago — 1969

Dr. Joyce Brothers of NBC radio network’s “Emphasis” and “Monitor” will be the featured speaker for the annual banquet of the Dunkirk Chamber of Commerce to be held Feb. 27. Dr. Brothers is heard on NBC radio network seven days a week. She is a psychologist, columnist, author and a consultant to several major corporations. The chamber will honor the New York Telephone Co. at this year’s banquet which will be held in the gymnasium of the Dunkirk Senior High School. More than 600 chamber members and guests are expected to attend.