Twenty years ago — 1999

As of Jan. 1, Chautauqua County District Attorney James Subjack received a pay raise of $20,800 under a state program he said was an unfair and unfunded state mandate. Subjack also said “refusing the raise is simply not an option I wish to pursue.” The raise brings DA Subjack’s yearly salary to $119,800. The pay hike comes by way of state law and must be paid, according to the State Legislature, to district attorneys across the state in accordance with their respective county population numbers and equal to that of the county judge.

Thirty years ago — 1989

The Northern Chautauqua County Incubator project in Dunkirk, located in part of the former Koch’s Brewery on West Courtney Street, is now actively looking for tenants, according to director William Wild. The purpose of the incubator is to provide fledgling businesses with a variety of assistance to help them grow. About 80 percent of all new businesses fail in their first year of operation. A typical tenant of the incubator will be a light manufacturing business that is just starting out or one that has been operating from its owner’s home or garage and needs room to expand.

Forty years ago — 1979

Mayor Gilbert Snyder said today that the Dunkirk Fire Department should provide ambulance service as the “only ultimate solution” in the lingering dispute between the city and Cobb Ambulance. “If ambulance service is under our fire department, we would have control of it,” Snyder said. He said the city’s 32 paid firemen and some 500 volunteers are willing to take on the job of providing ambulance service to city residents. In 1978, city fire vehicles were used as “ambulances” 65 times. No fees are collected for this service.

Fifty years ago — 1969

Bill Bergey of South Dayton was the 31st player selected in the professional football draft. He was the second pick of the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Dunkirk Patriots Drum and Bugle Corps has purchased a 1966 Metro Interstate truck which has been painted white with black lettering and has the Minute Man insignia on the back. The truck will be used to transport equipment and uniforms for the corps.