Twenty years ago — 1999

The United States is one step away from slapping punitive tariffs on a type of stainless steel from Japan, Spain and four other countries. The Clinton administration has found those countries illegally price stainless round wire in the United States. It will impose tariffs of up to 36 percent if an independent agency finds that the pricing practices hurt or could injure American producers. The U.S. International Trade Commission is expected to rule by mid-May, a ruling that will affect the AL Tech Specialty Steel Corp. of Dunkirk.

Thirty years ago — 1989

An AP photo shows the Rev. Vincent Cvitkovic standing under a crucifix in his Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Ambridge, Pa. Thousands of people have flocked to the church to gaze upon a life-size crucifix, whose once open eyes reportedly closed during a Good Friday (March 24) service.

Forty years ago — 1979

Nog. Inc. of 99 West Fourth St., Dunkirk, manufacturers of chocolate syrup and chocolate ice cream coatings, will expand its operations having purchased two buildings in Brocton from Mundane Corp. on Central Avenue. The Brocton facility will be used to warehouse supplies and for production of one-pound cans of syrup. It has been 15 years since the buildings were used for anything but storage. They were formerly part of the Brocton Preserving Co. and at one time part of the I. Miller Pickle Co. production plant.

Fifty years ago — 1969

Funeral services were held for Florian G. Spoden, former president of the village of Fredonia and Pomfret county supervisor for 26 years. He died April 7 at the age of 86. A retired farmer, he served as president of the Fredonia Board of Education from 1925 to 1934. He headed the village of Fredonia from 1934 to 1938, when the title was president instead of mayor.