Twenty years ago — 1999

Chautauqua County will stay in the landfill business. Legislators voted 17 to 8 — with four Republicans joining pro-landfill Democrats — to pass the controversial legislation to spend $8 million to build a new cell. Those in favor cited economics as the driving force for keeping the landfill open. Those opposed cited out-of-county waste, cost and competition as reasons for getting out of the garbage business.

Thirty years ago — 1989

During a recent meeting of Fredonia Grange No. 1, a Silver Star Certificate from the National Grange was awarded to Mrs. David Near for 25 years of continuous membership. Also honored for 25 years’ membership but unable to attend the meeting were Mr. and Mrs. Roy Holmes. The charter was draped in memory of the late Allen Sisson and Carl Joy.

Forty years ago — 1979

David Pratt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cleveland Pratt, has been named Student of the Week. A senior at Silver Creek Central School, he was the recipient of a letter of commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program. President of his junior class, David is the salutatorian of his graduating class. After graduation, he plans to study electrical engineering at Duke University under the ROTC program.

Fifty years ago — 1969

A comparison of full value school tax rates in 60 upstate cities showed Dunkirk ranking 55th from the top. The rate for Dunkirk, the survey reported, is $12.15 per $1,000 full value. The actual rate paid, however, is based on an assessed value. The highest full value rate was Peekskill, with a rate of $24.19 per $1,000.