Twenty years ago — 1999

Two Buffalo Sabres fans, Kevin Persch and James Chitwood, spent a sleepless night standing in line for tickets to the Stanley Cup final. They were the first two in line when ticket windows at Tops Friendly Markets in Dunkirk opened at 9 a.m. Both Mr. Persch and Mr. Chitwood, had been waiting since 10 p.m. the night before. Eleven minutes following the opening, nearly 70 fans dropped their heads and walked to their cars. All tickets from the area’s retailers had been sold out. The last time the Sabres made the Stanley Cup finals was 1975.

Thirty years ago — 1989

Former Fredonia Village Trustee Claire Penfold, who decided not to run for re-election for a ninth term in March, was recognized at a dinner recently at the White Inn for 16 years of service to Fredonia. Fredonia Mayor Louis C. Mancuso noted that Mrs. Penfold was the first woman trustee and deputy mayor in the village’s history. She first ran for trustee in 1973.

Forty years ago — 1979

Dora Ann Wilcox, 18-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Wilcox of Sinclairville has been selected as Calendar Girl for the Month of June. A senior at Cassadaga Valley Central School, she is a member of the National Honor Society and ranks in the top one fifth of her graduating class. Dora is a cheerleader, has participated in five musicals and is a member of the Student Council. She plans to attend Fredonia State University College to pursue a career in music.

Fifty years ago — 1969

Joseph Schrantz, 18-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. Schrantz, 251 Maple Ave., Dunkirk, has been named Student of the Week. The Cardinal Mindszenty senior has served as president of his class for the past two years. He was active in the school’s musicals and participated in baseball, track and cross country. Joe plans to further his education at Gannon College in Erie, where he will major in biology.


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