Twenty years ago — 1999
The Welch’s facility in Westfield will undergo a $1.2 million expansion, which will take place during the next two years. Due to increased demand for grape-based products, Welch’s also announced a plan to encourage co-op members to plant about 3,000 acres of Concord grapes — the first such planting program in more than 20 years. Concord and Niagara grapes are in record demand and receiving record high prices at a time when most of agriculture is in crisis.
Thirty years ago — 1989
Paula Pichon, daughter of Patricia Pichon of Mezzio Road, Forestville will be representing Forestville High School today at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation New York West Leadership Seminar at the Genesee Community College in Batavia. There are 125 students attending this year’s seminar. The students will study the weekend theme, “America’s Incentive System” and learn about their own leadership potential.
Forty years ago — 1979
County Executive Joseph Gerace vetoed a resolution which would have asked the State Legislature to allow the county to phase out its 3% share of the 7% sales tax on home heating fuels and clothing. Mr. Gerace said that until the fiscal impact of the plan is assessed on the levels of county, town, village and city budgets, he cannot sign the measure. The resolution was passed with only two dissenting votes.
Fifty years ago — 1969
Earlier this year, the Chautauqua Junior Archers participated in a national write-in archery tournament held at St. Joseph’s Hall in Fredonia. About 20 local youths participated in the five-week tournament, with age groups ranging from below 12 years to 18 years old. Keith Incitto, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Incitto, 19 Pine Drive, Fredonia placed third in his class of cadets against other cadet archers from other states. He will receive a certificate from the National Archery Association of the United States.