Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999

Buffalo Sabres Coach Lindy Ruff had two words for the 20,000 fans crammed in front of City Hall and the dozens of others watching from rooftops and hanging from windows of downtown office buildings: “No goal.” That sent fans into a pompom waving frenzy and set off a chant of “No Goal! No Goal!” Some fans carried signs saying, “We were cheated, not defeated,” and ” Thou shalt not steal.”

Thirty years ago — 1989

A North Carolina-based company is considering opening a variety store this summer on East Fourth Street in Dunkirk. The Family Dollar Store, which has more than 1,500 stores in the Eastern United States, hopes to open the store by mid-August. Family Dollar stores carry a moderately-priced line of low-cost, basic merchandise for family and home needs. The company plans to lease space in the Bells Plaza that was formerly occupied by the Ben Franklin Store.

Forty years ago — 1979

Gary Michalak, the Democratic candidate for mayor of Dunkirk in 1977, today shunned support from Chester Woloszyn, city Democratic leader, and announced that he would go after the Democratic nomination for mayor in the September primary. Although he is planning to run in the primary against the mayoral candidate to be endorsed by the Democratic Committee, Mr. Michalak said he would accept endorsement if there are no strings attached. “They (committee members) will dictate no terms,” he said.

Fifty years ago — 1969

The opening of Tadt’s Old Mill, 65 Water St., Fredonia took place recently. The store is owned and operated by Robert Tadt, 75 Maple Ave., Fredonia who has been a builder in the area for about 20 years. The operation of the new business will interweave with Mr. Tadt’s carpentry and mason work. Available on the premises will be paint, hardware, glass, wallpaper, accessories needed in any building as well as any type of building material.

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