Twenty years ago — 1999

Charles J. Allesi Jr., maintenance manager at Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation’s Dunkirk Steam Station, was honored recently as family members and friends gathered for a retirement dinner at Shorewood Country Club in Dunkirk Mr. Allesi retired effective May 29 with 33 years of service. Among those attending the retirement dinner were Frank Fabian, Mr. Allesi’s replacement; and Michael Boismenu, plant manager at the steam station.

Thirty years ago — 1989

Chosen to represent the Portland Fire Department and Auxiliary at the Chautauqua County Gala Days (July 20-23) are Michelle Dean, who will represent the fire department and Nicole Powell, auxiliary representative. Michelle is the daughter of Luther and Eileen Dean of Fay Street, Portland and Nicole is the daughter of Timothy and Debbie Powell of Main Street, Portland. Both are juniors at Brocton Central School.

Forty years ago — 1979

Sixty-two graduates (seniors and accelerated juniors) comprised the final graduating class of Cardinal Mindszenty High School. More than 300 family members and friends, and 60 former teachers, filled the school and auditorium to watch the book close on 29 years of Catholic secondary education in Dunkirk-Fredonia. The Rev. Francis E. Moriarty, SSE, the school’s first principal, was the guest speaker. For the 26th consecutive year, the Rev. Msgr. Valerio Bernardo of Holy Trinity Church, conferred the diplomas. The Rev. Theodore C. Rog acted as master of ceremonies.

Fifty years ago — 1969

Another of the area’s newest industries has announced plans for expansion. Plymouth Tube, a division of the Van Pelt Corp., will double its production capacity by Nov. 1. The firm now employs 130 people and it is anticipated that upwards of 250 will be the total employment within the next several months.