Twenty years ago — 1999

From Ad News ….. The Sewer’s Choice recently opened another location at 337 E. Fairmont in Lakewood, across from the Chautauqua Mall. The Sewer’s Choice has been in business in the Dunkirk/Fredonia area for 11 years and the Fredonia store will remain open. Owners of the two businesses are Ken Mekus and Shirley Himebaugh. The Sewer’s Choice specializes in sewing machine and vacuum sales, service and supplies.

Thirty years ago — 1989

Members of Lake Chautauqua Memorial VFW Post 8747 and William L. Travis American Legion Post 493 raise an American flag measuring 20-by-30 feet at the Chautauqua County Courthouse in Mayville. Organizers said the flag, which will remain on display through Independence Day, was hoisted in support of proposals to enact a federal law prohibiting public desecration of the American flag. It was purchased through Perkins Family Restaurant.

Forty years ago — 1979

The Silver Creek Post Office now has its first female letter carrier. Patricia B. Patterson, 21, of Angola, formerly of Silver Creek, began as a summer rural route carrier for the Silver Creek office June 11, and is scheduled to work until Sept. 7. Miss Patterson also has worked in other non-traditional jobs, including that of police dispatcher in Silver Creek and a Chautauqua Institution patrol and security officer. In May, she received a bachelor of science degree in education from Fredonia State University College.

Fifty years ago — 1969

Swamp Road, located just off South Roberts Road on the town line between Sheridan and Dunkirk, is traditionally known as “The Street Where People Live Forever.” Just ask Fred Sahloff, who is 95 years old and strong as an ox. His wife, Jessie, will be 90 in October. Living next door to them is 75-year-old Glenn Shero. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Giambrone, both 65, are among the youngsters on the street as is 62-year-old Ken Towne, who has lived on Swamp Road all of his life. None look their age and all are in exceptionally good health.