Twenty years ago — 1999

The Fredonia Police Department and the Burger King Restaurant on Route 60 presented their first Operation Good Citizen Award to a village youth. Kristen Green, daughter of Beth and John Green, received her free meal certificate from Officer Pat Ambrose and Burger King Asst. Manager Steve Tulipane. School age children who reside in Fredonia and are seen performing good deeds can be nominated for this award.

Thirty years ago — 1989

If you’re looking for a rustic setting for that next family reunion, Smith Mills, an historic area in the town of Hanover, has the King Road Park. This is a town-maintained recreation area with a pavilion, playing field and running water. The hamlet of Smith Mills was one of Hanover’s early settlements and has a picturesque view of a babbling creek and is near the Silver Creek reservoir. This quaint little neighborhood has gently rolling farmland and some unique small businesses. Smith Mills is located on Hanover Road between Silver Creek and the southern border of the town of Hanover.

Forty years ago — 1979

It took six ballots before the Dunkirk Board of Education elected Frank V. Gawronski as president for the 1979-80 fiscal year at its reorganizational meeting. There were four nominations for president, including Gawronski, Nancy Renckens, Joseph Kozlowski and Joseph Carrus. Five votes for one candidate were needed to win. Mrs. Madylon Kubera, a retired board member, was the previous board president.

Fifty years ago — 1969

There are 217 area residents who have filed entries to the “Man On the Moon” contest sponsored by “Today” and the Evening OBSERVER. In all, 300,000 entries were filed, more entries than there are miles to the moon. Top prize for the contestant guessing the year, month, day, hour, minute and second that the first American astronaut steps foot on the moon is a two-week expense paid vacation for two anywhere on earth selected by the winner. The contest, which was co-sponsored by some 200 newspapers and other publications throughout the United States, ended May 1.