Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999

The Fredonia Fire Department recently dedicated its new pavilion and memorial wall, both located behind the fire hall, during the Emergency Response Team Installation picnic. The pavilion was erected under the direction of past Fire Chief Charles Frazita with many volunteers. The floor was furnished as a donation by S. St. George Enterprises. The memorial wall also was built by volunteers, under the direction of Shawn Fadale of S. Fadale Enterprises.

Thirty years ago — 1989

A cat leash law was proposed to the Dunkirk Common Council by 9-year-old Kristen Anson of Middle Road. She told the council in a letter that cats killed six baby rabbits she was raising and tease neighbor dogs who are leashed up. Kristen and several of her friends also visited the mayor’s office to ask what could be done about their cat complaints. The proposal was referred by the council to the city attorney for a recommendation.

Forty years ago — 1979

A 56-square quilt depicting the 100-year history of the Lily Dale Assembly is now on display in the Lily Dale Auditorium. Each of the quilt squares, which were designed by Vera Forcier of Lily Dale, was completed by individual Lily Dale residents who ranged in age from 11 to 90. Mrs. Reva Pastor coordinated the quilt project for the centennial anniversary of Lily Dale.

Fifty years ago — 1969

The Rev. Oliver Dongell, who has been pastor of the Wesleyan Church in Silver Creek for the past 12 years, has preached his final sermon. During his tenure, the budget, members and Sunday School enrollment have almost tripled. The Rev. Dongell also served as moderator on WBUZ for the broadcast of “Chapel Echoes.”

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