Twenty years ago — 1999
First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to make a lunch stop in Dunkirk today as art of her “listening tour.” Mrs. Clinton launched the tour as she contemplates a run for the New York Senate seat currently held by Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who is retiring. She is scheduled to have lunch at Demetri’s on Lake Shore Drive. Dunkirk Mayor Robert Kesicki is expected to attend.
Thirty years ago — 1989
The Dunkirk Harbor Commission once again discussed the lack of parking in the harborfront area and its plans to post speed signs in the harbor. A parking space inventory showed there is presently room for about 272 spaces for vehicle/trailer combinations or about 606 spaces for individual vehicles. By next year, however, vacant lots slated for upland development and a new county office building will no longer be available and that will reduce the space available to 192 vehicle/trailer combinations or 436 individual vehicles.
Forty years ago — 1979
A local band known as “Chautauqua II” recently released their first record. Mickey Mamp and John Morse, both of Fredonia, are Chautauqua II, a group which performs in hotel/motel lounges throughout the eastern United States. They have worked together for four years. One of their records is titled, “Because of Mary.” Side two is titled “The Doctor.” Both songs were recorded at the Fredonia State University College studio.
Fifty years ago — 1969
In a feature story, Luella Kye of 42 Gardner St., Fredonia relates how she became a baseball and softball umpire nine years ago. Now something of an institution, she works between 40 and 50 games a year — fitting them into her regular work schedule as a toll collector on the Thruway in Hamburg. She has never suffered a serious injury and prefers working behind the plate.