Twenty years ago — 1999

At a recent change of command ceremony, 40-year-old Lt. Col. Thomas F. Woloszyn, son of Chester and Mary Woloszyn of Dunkirk, became the U.S. Army Umatilla Chemical Depot’s 30th commander. A master parachutist, Lt. Col. Woloszyn has held numerous chemical officer positions in the Army. He also served a tour in Germany. He is a 1976 graduate of Dunkirk High School.

Thirty years ago — 1989

Mark and Candice Martin of Dunkirk were among 22 young farm couples, sponsored by their cooperatives, attending the 14th annual Young Couples Seminar recently at Lake Luzerne, NY. The seminar, hosted by the New York State Council of Farmer Cooperatives, provided potential farm leaders with an opportunity to learn more about cooperatives and the dairy industry. The Martins were sponsored by the National Grape Cooperative.

Forty years ago — 1979

Members of the Murray Hose Co. No. 4 all-firemen’s drum and bugle corps, recently made a victory march through Dunkirk’s Fourth Ward. The band members are celebrating their victory in the state competition. The first place finish duplicates a similar feat accomplished in 1977. The Murraymen also captured a special award as the best musical fire department drug and bugle corps.

Fifty years ago — 1969

The Brussels Gold Medal for Quality has been awarded to the Fred Koch Brewery of Dunkirk for its Koch’s Light Lager Beer. The award comes as a result of special testing participated in by the greatest breweries in the world. This is Koch’s 81st year of operation. To reach this point, Koch’s had to survive a ruinous fire, 15 years of Prohibition and the strong economic trend from small to large breweries.