Twenty years ago — 1999

A sewing machine was presented to Kathy Halpainy of Newborns in Need, an all-volunteer, not for profit organization that specializes in premature and newborn baby clothing and bedding for the needy. The sewing machine was presented by Dorothy Mache and Dorothy Kaufman of the Women’s Circle at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fredonia.

Thirty years ago — 1989

A monument and bronze plaque were dedicated to the memory of all the former Dunkirk Lighthouse keepers during ceremonies for the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Lighthouse Service. The monument was built by Roman Sysol and Philip Julian, with the plaque donated by Frances Drew. Among the lighthouse keepers recognized were Lloyd Thomson and Francis D. Arnold.

Forty years ago — 1979

The Rev. John B. Binkiwitz Jr. will assume his duties as pastor of the Fredonia Baptist Church on Sunday, Sept. 2. The Rev. Binkiwitz, former pastor of the Odessa Baptist Church, earned a Master of Divinity degree from Eastern Baptist College in Philadelphia. He resides at 450 West Main St., Fredonia with his wife Barbara and three children.

Fifty years ago — 1969

One week has passed and still the village of Silver Creek is showing signs of the damage caused when 30 freight cars of a Penn Central train left the tracks Aug. 22. A railroad car is still suspended high above the ground near the overpass on Lake Avenue. The car is being held in its present location only by the trees upon which it is resting. Local businesses are also feeling the effects of the derailment.