Twenty years ago — 1999

The future of AL Tech Specialty Steel Corp. is expected to be decided shortly when union employees vote on a collective bargaining agreement with the new ownership of the plant. If it doesn’t go through, everybody loses. The jobs are gone, the benefits are gone, there is much at stake here. The vote is the final step in an effort to bring the steel plant out of bankruptcy.

Thirty years ago — 1989

Accordion player and singer Chet Kozlowski, a member of the group known as The Cavaliers, is pictured with fellow band member Jeff Julian, performing as part of part of the “Fun on the Avenue” portion of the Downtown Dunkirk Festival. Rainy weather hampered the festival earlier, but many turned out to listen to the various performers and view the arts and crafts displays.

Forty years ago — 1979

“We’ve been well received in the neighborhood. The response has been amazing,” said William C. Bremer. He and his wife Rita own the Kettle and Keg, one of Dunkirk’s newest eating and drinking establishments. Located at 243 Lake Shore Drive East, the bar and restaurant has been completely gutted and rebuilt by the new owners. Mrs. Bremer has been a caterer for 18 years, including 14 at the Dunkirk Club.

Fifty years ago — 1969

Dr. Oscar E. Lanford, president of Fredonia State University College, announced Oct. 16-Nov. 21 for dedication and open house activities at the college’s newly completed five-building academic center. The official dedication is set for Oct. 17 for McEwen Hall, Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center, Reed Library, Houghton Hall and Maytum Hall.