Twenty years ago — 1999

Dr. Bernard Lewinsky, father of Monica Lewinsky, recently received a request from the Clinton Legal Expense Trust asking for help in paying off the $10.5 million in legal expenses of President Clinton and his wife Hillary. Dr. Lewinsky wrote “Return to sender” on the envelope, scrawling underneath, “You must be morons to send me this letter.” Less than a month ago, the Democratic National Committee sent Dr. Lewinsky a photograph of the Clintons with a fund-raising plea and the message, “Thank you for your understanding during the last year.”

Thirty years ago — 1989

As part of the Dunkirk Chamber of Commerce’s efforts to help develop tourism and get actively involved in the community, a committee was formed recently to help build a tourist information booth. Located on the city pier, the booth will be an outlet for information about the area and businesses in Dunkirk. It will be used throughout the year and is presently being manned on a part-time basis by volunteers.

Forty years ago — 1979

The fifth annual Seneca Indian Fall Festival took place recently at the Saylor Building, Route 438, Irving-Gowanda Road on the Seneca Indian Reservation. The grand marshal this year was Pauline Seneca, a well-known and respected member of the Seneca Nation. Mrs. Seneca, for many years, had distinguished herself in the area of education by her sincere concern for humanity that has left its mark on many people who remember her as “my teacher.”

Fifty years ago — 1969

Dunkirk’s blemished and pockmarked complexion were made a matter of public record recently as New York Senator Earl W. Brydges remarked on the city’s undeveloped potential and needed improvement. The senate majority leader speaking at the city Republican annual picnic at Point Gratiot saw a need for a massive rehabilitation of the downtown Dunkirk area and emphasized the great potential that exists with the Dunkirk harbor.