Twenty years ago – 1999

As a result of months of negotiations, AL Tech Specialty Steel Corp. of Dunkirk has successfully emerged from Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Court, effective Nov. 1, 1999, as Empire Specialty Steel Inc. The reorganization was a concerted effort on the part of the investors, Atlas Specialty Steel, United Steelworkers of America, several New York State agencies and the management team of AL Tech Specialty Steel≥ Empire Specialty Steel’s foundation dates back to 1854.

Thirty years ago — 1989

Construction of a $20-million 200-bed medium-security Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment Center adjacent to the Lakeview Correctional Facility near Brocton is scheduled to begin after the first of the year. This news was reported by the state Department of Correctional Services officials. Final completion of the project is estimated to be on Aug. 20, 1990. The ASAT center will be built on about 50 acres located off Lake Avenue.

Forty years ago – 1979

Student of the Week is John Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Brown of Miller Road, Fredonia. A BOCES student, John’s participation in a program for the hearing impaired, along with private tutoring, has enabled him to communicate and learn effectively in spite of his hearing handicap. He is enrolled in the second year of the electrical trades program at the LoGuidice Center and has played football at Fredonia High School for five years.

Fifty years ago — 1969

A young, confident, inspired Fredonia High School varsity football team came to play and walked off the Cardinal Mindszenty athletic field with a stunning 20-0 upset of the Monarchs in a Little Three shocker. The Hillbillies grounded out 255 yards on the ground, intercepted three fourth quarter passes and held the vaunted Monarch passing attack to six yards on only one completion in six tries.


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