Thirty years ago — 1994

David Goodworth of Fredonia, a teacher’s aide at Fredonia Elementary School, composed the song “Dare,” which was recently declared the county DARE theme song, right at home on his electronic keyboard/synthesizer. The recording in audio and video form is one of the latest tools Fredonia DARE Program Coordinator Officer Patrick Ambrose is using in helping motivate youngsters to stay on the right track and avoid drugs and other tempting taboos of growing up.

Forty years ago — 1984

The Great Lakes Color Corp. has begun installation of a new offset press designed to keep the company abreast of the latest technological improvements in the printing industry. The press is capable of producing in excess of 60,000 copies an hour of commercial advertising circulars or Sunday magazines for newspapers. Great Lakes Color was the first facility Greater Buffalo Press opened outside the immediate Buffalo area. From a modest beginning of13 employees in 1947, the Dunkirk plant is now the largest printing plant in the Greater Buffalo Press family with 400 employees, making it the third-largest employer in northern Chautauqua County.

Fifty years ago — 1974

A report claimed that the abrupt closing of the Fredonia Food Specialties plant, a division of W.R. Grace and Co., may have been facilitated by union-organizing activities among former employees. Owners cited a lack of profits as the reason for the closing.


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