Twenty years ago — 1993

Twenty years ago – 1993

The real Elvis wasn’t spotted, but people lined up at the Dunkirk and Fredonia post offices to pick up a piece of history. The long-awaited commemorative stamp of the king of rock ‘n roll went on sale at noon on Jan. 9 and people began lining up as early as 11 a.m. for the chance to buy the special stamps. Both post offices received 16,000 Elvis stamps, which commemorated his 58th birthday. By the next day, Jerry Hall of the Dunkirk Post Office said they were almost all sold out. Tim Sullivan of the Fredonia Post Office said they had sold 30 percent of their stamps between noon and 5:30 p.m. the first day. In all, the Postal Service has printed 500 million of the commemorative stamps, the largest commemorative issue ever.

Thirty years ago – 1983

While AL Tech Specialty Steel Corp. is taking a hard look at the future of its finishing operations in Dunkirk, there is no truth to the rumor that it plans to shut down its Dunkirk plant in April. That was the report today from Dr. Adolph J. Lena, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer, who referred to the plant closing rumors as “simply unfounded,” adding that they may have originated with competitors out to scare off AL Tech’s customers.

Forty years ago – 1973

Scoutmaster James Merritt, along with Assistant Scoutmaster Harry Higgs, conducted the court of honor held at the regular meeting of Forestville Boy Scout Troop 18.

Fifty years ago – 1963

The Dunkirk Zoning Board of Appeals gave Nog Inc., 99 West Fourth St., permission to construct a 100- by 45-foot steel frame and concrete block building which would be attached to the existing structure.