Twenty years ago – 1993

The search for a new Dunkirk police chief took an unexpected twist when Lt. Sam Campese – the officer named just five days ago by Mayor Margaret Wuerstle to succeed Chief Andrew Balzer – told the common council he was withdrawing his name for consideration. Charging that he felt he’d been placed in the middle of a political battle “like sandwich meat,” Lt. Campese said he was not going to allow his nomination to split the police department.

Thirty years ago – 1983

The historic Dayton railroad bridge on Railroad Avenue between Main and Allen streets in Dayton has been recommended for abandonment by state bridge inspectors. Unless the town agrees to accept the responsibility and liability for the bridge, it is likely to be closed to all traffic in the near future. The century-old bridge spans the New York & Lake Erie Railroad.

Forty years ago – 1973

John Walker II was elected chairman for the 1973 Fredonia Farm Festival. Also elected were Leonard Aldrich, first vice president; and William Ludwig, second vice president.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Fredonia Boy Scout Troop 80 received three new members in the Tenderfoot investiture ceremony conducted by Scoutmaster Edward Waxham. They are David Coon, Loren Labarbara and Peter Miccoli.