Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1993

The annual April Fool’s Day ice cream flavor featured at Aldrich’s Beef and Ice Cream Parlor in Fredonia this year was “Olive New York,” a mixture of black and green olives and ice cream. It joins other bizarre flavors from the past such as beef gravy, pork and beans, bacon and eggs, sauerkraut, pickles and cream, ketchup and mustard, chocolate spaghetti and minestrone. The yearly event attracts media attention from around the world, including places as far away as Germany and Japan.

Thirty years ago – 1983

Has right-on-red gone wrong? A full six years have passed since motorists in New York state (except New York City) have been able to make right turns after first coming to a full stop at red lights. This regulation was adopted in response to the passage by Congress in 1975 of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. Right-on-red reduces engine idling along with intersection traffic backups and thus conserves fuel. Statistics show that right-on-red has not made the roads inherently less safe.

Forty years ago – 1973

John J. Reardon of Leworthy Motor Co. Inc., Silver Creek has been named a member of Ford Division’s exclusive 300-500 Club, a national organization of outstanding Ford salesmen.

Fifty years ago – 1963

The city of Dunkirk was given a verbal pat on the back today from the New York Fire Insurance rating organization for “maintaining the high degree of fire protection to warrant” Class A insurance rates, the lowest rate available.