Twenty years ago – 1993

The Dunkirk Youth Bureau Recreation Commission and P.J.’s Pet Emporium sponsored this year’s jelly bean guessing contest in the Dunkirk elementary schools this past week. The giant aquarium, provided by P.J.’s and filled with jelly beans, toured the schools and all children in kindergarten through fifth grade had a chance to guess the number of jelly beans. The grand prize winner is Angelo Rivera of School 3, whose guess of 9,806 was only nine beans away from the correct number of 9,797. For his effort, he received three chocolate rabbits and a party for his entire school.

Thirty years ago – 1983

The Peter J. Schmitt Co. Inc. of Cheektowaga, owner of Bells Market in Dunkirk, has submitted plans to the Fredonia Building Inspector’s Office to convert the former Robson’s Market at 12 Center St. into a Freshmart Store. Robson’s Market had been in business for nearly three years. It was opened as an independently-owned store by William and Sandra Robson, in November 1979 in the former Acme Market which closed in July of that year.

Forty years ago – 1973

The impact of the April Fools boycott of meat, launched April 1 by housewives across the nation, is already being felt, with packing houses laying off more than 1,000 employees at firms in the beef-rich Iowa-Nebraska area.

Fifty years ago – 1963

During the National Farmers Union organizational meeting held at the Cassadaga American Legion, Kenneth Swanson was elected as the group’s first president and Betty Holliday was elected secretary-treasurer.