Twenty years ago – 1993

Phil D. Julian Sr. of Dunkirk has found a unique way to deliver a message to his state legislators. In response to what he believes to be inexorable state tax rates, a dying economy and a series of layoffs from his job at a local steel plant, Mr. Julian decided to share his sentiments with all residents of the Empire State, or as he prefers to call it, the Vampire State. He turned his truck into a traveling billboard about three weeks ago. The painted-on message? “Taxed to Death in the Vampire State.”

Thirty years ago – 1983

A book-length manuscript on Georgian architecture by Dr. Daniel D. Reiff, professor of art history in the Fredonia State University College art department, has recently been awarded a $2,500 prize in a competition held by the University of Delaware Press for the best manuscript on early American culture prior to 1840. It is scheduled to be published by the press in the fall of 1984.

Forty years ago – 1973

Clifford Borst has been provisionally appointed as chief of police in the village of Brocton. His appointment fills the vacancy left by the resignation of Spencer Kirschman.

Fifty years ago – 1963

A. Rubenstein & Sons, 202 W. Second St., Dunkirk has been awarded a safety achievement certificate for its no-accident record during the 1962 safety contest conducted nationally by the institute of Scrap Iron & Steel.