Twenty years ago – 1993

The Dunkirk Zoning Board of Appeals has granted a variance that will allow a former clothing store at the D&F Plaza to be converted into an auto service center. The former Diane’s Fashions store will be turned into a Precision Tune Automotive Service Center, with the conversion to take about 60 days. Unanimously rejected by the same board was a request for permission to build an 18-hole miniature golf course at the Lake Shore Freeze ice cream shop at 436 Lake Shore Drive East.

Thirty years ago – 1983

It’s official! Chautauqua County Executive Joseph Gerace has been named by Gov. Mario Cuomo to head the state Department of Agriculture and Markets. Mr. Gerace will replace current Commissioner J. Roger Barber at a salary of $65,700 per year. His appointment requires approval of the State Senate. Mr. Gerace, 56, has been county executive since 1975 when the post was created.

Forty years ago – 1973

Lynn Ann Cody, 18, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Cody of Dunkirk, was announced as “Calendar Girl of the Month” today. She likes to sew, cook and hunt, once bagging a 111-pound buck while hunting with her father.

Fifty years ago – 1963

The Silver Creek Junior Chamber of Commerce announced today it will stage a “safe driving rodeo” this weekend in the high school parking lot for teens 16 and over. Entrants will be provided with a safety inspected car to drive.