Twenty years ago — 1993

The State Education Department delivered a scathing report on its recent visits to the Dunkirk public school district. Among the findings: the hostile relationship between the teachers’ union and the board of education is disrupting the entire educational program; stringent attendance policies result in an inordinate increase in dropout and retention rates; some schools lack a sense of purpose and display a climate of low expectations for students, especially those from lower socio-economic levels.

Thirty years ago – 1983

William F. Buckley Jr., nationally known political commentator and syndicated columnist, has accepted an invitation from the Red Wing Co. Inc. to visit its plant at 196 Newton St. in Fredonia. Charles Marcy, national account sales manager for Red Wing, recently wrote to Buckley, thanking him for his complimentary remarks about the company and its peanut butter. He also told him about the new equipment being installed in Red Wing’s peanut butter line and invited him to cut the ribbon.

Forty years ago – 1973

Deborah Meyers was chosen as Miss Murray Hose Co. No. 4 with Paula Michalak as runnerup. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Meyers, 59 Wilson Ave., Dunkirk, she was crowned by Terri Watson, the 1972 queen.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Construction of the nation’s first privately owned and operated nuclear reprocessing plant was officially under way today in the Cattaraugus County town of Ashford, following a ground-breaking ritual by Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller.