Twenty years ago 1993

John A. Nowak, vice president of the Historical Society of Dunkirk, was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for the Dunkirk Historical Museum’s cooperation with the New York State Newspaper Project. The certificate cited the museum’s help in “preserving the history of New York State.” Mr. Nowak, a charter member of the Historical Society, is a retired OBSERVER composing room foreman, working 30 years for the newspaper.

Thirty years ago – 1983

The Dunkirk Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously approved a special permit that will allow the Dunkirk First Ward Falcon Club to carry out a $175,000 expansion program. The club will add a 15 foot by 62 foot addition onto the west side of the club’s existing building at 341 Lake Shore Drive East. The addition will be used to expand the club’s kitchen facilities. The plans also call for a new 44-car parking lot at the rear of the new building. However, plans for a bowling alley have been tabled by the 2,200-member club.

Forty years ago – 1973

Dunkirk and Fredonia firemen battled for four hours before extinguishing a fire which destroyed the studios and general offices of WBUZ Radio.

Fifty years ago – 1963

A tea honoring Kathryn Whitney, who retired this month after 37 years as a teacher at Fredonia High School, was held recently at the Wheelock School cafeteria.