Twenty years ago – 1993

The search for a city of Dunkirk police chief took a new twist when the two leading candidates, Lts. Sam Campese and James Vandevelde, did not make the civil service list for the position. Only two of the seven police department veterans who took the test passed – Officer Roy Marvin was ranked second with a score of 76 and Officer Mark Czekanski was ranked fifth with a 70. Ranked number one on the list was Diane Willard of Hamburg with a rating of 86. Fredonia Police Sgt. Wade Weatherlow was third with a 75 rating. Campese had been Mayor Margaret Wuerstle’s choice for chief prior to the testing.

Thirty years ago – 1983

H. Kirk Williams, president and publisher of the OBSERVER, announces the appointment of Henry K. “Mike” Williams IV to the position of general manager of the company. Mike joined the newspaper in 1976 as a reporter and then became news wire and front page editor. He has been serving as vice president and secretary of the corporation and editorial page editor and will continue in those positions.

Forty years ago – 1973

The Federal Communications Commission has given Dunkirk permission to build a cable television station in the city.

Fifty years ago – 1963

The School 1 Parents-Teachers Association has been officially disbanded due to the closing of the school. Mrs. Jack Scott presided at the final meeting.