Twenty years ago – 1993

It didn’t take that long for an unwanted family on Lafayette Avenue in Dunkirk to be run out of the neighborhood. The unlikely residents – a family of beavers – received less than a friendly welcome when they decided to build a dam across the end of a drainage pipe on the street. After their home was torn down twice by Dunkirk’s animal control officer Bob Meyer, the beavers finally took the hint and left. No one has seen them since and it’s being speculated that the beavers probably just decided to make their dam home somewhere else.

Thirty years ago – 1983

The Most Rev. Edward D. Head, bishop of the Roman Catholic diocese of Buffalo, will officiate at the ordination of the Rev. Mr. Michael J. Parker this evening in St. Hyacinth’s Church, Dunkirk. This is the first time in history a Dunkirk priest has been ordained in his home parish. The 7 o’clock ordination ceremony will be followed by a parish reception in the school auditorium.

Forty years ago – 1973

Facts about Fredonia include: nation’s first gas well, first Grange, first women’s temperance union, produced a world record power weightlifter and is home to world champion handkerchief crocheter Randall Geiger of Hamlet Street, who has crocheted for more than 70 years.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Helen Piersons of Stockton has been appointed outside guardian of the New York State Rebekah Assembly. An August reception in honor of Mrs. Piersons is being planned by members of the Stockton Star Rebekah Lodge, of which she is a member and past noble grand.