Twenty years ago — 1993

An OBSERVER photo by Bill West of Dunkirk Marauder Brian Crawford sliding into home plate in a cloud of dust as the umpire signals safe has been appearing in newspapers across the country – from San Francisco to San Juan, Puerto Rico to the New York Times. Most recently, Life Magazine printed the shot, an explosion of gray and black and white. The magazine referred to Brian as The Invisible Man – engulfed in a cloud of powdery dust. An Associated Press editor wrote to Mr. West: “Not a clear call for the umpire, but a clear call for me. Great photo!”

Thirty years ago – 1983

By a vote of 3 to 1, the town of Dunkirk Zoning Board of Appeals denied the appeal for a variance request by Twin Fair Properties Inc. of Buffalo for a 95 by 139-foot addition to the north side of Hills Department Store, which would have housed a Fay’s Drug Store. One of the main concerns of the Zoning Board was the possibility of traffic congestion as a result of cars entering the parking lot and stopping in front of the proposed drug store to drop off or pick up passengers.

Forty years ago – 1973

Edgar P. Smith of RD 2, Forestville has been appointed general foreman of the forge department at the Dunkirk plant of the True Temper Corp.

Fifty years ago – 1963

The first practice for the Fredonia Orioles football team will be held today at the Orioles field on Chautauqua Road.