Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1993

John McCraith, a 58-year member of Fredonia’s Lambert Hook and Ladder Fire Company, was honored by the Southwestern Association of Volunteer Firemen at their annual convention in Westfield. The 80-year-old paid professional firefighter from 1940-1975 was presented with the 1993 “Outstanding Service Award” for firefighters with more than 25 years of service. The Southwestern Association presented Mr. McCraith with a medallion commemorating the honor.

Thirty years ago – 1983

Dunkirk businessman Russell Valentine had proposed converting the YMCA building on Central Avenue on the Dunkirk-Fredonia line into a bowling alley that would include a small lounge for the bowling patrons. His plans fell through, however, when the Fredonia Zoning Board refused to grant him a variance after the Dunkirk Zoning Board had approved a similar variance. Valentine needed a variance from both boards.

Forty years ago – 1973

It was learned that Westfield Hospital has instituted a nursing audit program designed to ensure maximum patient care. The auditors will have no power in the hospital except as a data gathering and reporting agency.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Dean Warner White, James J. Schrantz and Sam T. Crino, owners of the Woolworth building in Dunkirk since its purchase two years ago, said they have decided to renovate the building and possibly rename it upon completion.