Twenty years ago – 1993

Dunkirk Mayor Margaret Wuerstle was among the well-wishers on hand when the Dunkirk Little League Softball 13-15 All-Stars returned home from the Eastern Regionals. Mayor Wuerstle presented the girls and their manager, Barney Kuzara, with a key to the city during a short presentation at the Woodrow Avenue Little League Field. The team won the New York State Senior League championship on Long Island, then advanced to the Eastern Regional at Orange, Conn. It was the first time a Dunkirk team has won a state title in Little League Softball.

Thirty years ago – 1983

In a front page OBSERVER photo, Bernie Watrous of 243 Temple St., Fredonia shows off a very unusual ear of sweet corn, which looks like a hand (three ears in one). This particular ear would be ideal for corn lovers who enjoy going back for seconds and thirds. However, Mr. Watrous does not plan to eat the corn, at least not right away – he is keeping it fresh in his refrigerator to show off to friends and neighbors who stop by his house.

Forty years ago – 1973

John Arcoraci of Dunkirk, a Fredonia State University College employee, was the winner in the State Employees Suggestion Program. He designed a mail sorting tray enabling campus mailmen to categorize mail while in their trucks between stops at the various buildings. The time-saving device is reportedly in use at other SUNY campuses.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Eileen Pratt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Pratt of Webster Road, Portland, is the reigning queen of the Portland Sesquicentennial celebration. Cynthia Zanghi, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Zanghi of Brocton, is “Little Miss.”