Twenty years ago – 1993

Jennifer Strine, daughter of Arthur and Wendy Strine Jr. of Ripley, was chosen Miss International Coachmen Caravan Queen for 1993-94 during the International Coachmen Caravan Rally held recently in Sedalia, Mo. Fourteen units from the local Chapter 66, Spotted Vagabonds, attended the rally, the largest number attending from any chapter. Jennifer, a senior at Ripley Central School, also was judged “Most Talented” after singing “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again.”

Thirty years ago – 1983

The abandoned rail line between Perrysburg and Dunkirk is expected to be reactivated in a $2.5-million project that should be completed within the next three years. It became the property of the New York and Lake Erie Railroad on June 29 and private investment will be relied upon to fund the restoration of the line. A complete restoration of the 20-mile rail route is necessary because the old rail line was removed several years ago.

Forty years ago – 1973

St. Hedwig’s parochial elementary school at Doughty and Townsend streets in Dunkirk, will not be opening its doors to students in September, the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo confirmed.

Fifty years ago – 1963

A trade battle between the Western World, the United States and the European Common Market is in the making – the current issue being an international chicken war regarding whose poultry West Germans will fry in the future.