Twenty years ago – 1993

Chautauqua County Executive Andrew Goodell has been selected by Business First, a Buffalo-based newspaper, as one of 40 “outstanding young leaders in western New York.” Mr. Goodell, who is 38 and has been county executive for the past 3 1/2 years, was named to the group of under 40-year-old professionals and business leaders in the region. The selection was made from a list of 150 candidates.

Thirty years ago – 1983

While dismantling partitions in the Van Buren Lodge, owner Robert W. Carlson discovered a bottle with a note inside. Dated Feb. 25, 1930, the note conveyed a simple message: “Raining all day. Weather warm outside. Thank you. B. Kroll.” The note was written during the time the lodge was being built by Alice and Henry Monroe; B. (Benjamin) Kroll , age 22, was one of the carpenters. His daughter, Barbara LeGrano of Dunkirk, who was 13 years old when he died, recognized the handwriting on the note as that of her father. She kept the bottle and note as a special remembrance. Ironically, the carpentry tools used by Mr. Kroll are now used by Mrs. LeGrano’s husband, Rocky.

Forty years ago – 1973

Mr. and Mrs. George Fitzer of Dunkirk hosted the annual Sailing Awards Dinner of the Venture Sailing Club at the Dunkirk Club.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Members of St. Mary’s Monastery Parish filled the church hall recently to attend the reception honoring their new pastor, the Rev. Basil Cavanaugh, and their retiring pastor, the Rev. John F. Poole.