Twenty years ago – 1993

Featured in a Labor Day edition is Michael “Mike” Laurito, who began working for the Red Wing Corp. two months out of high school. He was told at the end of the 1968 tomato season that his chances for a permanent job were “not real good.” That was 25 years ago and Mike says, “I’m still here.” He is a jam and jelly cook at the Fredonia plant who feels his employment at Red Wing has been “a good opportunity,” noting that he has worked steady and has never been laid off.

Thirty years ago – 1983

Vee Neal Airlines, based at Erie International Airport in Erie, Pa., has proposed two Dunkirk-to-Buffalo flights each day and two Buffalo-to-Dunkirk flights. The 30-minute flights to Buffalo would depart Dunkirk Airport at 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. each day with the two returning flights from Buffalo International Airport scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. The aircraft, a Piper Navajo capable of handling seven passengers, would be based in Dunkirk with a crew from the area. It also would be available for charter.

Forty years ago – 1973

Damage is expected to approach one-half million dollars in an early morning fire which destroyed the Triple E Produce Packing House on Pecor Street in Portland. More than 200 firemen from six area departments responded to battle the blaze between 2 and 6 a.m. Arson is suspected.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Members of the Fredonia Village Board made public their comments on the Fredonia disposal plant. Board members praised the facility as “one of the most modern in the world,” noting that recent additions and improvements have much enhanced the value of the plant.