Twenty years ago – 1993

In a touching OBSERVER photo by Charles Lewis, James Fisk Jr. hugs his daughter, Nicole, before leaving her in her kindergarten class in the new wing of Fredonia’s Wheelock School. Today marked the first day of school in Fredonia, while most other districts’ first day of classes will be tomorrow.

Thirty years ago – 1983

The Fredonia Village Board unanimously passed a new open container law at its regular meeting immediately following a public hearing that was held on the subject. The law, which goes into effect immediately, prohibits the consumption of alcoholic beverages in certain public places, such as any vehicle, public sidewalk, street, highway, parking lot or public park. Each violation is punishable by a fine not to exceed $250, imprisonment for a period not to exceed 15 days or both.

Forty years ago – 1973

The first female officer in the 56-year history of the New York State Troopers was officially accepted into the State Police Academy during a swearing-in ceremony held Sept. 6.

Fifty years ago – 1963

The First Portland Baptist Church of Brocton and the Westfield Baptist Church are competing in a challenge to build Sunday School attendance this month. Awards will be given at a rally ending the event.