Twenty years ago – 1993

Chants of “We’re No. 1” aren’t likely to reverberate from Buffalo to Long Island now that a national magazine has ranked New York the most-taxed state in the nation for the third year in a row. A two-income family of four in New York pays $11,020 in taxes a year on earnings of $80,542, according to the cover story of Money magazine. Alaska was the least taxed, coming in at $1,694.

Thirty years ago – 1983

Joseph “Joe” Zelnik, the 78-year-old proprietor of Zelnik’s Grocery Store on Beech Street in Gowanda, says that running a small neighborhood grocery store is no way to get rich in terms of money, but it is a lifestyle that provides a wealth of meaningful contact with one’s community. His store is similar to the traditional, almost extinct, corner grocery and delicatessan stores of yesteryear. During his 40 years of business in the “Hidi” section of the village, the Yugoslavian-born Zelnik has been a charitable and considerate grocer. Shut-ins can rely on his delivery of items to their homes. In some cases, credit is extended to customers depending on the circumstances.

Forty years ago – 1973

Brian G. Morrison and Jacquelyn A. Bazely, both of Westfield Academy and Central School, and Thomas A. Putnam of Forestville Central School were among the top five Regents Scholarship winners in Chautauqua County.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Harry A. Centner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Centner of Chestnut Road, Dunkirk, won the National Junior Vegetable Growers Association’s fresh market division for the Northwestern region.