Twenty years ago – 1994

Dunkirk Mayor Margaret Wuerstle launched her second two-year term of office during an hour-long inaugural ceremony at city hall on New Year’s Day. In her speech, she stressed the need for the mayor and council to work together. Mayor Wuerstle went on to note that during her first two years in office, she learned that it takes a real team effort to successfully direct the city through such changing times.

Thirty years ago – 1984

Sheridan Town officials were sworn in today at Sheridan Town Hall by Sheridan Justice Roger Gloss. They include: Peter T. Smith, town justice; Beverly Niebel, town clerk; Wayne Luce, town supervisor; and Joan Woods, John Pagano and Jacob Meyers Jr., town councilman. Also, Matthew Pasierb, town highway superintendent; and Robert Butcher and Richard Langworthy, town assessors.

Forty years ago – 1974

Earl Kommer has been temporarily appointed head of the Dunkirk Department of Public Works until new City Engineer William Larson Jr. reports for work later this month. Mr. Kommer currently lives in Fredonia but is house-hunting in Dunkirk.

Fifty years ago – 1964

The area around the Monroe Building on Central Avenue in Dunkirk has been roped off by Building Inspector Stephen Sekula because of the danger of the building collapsing. Cracks and bulges in the building’s wall were noted following the derailment along Third Street of a New York Central train. One of the cars ripped a gaping hole, which has since been boarded up, in the north side of the building.