Twenty years ago – 1994

Chautauqua County Legislator Charles Porpiglia (D-Dunkirk) was accused of skating dangerously close to suggesting that the county should have been included as a defendant in a $6.6 million lawsuit filed by the owners of the Sheraton Harborfront Inn in Dunkirk. Porpiglia denied he had made any such suggestion. “What I said,” he told questioning reporters, “is that the city of Dunkirk might have sued the county back when it announced it would not build a unified county office building on the harborfront development site and then maybe the Sheraton Inn wouldn’t be suing the city now.” County Attorney Steve Abdella warned Porpiglia it was dangerous for any county official to make that kind of statement about an ongoing lawsuit.

Thirty years ago – 1984

Donald Duck, the cartoon character created by Walt Disney, celebrated his 50th birthday this year. Donald made his debut in “The Wise Hen” on June 9, 1934. Donald Duck has fans in 76 countries, daily comic strips in 100 foreign newspapers and comic books published in 47 nations in 21 languages. His name or likeness appears on more than 100 products.

Forty years ago – 1974

Fifty-two Fredonia Middle School students are on a two-day backpacking hike which included a 15-mile hike from Cockaigne to the Middle School, with an overnight campout at the Fredonia policemen’s grounds in Arkwright.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Gerald Quinn Jr. of Sunset Bay earned a degree in ceramic engineering from Alfred University. He also was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.