Twenty years ago – 1994

The city of Dunkirk has been notified that it will be awarded a state grant for improvements which it hopes will lead to Amtrak making Dunkirk an official stop for its passenger trains. John C. Egan, commissioner of the state Department of Transportation, notified the city by letter that it would be receiving $62,500, which the city hopes to use to refurbish the former depot at the foot of Main Street near the railroad tracks. The funding is part of the state’s $30 million Special Rail Transportation Program.

Thirty years ago – 1984

The largest Tops Friendly Market ever built in Western New York opened this month in the town of Dunkirk on Vineyard Drive. The 50,000 square foot store has a 36,000 square foot shopping area, parking for about 450 cars and will employ about 300 workers. The store is privately owned by Jane Eagan and Jerry Trindel of Fredonia. It includes 17 checkout stations, a floral boutique, bulk food section, huge salad bar and in-house bakery. The store is open daily from 6 a.m. to midnight.

Forty years ago – 1974

In the Fredonia High School auditorium, a large gathering of residents from Sheridan, Pomfret and Portland attended a presentation given by Niagara Mohawk officials who explained a proposal for a new power generating plant.

Fifty years ago – 1964

A community band, comprised of Silver Creek High School students and anyone in the school district who plays an instrument, is being organized.