Retrospective

Twenty years ago – 1994

In the Fredonia Central School District’s largest voter turnout in a decade, the 1994-95 school budget and facilities project passed by large margins, but the race for the second-place board candidate was almost as close as the score of the Bills’ first Super Bowl. Two board seats for five-year terms were up for grabs. The four candidates in order of finish were: John Berner, Margaret Valone, Diane Haight and Andrew Christina. A mere 20 votes separated Ms. Valone and Ms. Haight, with Ms. Valone winning a seat along with Mr. Berner. Both are new faces on the board.

Thirty years ago – 1984

Barring the unlikely chance of successful last-ditch appeals, the 10-cent pay telephone call, a fixture in New York state for 30 years, will cost 25 cents in a few short weeks. This is part of an overall rate hike of $339 million a year for the New York Telephone Co. The telephone company could convert its 160,000 pay phones statewide in about two weeks, pending approval from the Public Service Commission. The increase is the first in pay phone costs since 1953, when the price was boosted to a dime from 5 cents. It is expected to bring in about $100 million in added revenue.

Forty years ago – 1974

A rash of vandalism in the city of Dunkirk involved the opening of fire hydrants. Police Chief Edward “Scrappy” Mulville stated anyone caught opening the hydrants would be charged with criminal mischief and criminal tampering.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Jack Barbin, Carl Spoto and Dale Miller were the big trophy winners during the first annual Brocton High School athletic banquet. More than 150 persons attended.