Retrospective — Sept. 9

Twenty years ago — 1997

Two former high school exchange students recently returned to the area for a visit accompanied by their families. Elisabeth Dahl of Sweden spent a year at Dunkirk High School in 1966-67. Ms. Dahl is a teacher in Sweden for grades seven through nine. Martina Kast, a television journalist at the largest television network in Germany (based out of Cologne), was a student at Dunkirk High School for the 1976-77 school year. The two women met serendipitously aboard a cruise called the Journey of Lifetime designated for former exchange students. One of the things they enjoyed most about Dunkirk High School was the spirit and enthusiasm of the students and teachers.

Thirty years ago — 1987

Dr. Jack Rzepka has joined the medical staff at Brooks Hospital in Dunkirk. Dr. Rzepka is assuming the office space of Dr. Edmund M. Tederous who recently retired from the active medical staff at Brooks Hospital after nearly 40 years of practicing medicine in the Dunkirk-Fredonia area. Dr. Rzepka is the first of three internists who are setting up a group practice under the name of Dunkirk Diagnostic Associates Inc. He is specializing in internal medicine and non-invasive cardiology with offices located at 614 Central Ave., Dunkirk.

Forty years ago — 1977

Ground was broken in Jamestown for the county’s new agricultural information headquarters, climaxing more than a year of controversy and struggle to get the project started. The building will cost about $963,000.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Students entering sixth grade at Brocton Central School will begin a new program of departmentalized instruction this fall. An organizational change in the four basic subject areas has been planned so that one teacher will teach all the sixth graders in math, one in English, one in science and one in social studies. The plan closely parallels the present organization of the junior high school program and the middle school concept.