Twenty years ago — 1997

The student-run newspaper at the State University of New York College at Fredonia , The Leader, recently received its highest honor: The Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Medalist Award. Each year The Leader staff submits several issues of the paper to the CSPA College Newspaper Critique. The 1996 staff set their standards higher and their efforts paid off when they received the Gold Medalist Award. The Leader received a total of 958 out of a possible 1,000 points for content, presentation and general operations, giving the newspaper its highest honor to date.

Thirty years ago — 1987

A plaque honoring Vietnam veterans was presented to Dunkirk American Legion Post 62 during the annual membership dinner. Mr. and Mrs. William Schlichter and Mr. and Mrs. Chester J. Layman made the presentation on behalf of all Vietnam veterans. The gift, which will hang in the newly renovated post rooms, is about 4 by 3 1/2 feet in size and includes photos and a description of the Vietnam Monument in Washington, D.C. It also includes the names of the local men remembered on the monument: the late Curtis Crawford, William Fellinger Jr., Ronald Freeman, Harry Kaus Jr., Vincent Rossotto and Robert Samuelson. The plaque also includes a poem titled, “Cold Stone Man.”

Forty years ago — 1977

District Game Protector Thomas Gooch today told an EVENING OBSERVER representative that dogs which are caught in the act of attacking deer will be shot on sight. Officer Gooch stated that the deep snows in the countryside have dealt a heavy blow to herds of deer and severely hampered their movement, making them easy prey for marauding packs of dogs.

Fifty years ago — 1967

John F. Joy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Joy of 175 Eagle St., Fredonia will appear in the title role of “Pinocchio” which will be broadcast on WBEN-TV Channel 4 this week. Currently residing in New York City, Mr. Joy is a graduate of Fredonia High School and Dartmouth College.