Twenty years ago — 1997

The Forestville Teachers Association recently held a celebration in honor of Tom Herring at the Fireside Manor Restaurant. Mr. Herring is retiring following 32 years of service to the school district. He taught physical education, health and driver’s education. Mr. Herring also coached several different sports, taking the boys’ basketball and track teams to championships. He also was active in the teachers’ union, having been a contract negotiator for the last 12 years. A lifelong resident of Western New York who currently makes his home in Silver Creek, he plans to spend his retirement teaching defensive driving courses and playing golf.

Thirty years ago — 1987

The new patient care wing at Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving was recently dedicated in honor of John Blair, a longtime hospital friend and benefactor. The ceremony officially marked the opening of the 41-bed patient care facility which is equipped with both private and semi private rooms. The rooms are air conditioned and each has its own bathroom with a shower. Patients were moved to the new area from the original Lake Shore Hospital building on June 4. The opening of the John Blair Patient Care Wing marks the completion of the first phase of a multi-million dollar expansion project at Lake Shore. The cost for the total project is $4.6 million.

Forty years ago — 1977

A lunch program, which has been averaging 125 people daily, is in effect at the new Dunkirk Senior Center. However, other organized activities will not begin until the center’s advisory board is incorporated by the state.

Fifty years ago — 1967

A former resident of Dunkirk appeared on nationwide television during the Johnson-Kosygin summit talks in Glassboro, N.J. Dr. W. Clark Pfleeger appeared directly behind President Johnson and greeted the president in the receiving line. Dr. Pfleeger is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Pfleeger, 501 McKinley Ave., Dunkirk.