Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1997

The August R. Jankowski Memorial Building at Camp Gross in Cassadaga is finished and plans and programs are ready for the dedication ceremony on July 12. Thanks to the generosity of many friends at Camp Gross, the funding is close to the final goal and officials have been able to meet the $50,000 two-for-one challenge grant offered by the Gebbie Foundation. Individuals, memorials, service clubs, the Camp Gross Foundation all combined to raise more than $29,000 toward the final cost of $85,000. The dedication ceremony will feature remarks on the life and the impact of the late judge, August Jankowski, by his widow Lynn Jankowski; Richard Anson, a lifelong friend; and Ed Kuzdale, a longtime friend and colleague. The ceremony will be the highlight of the 10 annual meeting of the Camp Gross Foundation.

Thirty years ago — 1987

Tammi Moloney, 9, was crowned the “Strawberry Princess” at the recent Strawberry Festival, held at the Chautauqua County Home in Dunkirk. Her essay, “My Favorite Senior Citizen,” written about her grandmother, Mrs. Delphine Sobczak, was selected as the winning essay by the judges on the Residents Council Committee. Tammi said her grandmother told her to try to be “a good listener, trustworthy, forgiving and loving.” The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Poncharik, 140 Central Ave., Fredonia, Tammi attends St. Hyacinth School and will be a fifth-grader this fall. As the essay contest winner, she received a tee-shirt and hat and a free chicken dinner.

Forty years ago — 1977

The first music therapy degree program in Western New York as been approved by the faculty council at Fredonia State University College. The program now goes to the state for approval. Most New York state students are currently enrolled in music therapy programs in out-of-state schools.

Fifty years ago — 1967

The Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District, one of 55 in the state, has been named the outstanding district in the state by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. of Akron, Ohio. The selection was based on how well the district has carried out its duties and responsibilities.

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