Twenty years ago — 1997

Trading heat, crowding and crime or fresh air, wide open spaces and safety, 33 disadvantaged children from New York City arrived in Chautauqua County this summer to spend between two and six weeks with Fresh Air host families in Chautauqua County and North East, Pa. The Fresh Air Fund is an independent, New York City-based, not-for-profit agency providing free summer vacations to thousands of needy inner-city youngsters. Volunteer host families in rural areas around New York State have, through the years, provided vacations for more than 1.6 million New York City children. Children between the ages of 6 and 12 may enter the program. Many of the children who come to Chautauqua County for the first time have never been out of the city before. On her departure last year, one little girl promised, “I’ll be back if I don’t get shot.”

Thirty years ago — 1987

“The Great American Circus” featuring “Tiny Tim” of ’60s fame will be presented Sept. 4 at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds. Performing elephants, thrilling aerialists, wild and domestic animals, clowns and side shows are all featured in the one hour-45 minute show. The raising of the tent is a spectacle which draws a sizable crowd. The elephants are used to help erect the mammoth 110-foot wide by 260-foot long Big Top. The event is presented by Fraternal Order of Eagles 2447 as a public service.

Forty years ago — 1977

With a little bit of luck and if everything falls into place, the Webster Road solid waste transfer station in the town of Pomfret could be operational by the first of the year, County Public Works Director William Parment told the OBSERVER.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Mrs. Malcolm C. Reed and her sister-in-law, Mrs. William Schick, who is visiting from Peru, were the grand champions in the 1967 women’s invitational golf tournament at Shorewood Country Club. Thirty teams participated.