Oct. 7

Twenty years ago — 1997

St. Hyacinth School’s participation in the Catholic Schools Marathon took on a new twist this year when Sister Rachel, school principal challenged the Rev. Rick Poblocki, school pastor, to see who could raise the most money for the school. The Catholic Schools Marathon is an annual event sponsored by the Home School Federation of the Diocese of Buffalo. The students (and some teachers) obtain pledges based on the number of times they run, jog, or walk around the school block. All proceeds benefit the school.

Thirty years ago — 1987

There will be a shift in the recruitment of students who will be taking part in the federally-funded academic and vocational training program at the Cassadaga Job Corps Center. The shift will occur within the next two weeks when the facility begins concentrating its recruitment efforts in the Western New York area. The center’s population of students from the New York City area will decrease as the recruitment of more local students increases. This regionalization is designed to increase the completion rate of students who are able to enroll in the program at any time during the year. Bringing students in from the larger metropolitan areas of the state creates an unacceptable dropout problem when they return home for a leave and choose not to come back to complete their training.

Forty years ago — 1977

Miss Deborah Penharlow was crowned the Fredonia Junior Miss 1978 during the pageant held at Fredonia High School. Runners-up and award winners were Joan Tedesco, first runner-up; Linda Binko, Miss Personality; Michelle Visosky, talent winner and third runner-up; Mary Ann Strobel, physical fitness winner; and Anne Laurito, poise and appearance winner and second runner-up. Miss Penharlow was also the scholastic award recipient.

Fifty years ago — 1967

In a most unusual OBSERVER Pet of the Week photo, 2 1/2-year-old Kathleen Mroczka is shown holding a baby red squirrel that is drinking from a bottle. Kathleen is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mroczka, 149 King St., Dunkirk. The squirrel belongs to Kathleen’s grandfather, Harry Mroczka, of 423 Hoyt St., Dunkirk.