Twenty years ago — 1997

Elizabeth Strychalski, daughter of Drs. James and Irene Strychalski of Dunkirk, will be staying in Thailand until April 1998 as a Dunkirk Rotary Club exchange student. She noted that students in Thailand go to school from 8 to 4 and attend extra classes on weekends because entrance to Thailand universities is highly competitive. In Thailand, the only sport available to women is badminton. Another Dunkirk Rotary Club exchange student this year is Adrianne Skrypek, daughter of Zoraida Dziduch and stepfather Fred Dziduch. A 1997 graduate of Dunkirk High School, Adrienne is attending school in Argentina. She notes that she has found several interesting shopping malls and plans to play soccer while there.

Thirty years ago — 1987

OBSERVER Student of the Week is Kerrie A. Vercant of Fredonia High School. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Vercant. A senior, Kerrie is a member of the cross country and girls track teams, vice president of the Science Club, and a member of the school band. She has earned awards for NYSSMA competition and with the New York State Mathematics League. Outside of school, Kerrie works for her father on the family grape farm. After graduation, she hopes to attend Pennsylvania State University to study architectural engineering.

Forty years ago — 1977

Herman Zeplowitz and his daughter, Andrea, owners of Lake Shore Wallpaper and Paint Co., 417 Central Ave., Dunkirk received a plaque for offering S & H green stamps to customers for more than 20 years. The plaque was presented to the couple by Arden S. Childs, area manager for S & H. Mr. Zeplowitz and his daughter reside on Eagle Street in Dunkirk.

Featured in People in Profile is Ann Marie Fahnestock of Fredonia, who is the curator of the Historical Museum of the D. R. Barker Library.

Fifty years ago — 1967

An OBSERVER editorial responds to criticism that the newspaper refused to recommend election of specific candidates for city offices. Among the issues the candidates should have responded to (and didn’t) was this one posed by the editorial writer: “What opportunities exist for cooperative effort among the region’s local governments to mesh community services which are now being either duplicated or inadequately performed –or both?”