Twenty years ago — 1997

Brooks Hospital is pleased to announce three new members to its health care team. Dr. Raman Sood, who was born in India, is board-certified in internal medicine and is in the process of becoming board-certified in medical oncology. Dr. Joseph Askar, who was born in Lebanon, is board-certified in general surgery and will be performing a wide variety of surgeries. Tobi B. Davidson, who was born in North Carolina, is the new marketing and communications director. She hopes to be a driving force and liaison between the hospital and the people of Western New York.

Thirty years ago — 1987

His caring for others and his attitude about life and people make Richard “Dick” Mekus of Dunkirk a man worth knowing. A cerebral palsy victim confined to a wheelchair and with speech problems, he still gets around the city via a large tricycle. He visits places and people and when he has free time, expresses his thoughts via a typewriter. His thoughts are inspiring. Previously, he typed a booklet and titled it “Just Food for Thought” — a booklet reflecting his feelings toward life and people who live here. His most recent typing endeavor is titled “Sunny Side Up” and it carries wisdom, advice and humor for each and every person who reads it.

Forty years ago — 1977

Dunkirk’s new building construction code, which went into effect earlier this month, isn’t the most popular law ever adopted by the city council. But the code, which sets fees for building permits and outlines administrative powers, is a law that has been needed for a long time, according to Charles Poland, city building inspector and zoning officer. He said the authority to enforce the regulations of the state construction code was rather vague before the new law was adopted by the council last month. Now the authority is spelled out in black and white. Some critics claim the new law could impede new construction in Dunkirk.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Susan Dormady, a teen columnist for the OBSERVER who ranks among the top 10 academically in the senior class at Cardinal Mindszenty High School, has been named Student of the Week. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Dormady, 74 Cottage St., Fredonia, she served as publicity director for this year’s High Fever Follies.