Twenty years ago — 1997

Employees of Park Shore Health Care Center in Dunkirk developed an “Adopt an Angel” program for the holiday season, with each employee adopting a resident to spend extra time with and present with a gift. The Chautauqua Salon 649 is gave gift certificates to eight families in Chautauqua County who have a family member with cystic fibrosis. The Mary Circle of St. John’s United Church of Christ bought gifts for residents of the Chautauqua County Home. The Fredonia Teachers Association celebrated the season with a holiday drive, donating food and thousands of dollars to purchase gifts for local families in need.

Thirty years ago — 1987

Chautauqua Institution President Dr. Daniel Bratton has accepted an invitation to attend a reception at the Soviet Embassy in Washington to be held in honor of Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev. The invitation coincides with Dr. Bratton’s planned visit next week to discuss plans for the fourth general conference on U.S.-Soviet relations, set to be held in the Soviet Union next May. Dr. Bratton noted that while he is “personally excited about the invitation,” he feels that it “was offered in recognition of Chautauqua’s role as a key-player in U.S.-Soviet relations.” The Institution’s attempts to improve this relationship began in 1985 when a delegation from the Soviet Union accepted an invitation to participate in the first general conference at Chautauqua≥

Forty years ago — 1977

Sandra Orlando, daughter of Mrs. Grace Orlando of Deer Street, Dunkirk recently returned from Costa Rica, Central America, where she adopted a 4 1/2-year-old girl, Yetti. An open house and get-acquainted party in honor of Yetti was given recently by Mrs. Orlando.

Fifty years ago — 1967

Recent winners of the annual Voice of Democracy competition were Louis Nalbone of Dunkirk, first; Rita Sikorski of Dunkirk High School, second; and Susan Dormandy of Cardinal Mindszenty High School, third. The contest is sponsored by John T. Murray VFW Post 1017.