Twenty years ago — 1998

OBSERVER sports columnist Jerry Reilly commented that the recently-retired 12-year head coach of the Buffalo Bills, Marv Levy, stepped aside with class. Reilly added that Fredonia has lost a good friend in Levy. An avid runner and walker, he was often seen along village streets right after practice. Marv once told Reilly that he’d come to appreciate the fact that he was rarely stopped along his route by people wanting to talk about the team or ask for autographs. Instead, people left him alone, and he liked that. “Levy didn’t bring the Bills to Fredonia — Chuck Knox did — but he kept them here during his tenure,” Reilly wrote. “Obviously, he knew a good thing when he saw it.”

Thirty years ago — 1988

Daniel Cracium, M.D., has joined the medical staff at Brooks Hospital in Dunkirk, specializing in internal medicine. He is the second of three internists who are setting up a group practice in the Dunkirk-Fredonia area under the name of Dunkirk Diagnostic Associates, P.C. with offices located at 614 Central Ave., Dunkirk. Dr. Cracium received his medical degree from the Autonomous Universidad Guadalajara in Mexico. In addition to internal medicine and non-invasive cardiovascular medicine, Dr. Cracium also has received training in stress (treadmill) exercise testing, the newest diagnostic service offered through the Brooks Hospital Cardiopulmonary Department.

Forty years ago — 1978

The New York State Sportswriters Association has named Fredonia High School quarterback Mike Wallace as its 1977 Football Player of the Year among the state’s small schools. The 5-10 senior was voted onto the state’s First Team Offense after his record-setting season for Coach Dave Ball’s 5-2-1 Hillbillies.

Fifty years ago — 1968

Dr. Russell Joy of North Collins was elected president of the medical staff at Lake Shore Inter-Community Hospital at the regular staff meeting held in December. Dr. Joy has practiced in North Collins for 11 years and was on the staffs of the Hanover General Hospital and Silver Creek Hospital.