Twenty years ago — 1998

County Executive Mark Thomas and Office for the Aging Director Mac McCoy recently announced that the Chautauqua County OFA Nutrition Program was recently recognized by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, as one of the most outstanding meal programs in the country. Mr. McCoy stated, “Only 27 Title III Nutrition Programs in the entire country were recognized with this honor and I am very proud of our nutrition staff, volunteers, contractors and, most importantly, our participants. The very first elderly nutrition meal served in New York State was right here in Chautauqua County in Hotel Jamestown and it’s great news for older citizens and their families to know that 25 years later, we’re stronger than ever in our commitment to serving those in need.”

Thirty years ago — 1988

The Hot Fudge Sundaes, a highly-acclaimed skating group from Buffalo (four-time national figure skating champions) performed recently at the Ice Castle extravaganza in Mayville. While ice conditions were too rough for them to do all of their routines, they did some skating and also performed dance routines in the snow to music.

Forty years ago — 1978

Mary Frances Coniglio, a former Miss Dunkirk-Fredonia and first-place talent winner in the Miss New York State Pageant, recently won two district auditions of the Metropolitan Opera National Council at the Civic Center’s Carrier Theatre in Syracuse.

Fifty years ago — 1968

With 24 games completed, Eugene L. Hilliker of 21 East Lucas Ave., Dunkirk will be Dunkirk’s representative on the Buffalo “Beat the Champ” television bowling show March 9. Gene’s pin total was 4800 for a 200 average. Bowling for 12 years, he presently is carrying a composite average of 197 for two nights of bowling.