Twenty years ago — 1998

James “Turk” Murphy will be the grand marshal of the first-ever St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the city of Dunkirk. The Dunkirk Irish Heritage Committee has scheduled the parade and will be assisted by Community Christmas/Sharing with Children. Businesses are encouraged to have promotions on St. Patrick’s Day and the clubs to open their doors and have functions going on. Mr. Murphy is the first president of the Dunkirk Irish Society, founder and captain of the Dunkirk Rescue Squad and a 50-year volunteer fireman. He has been honored for his rescue efforts by several organizations over the years.

Thirty years ago — 1988

Recently named Ripley Central School Superintendent Kenneth Wasmund has high hopes and goals for the school district. His goals not only include children’s education, but the combined working together of all phases of the school’s operation. To reach his goals, he is working on a district plan that must be an accurate picture of “what we would like the school to be in five to seven years down the road.” Other goals include an easier transition from the elementary level to the upper grades, more course electives, earlier foreign language training, a gifted program and a more developed guidance program.

Forty years ago — 1978

Dawn Constantini Long, an employee of Dun and Bradstreet Inc. in New York City since Oct. 15, 1975, is one of 25 recipients of the first Regional Presidential Citation Awards for Excellence in Reporting for the New York region and also one of 25 recipients of the National Citation Awards of the United States. As a national winner, Dawn and her husband will travel to Honolulu as guests of Dun and Bradstreet. Dawn is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Constantini, 310 Dove St., Dunkirk and an alumna of Cardinal Mindszenty High School and Fredonia State University College.

Fifty years ago — 1968

The Evening OBSERVER is presenting a new local weekly column, Good Evening. Written by Robert Dyment, a local magazine writer, the column will appear exclusively in the OBSERVER and will cover a wide range of topics of interest to readers in northern Chautauqua County. Mr. Dyment, who already writes a syndicated column which appears in 25 U.S., Canadian and British magazines, has been a professional writer for more than 10 years. He resides in Fredonia and maintains an office in Dunkirk.