Twenty years ago — 1998

Will Till has been named valedictorian at Forestville High School. The son of Mary and William Till of Forestville, he will attend Alfred University in the fall where he plans to major in electrical engineering. Beth Ann Yerico is the salutatorian for the Class of 1998. She is the daughter of Larry and Deborah Yerico of Forestville and will be attending the Rochester Institute of Technology in the fall to pursue a degree in biology. Beth would love to have a career as an astronaut for NASA.

Thirty years ago — 1988

In an OBSERVER sports photo by Elmer J. Haas, Dunkirk High School senior pitcher David Orth is a picture of concentration as he prepares to fire his fastball to a Chenango Forks batter in the third inning of Dunkirk’s 2-1 Class B Western Regional baseball playoff victory in Jamestown’s College Stadium. David pitched a no-hitter with 16 strikeouts as DHS advanced to the state semifinals.

Forty years ago — 1978

The county landfill in the town of Chautauqua will be reopened and back in operation within six to eight weeks, according to Public Works Director William Parment. Mr. Parment said it will be necessary to reopen Chautauqua because the South Stockton landfill, which has handled a major portion of the county’s waste for the past three years, is reaching capacity. The county needs six to 12 months of lead time to get its proposed central landfill in the town of Ellery open.

Fifty years ago — 1968

Redecoration of the chapel at St. Joseph’s School for Exceptional Children was made possible by memorials to the Suzanne C. Steele Memorial Fund, which was established at the time of her death in January and through the remembrances of her many friends. Mrs. Steele’s family requested donations in lieu of flowers be sent to the Dunkirk-Fredonia chapter of the Christ Child Society, of which Mrs. Steele was the organizer in 1948 and served as president until 1956. A plaque in her memory has been placed in the refurbished chapel.