Twenty years ago — 1998

Thomas Gestwicki of Dunkirk was recently honored at Fredonia State University College as the 1998 recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Maintenance and Operational Service. Mr. Gestwicki is senior offset printing machine operator in the College Print Shop and teaches a guitar course for the Fredonia School of Music. President Dennis L. Hefner presented Mr. Gestwicki with the $500 award and framed certificate at a campus-wide reception. The president’s award recognizes college employees who are not only effective on the job, but also innovative, enthusiastic, respected by others and active in the community.

Thirty years ago — 1988

More than 70 members of the Brooks Hospital Auxiliary were introduced to four new physicians at the annual luncheon meeting held at the White Inn. Mrs. Corrine Heid, program chairman, introduced Dr. Pablo Acevedo, Dr. Daniel Cracium, Dr. James Fitzgerald and Dr. Jack Rzepka. Each spoke briefly about his training and specialty. Daniel A. Putnam, chairman of the board of trustees, thanked the group for its spirit of volunteerism and altruism toward the hospital which benefits the entire community.

Forty years ago — 1978

With the seven-day County Fair firmly established in Dunkirk, officials of the Chautauqua County Fair are eagerly anticipating this year’s exposition July 24-30. Continuing with the policy of new construction at the fairgrounds, the new 60 by 150-foot commercial building is nearing completion. The all-steel building is six feet longer than the antiquated structure it replaces. This also is the fifth construction project completed at the fairgrounds in the past six years.

Fifty years ago — 1968

James M. Miller, a member of the 1968 graduating class at Cardinal Mindszenty High School, has been awarded the Dunkirk Elks tuition scholarship of $500 in recognition of outstanding qualities of perseverance, ambition, effort, enterprise and need. James will attend Canisius College in Buffalo for a two-year engineering course and plans to continue his studies at the University of Detroit. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James A. Miller Jr. of Williams Street, Dunkirk. There were 11 applications submitted for the local Elks award from six area schools.