Twenty years ago — 1998

A random drawing was held to select the names of students in the Dunkirk Public Schools’ new universal pre-kindergarten program. Members of the board of education alternately selected the names from slips of paper placed in an envelope. A total of 28 children had signed up for the program, which only has openings for 21 students. The district will receive $54,000 from the state to fund the first-time program, which has been mandated by the state for 4-year-old children. Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. will operate the program.

Thirty years ago — 1988

Barbara Bartlow of Jefferson Street in Westfield is planning on spending five weeks walking 10-15 miles a day in the Soviet Union with a group of other Americans and Soviet citizens. It is the first peace walk she has ever been involved in. The five-week trip will begin in the city of Kiev with walkers going through the Ukraine to Odessa, a city by the Black Sea. They will spend the entire time living out of tents and walking together.

Forty years ago — 1978

An athletic coach and a student from Maple Grove High School near Bemus Point are set to begin their quest for the world’s pinball playing record and a place in the Guinness Book of Records. Wrestling coach and teacher Curt Miceli, 24, and 16-year-old student James Casselman will attempt to break the existing record by playing for more than seven days and three hours. The two contestants will be playing against each other as well as individually seeking the title. The rules permit only one five-minute break after each hour’s play.

Fifty years ago — 1968

Owen K. Murphy, founder and president of Niagara Therapy Manufacturing Corp. on Highland Avenue in Brocton died of a heart attack today while on a business trip to Ireland. The 60-year-old industrialist started Niagara Therapy, which manufactures cyclo-massage equipment and furniture, in a converted farmhouse in Adamsville 20 years ago. He built it into a multimillion dollar business.