Twenty years ago — 1998

Surroundings Art Gallery and Framing has dedicated an art exhibit entitled “Chautauqua Art Teachers and Their Students” to the memory of Fredonia Elementary School art teacher Alisha Marie Kolet. Ms. Kolet, 26, who died tragically in a Sept. 27 car accident in Cheektowaga, was going to participate in the exhibit with her students’ artwork. A resident of Eagle Street in Fredonia, she had taught third, fourth and fifth grade art in the Fredonia Central School District since September 1995. Following the show, the gallery will dedicate a coloring book of the students’ artwork in Ms. Kolet’s memory.

Thirty years ago — 1988

Chuck J. Twoguns, a senior at Gowanda Central School, has been selected OBSERVER Student of the Week. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leif B. Twoguns Sr. A member of the National Honor Society and the Native American Youth Organization, Chuck has the highest grade point average in New York State for a Native American. He also has been active in football and lacrosse at Gowanda and was selected to the All-Western New York Academic Football Team in 1987. Chuck plans to attend Dartmouth College to pursue a career in engineering.

Forty years ago — 1978

The Chautauqua County Association for the Arts is in the midst of turning the former Adams Memorial Unitarian Church into suitable headquarters for its Arts Council activities. The association took possession of the building in early summer and is now preparing for its grand opening ceremonies on Oct. 29. By the time of its grand opening, changes in the building will astonish those who have known it as a church.

Fifty years ago –1968

Plans were finalized for the dedication of the Sinclairville Elementary School during a recent meeting of the board of education. Fred A. McKee, editorial page editor of the OBSERVER, will be the guest speaker on Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. Following the dedication, the building will be open for public inspection. J. Arthur France, associate district superintendent and former district principal of Cassadaga Valley Central School, will dedicate the building.