Twenty years ago — 1998

The Brooks Memorial Hospital Auxiliary recently held its annual Tree of Lights ceremony with refreshments and carolers from the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Folk Choir directed by Sam Mancuso. The festivities concluded with the official lighting of the hospital tree. The Tree of Lights is a community-wide remembrance project sponsored by the BMH Auxiliary. Each year, an evergreen tree is placed on the hospital roof and decorated with lights which sparkle from December through January. The auxiliary invites area residents to purchase a light to be placed on the tree in remembrance of a loved one.

Thirty years ago — 1988

Chautauqua County Executive John Glenzer has appointed Andrew W. Goodell of Bemus Point to be the new county attorney. He will succeed Robert Laughlin of Westfield. Mr. Goodell has served over five years as first deputy county attorney under Mr. Laughlin. A 1981 graduate of Cornell Law School, Mr. Goodell received his doctor of laws degree magna cum laude, in the upper 10 percent of his class. He was admitted to practice by the bars of New York, District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Forty years ago — 1978

The Very Rev. Frederick Ward Kates of Main Street, Silver Creek was greatly honored by the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, the cathedral church of the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane, Wash. on Dec. 10 when a stained glass window was dedicated in his honor. The window, which is located in the cathedral’s south end transept, was inscribed, “Given to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for the ministry of Frederick Ward Kates, dean of the cathedral, 1952-1956.”

Fifty years ago — 1968

Dr. Alexander M. Chabe, professor of education at Fredonia State University College, has written a middle grades textbook entitled, “How People Live in the U.S.S.R.” Dr. Chabe is currently completing his second set of sound film strips on various phases of Soviet life and culture and his television program on the Soviet Union proved popular with New York school children.