Twenty years ago — 1998

Pictured on the front page of the OBSERVER are members of the Happy Hoofers, who have been walking every morning for the past 20 years, according to the group’s spokesperson, Pat Kingsley. The Happy Hoofers walk four miles a day which takes them about 52 minutes to complete.

Thirty years ago — 1988

From City Shorts ….. Trans-Rim Negotiations — Dunkirk Mayor Madylon Kubera said the morning the city has authorized county development officials to negotiate water and sewer rates with officials from Trans-Rim Inc., a company that has proposed building a cardboard recycling plant in the town of Sheridan. The city’s consulting engineers developed the parameters of the city’s proposed rates, Mayor Kubera said, and it will now be up to county and company officials to see if an agreement can be reached on the rates. The company has not yet decided if it will build the plant in Sheridan.

Forty years ago — 1978

A former OBSERVER employee has been named producer/director of the New Hampshire State Junior Miss Pageant. Phil McGan of Londonderry, N.H., who for eight years served as fire-police reporter for the Dunkirk newspaper, will assume his duties immediately. He also serves as director of the New York State Junior Miss Pageant. Mr. McGan began his work with the pageant as a volunteer in 1967 when he served as director of music for the Silver Creek production. In succeeding years, he was associated with a total of 41 pageants on the local and state levels.

Fifty years ago — 1968

A Dunkirk priest has been reassigned to teach at his alma mater, Cardinal Mindszenty High School. The Rev. Donald S. Fafinski will instruct religion classes at CMHS this fall. The appointment was made by the Most Rev. James A. McNulty, bishop of Buffalo. A 1958 CMHS graduate, Father Fafinski is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Fafinski of Serval Street in Dunkirk.