Twenty years ago — 1998

The New York State Humane Association recently held its annual awards presentation at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Rennselaer. Several people were recognized for their dedication to protecting animal rights and animal welfare education. Among those receiving an award was James Subjack, Chautauqua County District Attorney. He received the Toni Hanna Memorial Humane Law Enforcement Award for supporting officials who enforce and prosecute violators of New York State animal anti-cruelty laws.

Thirty years ago — 1988

It appeared this morning that the Chautauqua County central landfill will remain in business for at least five more months — with the added possibility the chronic local solid waste disposal problem could be solved at least into 1991. At the same time, County Executive John Glenzer said it will be absolutely necessary, if the landfill system is to continue, to establish a user fee schedule to take effect Jan. 1, 1990. He stressed the importance of establishing the fees and reducing intake volume at the landfill.

Forty years ago — 1978

The House of Carpets, 314 Central Ave., Dunkirk recently held its grand opening celebration at its new location. Joan Kuzdale, owner and proprietor, recently purchased the building and moved her five-year-old business from its East Fourth Street location to the Central Avenue address in November 1977.

Fifty years ago –1968

The King of Dixieland Jazz and popular trumpet recording star Al Hirt played his unique and unforgettable swinging trumpet for two hours to the pleasure and wild enjoyment of nearly 1,500 persons in Dods Hall at the Fredonia State University College. Following the performance, he met fans off stage and signed autographs.