Twenty years ago — 1998

Collins Correctional Counselor Steve Hanson and Supervisor of Volunteer Services Jim Galati presented a check for $1,105 to Colleen McKenna of the Silver Creek Food Pantry on Oct. 30 as part of the statewide Make a Difference Day project. Employees and inmates of the Gowanda and Collins Correctional Facilities also collected several hundred dollars’ worth of canned goods and clothing for the food drive.

Thirty years ago — 1988

The New York State Police now have a “Special Enforcement Vehicle” on duty on the New York State Thruway as well as the Route 17 Southern Tier Expressway from Findley Lake to Salamanca. The car is actually a Ford Mustang with a 5.0 liter engine and 5-speed manual transmission. The reason for the beefed up car is to eliminate long distance high-speed chases on state expressways. Authorities pointed out the new police car has quick acceleration to stop speeders before they get away. An OBSERVER photo show Troopers Thomas Matecki and Kenneth Olkowski making a speeding arrest on the expressway.

Forty years ago — 1978

Colleen “Kim” McGuire, 18, has been selected as Student of the Week. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest McGuire of Versailles Road, Irving. Colleen is a senior in the conservation program at the BOCES LoGuidice Occupational Center. A student at Silver Creek Central School, she is involved in a variety of art courses. She particularly enjoys woodworking and ceramics. Her goal is to eventually own and manage a floral shop and greenhouse.

Fifty years ago — 1968

Sp-4 Ross F. Russo Jr. received the Air Medal and two bronze clusters for meritorious achievements while participating in sustained aerial flights in support of combat ground forces in the Republic of South Vietnam Aug. 24 to Sept. 3, 1968. Mr. Russo is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ross F. Russo, 29 West Green St., Dunkirk. Sp-4 Russo has been in Vietnam since January 1968.