Twenty years ago — 1999

The Gowanda Area Chamber of Commerce announced the 1998 Spirit of Gowanda award recipients as Mark Schindler for business and Cynthia Constantine and Bryan Bradley for community service. Mr. Schindler is the owner of Schindler Funeral Home, Southern Tier Monument Company and Art’s Grocery in Gowanda. Ms. Constantine and Mr. Bradley were selected for the community service award based in large part for their years of volunteer work as co-chairs in the planning, organization and coordination of Gowanda’s Sesquicentennial birthday celebration held this past July.

Thirty years ago — 1989

Iolab Pharmaceuticals, an eye care division of Johnson and Johnson, has promoted David E. Fancher of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., to vice president of marketing. He is the son of Mrs. Josephine Nenno of Dunkirk and Albert Fancher of Forestville. Mr. Fancher is an alumnus of Silver Creek Central School (1960) and the University of Buffalo (1966). He and his wife, Maureen, have one son, Darren.

Forty years ago — 1979

Dunkirk Public Works Director John Palmer has resigned following a continuing conflict with Mayor Gilbert Snyder over the supervision of the department. Mr. Palmer said he would step down Feb. 20 and return to his former job of engineering aide. Mr. Palmer claimed that the mayor is trying to run the public works department himself. He said the mayor often bypasses his office and issues orders to city work crews. The relationship between Mr. Palmer and Mayor Snyder may have been irreparably damaged by a remark made by Mayor Snyder in the presence of some out-of-town people in which he allegedly said that Mr. Palmer “wasn’t the best” for the job of public works director, but “he is the cheapest.”

Fifty years ago — 1969

Carol Forrester of Fredonia High School, Michelle Parlato of Dunkirk High, Jill Emmett of Brocton High and Amy Abbey of Cassadaga High were recent winners in the Benjamin Prescott chapter’s Daughters of the American Revolution’s Good Citizenship contest. The girls, all seniors at their high schools, were judged by the student bodies and faculties of each school as displaying outstanding qualities in leadership, patriotism, dependability and service in the school, at home and in the community. Awards will be presented to each of the girls by the DAR.