Twenty years ago — 1999

Between an errant snow plow, a tipped over fire department vehicle and the surprise purchase of a sidewalk plow, Dunkirk city employees are finding city streets tough to negotiate — maybe even tougher than blindsided council members. The purchase of the sidewalk plow was approved by Mayor Robert Kesicki without the required consent of the council. With the controversy surrounding the surprise purchase of the $60,000 snow plow swirling amid daily snow showers earlier in the week, DPW director Randy Woodbury confirmed the plow is doing an excellent job despite a broken light on top of the brand new plow.

Thirty years ago — 1989

Ground was broken recently for the new Chemical Dependency Outpatient Wing at Tri-County Hospital in Gowanda. Construction should take three or four months to complete. The 20-bed inpatient program, to be housed in the existing south wing, has a target opening of April 1989. The outpatient program which has been operating since July 1, will be housed in the new structure being added to the south wing. The chemical dependency units are targeted toward serving the residents of Southern Erie, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties.

Forty years ago — 1979

The Silver Creek Jaycees have announced the selection of Kim Goodell as the Outstanding Teenage Young Person. As Outstanding Teenage Young Person, Miss Goodell receives $25 locally and will be competing against students sponsored by other Jaycee chapters in Region IX for additional scholarship money. In all, five local students competed for the Silver Creek Jaycee award. They were Miss Goodell, Sandra Vona, Jeffrey Zanghi, Joseph Contino and John Pagano.

Fifty years ago — 1969

Mrs. Regina Richards, director of nurses at Brooks Memorial Hospital for more than 18 years, will retire Jan. 18. She has been a nurse since 1926 and has seen Brooks Hospital grow from 64 beds to 200 beds with a corresponding increase in hospital employees. The former Regina Rozumalski, she is the widow of Charles H. Richards, who died in 1949. She resides at 31 Pennsylvania and has no immediate plans following retirement.