Twenty years ago — 1999

Ice and snow, tornadoes, train wrecks and tire fires, whatever the emergency, Wanda Gustafson has been on the scene and on the job as director of the county’s Disaster Emergency Management Office. This January, after 24 years of service in this critical position, she decided to retire. She points with pride to the fact that she has held this appointed position through four county administrations and has worked with the leadership of both political parties. Ms. Gustafson recalls that the “Blizzard of ’77” required a three-week non-stop effort by her office, enlisting aid from all available hands and vehicles to provide essential supplies to stranded individuals.

Thirty years ago — 1989

Michael Gloss, son of Roger Gloss of Sheridan and Don and Mollie Cotton of Sheridan has been chosen Student of the Week. Michael is a student at the LoGuidice BOCES Center in Fredonia and a senior at Silver Creek Central School. He has been named the student of the quarter at the LoGuidice Vo-Tech Center based on his grades, class performance and teacher recommendations. Michael presently works after school and on weekends drilling natural gas wells for the Cotton Drilling Company.

Forty years ago — 1979

Montgomery Ward’s new PAATS store (paints, appliances, auto accessories, tires and service) recently held a grand opening at 437 Main St., Dunkirk. Ron Norris, store manager, added to the traditional ribbon-cutting by clipping 100 $1 bills to the ribbon that were presented to Sister Grace Roll, director of the St. Joseph’s School for Exceptional Children after the official cut by Dunkirk Mayor Gilbert Snyder.

Fifty years ago — 1969

In the January issue of The School Music News published by the New York State School Music Association, the Silver Creek High School Band received an evaluation of its performance at the Buffalo Convention Center in Buffalo. To quote the magazine article: “Although Silver Creek Central school system has a total enrollment of only 1,688 students, it certainly can boast of its fabulous high school band. The standing room only audience heard a flawless performance of contemporary band music directed by their dynamic young conductor, Ronald A. Sutherland.”