Twenty years ago — 1999

The Fredonia Middle School received some good news recently from the New York Lottery Games. The middle school has won $5,000 worth of computer equipment from the New York Wired television show, according to a letter from State Lottery Director Jeff Perlee. The New York Wired for Education Internet Campaign was launched by Gov. Pataki in 1996. New York Wired TV gives retailers who sell lottery tickets a chance to win computer equipment for schools in their communities.

Thirty years ago — 1989

Quick and courageous action by Amherst police officer Joseph Gworek and firefighter Richard Fremming today saved the life of Michael Warren, 11, son of David and Anne Warren, 67 Radcliffe Dr., Amherst, formerly of Dunkirk. The two men plunged into an ice-covered pond to rescue Michael and his dog after they fell into the frigid water. The boy and his dog were walking on the pond near their home when the ice broke and they fell into 10 feet of water. Michael was in the icy water for about 25 minutes.

Forty years ago — 1979

Two changes in the staff at the OBSERVER were announced today. H.K. Williams IV has been named assistant to the publisher and Ronald P. Gustafson has been named wire editor. Mr. Williams previously served as wire editor and before that worked as a reporter. Mr. Gustafson previously served as a reporter. Both Mr. Gustafson and his wife are former professional musicians, who have toured the country.

Fifty years ago — 1969

Jill Levy, 17-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Levy, 18 Taft Place, Dunkirk is the Student of the Week. A senior at Dunkirk High School, she is a member of the National Honor Society and is currently a Student Council representative. Jill also had one of the leads in the senior class play. She has been accepted at Syracuse University, School of Fine Arts, where she will major in commercial arts.