Twenty years ago — 1999

Both parents and students pleaded with the Pine Valley Board of Education to reinstate the boys and girls track and field team this spring to allow athletes a chance to compete for scholarships. The board agreed to reinstate the funding for the track team based on contributions from outside sources. If the money does not come through on a timely basis, the board may review the option of eliminating the boys volleyball team in order to reinstate the track team.

Thirty years ago — 1989

The first-place winner in the 1989 Skate to Beat Diabetes held recently at the Dunkirk Roll Arena was Mary Lynch of Fredonia, who collected $550. She received a Fisher-Price camcorder for her efforts. A total of 38 skaters participated in the event, with proceeds going to the American Diabetes Association for research, patient education, public awareness, professional education and Camp Hagoo, a camp for children with diabetes. Entertainment was provided by the Dunkirk Moose Clowns.

Forty years ago — 1979

Willard C. Martin was honored by the S. Howes Co. Inc. of Silver Creek at a dinner held at the Colony House. Mr. Martin had been employed by S. Howes for 50 years and at the age of 67 plans to continue working for the company. He started by mailing advertising matter and presently is supervisor of the order department. Michael Cerrone, company president, presented Mr. Martin with an engraved plaque and gold signature ring in acknowledgment of his achievement.

Fifty years ago — 1969

J. Leland Parker of the Hole-Parker Funeral Home in Silver Creek and the Hole-Parker Funeral Chapel in Forestville has announced the appointment of Warren Riles as manager-director of the chapel in Forestville. Mr. Riles graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science where he was the recipient of the Memorial Award, the highest award granted to a graduate of the Institute of Mortuary Science, which is based on academic achievement and the vote of his classmates as to his qualities of leadership, professional conduct and good citizenship.