Twenty years ago — 1999

A retirement party was held at the Kosciuszko Polish Home for Mrs. Anthony (Bernice) Mleczko of Dunkirk, a fourth-grade teacher at St. Hyacinth School. Eighth-grade teacher Paul Rushboldt served as master of ceremonies. The investiture was given by Father Michael Parker, school pastor. Mrs. Mleczko was praised for her dedication and unselfish service to the school, where she had taught for the past 13 years, as well as to the community. She was presented with a pastel drawing of a country scene reminiscent of her life by artist David Miller.

Thirty years ago — 1989

Christine E. Riscili, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Riscili of Westfield, has earned her Ph.D. in veterinary physiology and pharmacology from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. Dr. Riscili’s dissertation was entitled, “Electroventilation.” She has published several scientific articles related to her research and is currently teaching at Purdue University where she will resume her research this summer.

Forty years ago — 1979

Some changes are coming at the D & F Plaza shopping center in Dunkirk. Some stores, including two that date back to the start of the Plaza in 1959, will be leaving. Paul’s Jewelers and Gift Shoppe will be moving out in September and relocating to a new store to be constructed on the west side of Main Street. Kirk’s Jewelers will move into the vacant plaza spot. Triangle Shoes, another 20-year tenant at the Plaza, will leave when its lease expires Oct. 1. It will be replaced by Endicott-Johnson Shoes.

Fifty years ago — 1969

For the second time in the history of the Silver Creek Post Office, a die will be used in the cancelling machine noting a community happening. The Festival of Grapes Inc. board of directors requested and was granted permission for use of a specially-prepared die which reads, “Festival of Grapes, Silver Creek, N.Y., last weekend Sept.” Every piece of mail cancelled in the local post office will bear this post mark for the next six months and will reach all parts of the world.