Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999

A Silver Creek school board member has won the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The award — sponsored by the National Science Foundation — recognized Daniel Gard for excellence among outstanding teachers across the nation. Mr. Gard will be honored for his achievements at ceremonies in Washington, D.C.

Thirty years ago — 1989

A classic 1968 Camaro SS owned by Ed and Joel Mezzio of S&M Chevron in Dunkirk, won an award at the North East Regional Car Competition as 1st Place in its class. The annual “Vette Fest” was held in Philadelphia. The event is limited to Chevrolet vehicles and there were more than 800 entries judged. The owners spent many hours restoring the Camaro and are happy to report it paid off1

Forty years ago — 1979

An OBSERVER “Do You Remember?” photo shows the remains of the fire that destroyed the big Ice House on Front and Dove streets in Dunkirk. It was owned by the Lake City Fire and Fuel Co. The fire on Aug. 15, 1916 completely destroyed the building, leaving only the ice. The ice was packed in sawdust and took most of the summer to melt following the fire. The photo was courtesy of the Dunkirk Historical Society.

Fifty years ago — 1969

The Columban Sisters will be providing a warm and friendly home for the elderly in the former Columban Seminary on Route 5, three miles west of Silver Creek. The stately building on spacious green lawns overlooking Lake Erie is to be reconstructed to become a home for elderly guests. Here the aged can retired in a homelike atmosphere and enjoy an active life.

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