Twenty years ago — 1999

Sixth-grade student Esmeralda Ramos of Dunkirk was recently selected as one of the winning poets to be published in an anthology “A Celebration of Young Poets.” Esmeralda, who attends Dunkirk Middle School, was awarded a $50 savings bond by Creative Communications for her poem. She was one of 50 students selected as winning poets and all entries will be published in the anthology.

Thirty years ago — 1989

The Forestville Hornet Marching and Concert Bands won seven awards during May competitions in Boston, Mass., and at the annual Springville Pageant of Bands. In Boston, under the direction of Jeffrey Geblin, the band received a Silver Award while winning the first-place competition. Only one gold and two silver awards were given by judges during the competition. The group also captured first- and third-place awards in Springville.

Forty years ago — 1979

The Village of Silver Creek Historical Center celebrated its first birthday today. In June of last year, the board of trustees saw a need for the permanent preservation of articles relating to the village’s historical past and allotted a room on the second floor of the municipal building for this purpose. Village Historian Pat Pfleuger was appointed the center’s curator.

Fifty years ago — 1969

The Presidential Physical Fitness Award now is the highest award given for performance on the AAHPER Youth Fitness Test. Recipients are boys and girls aged 10-17. They must score on or above the 85th percentile for all seven test items. To win a Presidential Award Badge is a distinct honor. Five Dunkirk pupils have become the first from Dunkirk elementary schools to win the award. They are: Kathryn Sage, Alan Zielinski, Gary Jakubowski, Calvin Thomas and Richard Donaldson.