Twenty years ago — 1999

Pamela Clemens, a teacher at Northern Chautauqua Catholic School, was named the Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year by the associates from the Wal-Mart store in Fredonia in appreciation for excellence in education. Ms. Clemens was given a special Teacher-of-the-Year rendition of the familiar blue Wal-Mart vest, which the Wal-Mart associates presented to her along with a $500 grant for the school. Ms. Clemens has been associated with Catholic education for the past 24 years and has been a truly caring individual who has developed an excellent rapport with parents, teachers, education and staff.

Thirty years ago — 1989

The Chautauqua Institution, a nationally-recognized center for arts, education, religion and recreation, has been designated a national historic landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Chautauqua President Daniel L. Bratton said the designation affects the entire institution, but is mainly directed at the central area, which contains the colony’s oldest buildings. “The primary value is prestige,” said Bratton. “This is very much an honor.” The institution’s buildings, including 60 private homes, will have to adhere to certain regulations concerning change to their exteriors.

Forty years ago — 1979

Photographs pertaining to Silver Creek’s past are presently on display in the village’s Citibank. The pictures, which include both originals and copies of loaned originals, portray local persons, structures, etc. relevant to the village’s history and have been placed in the bank’s display cases by the Silver Creek Village Historical Society. The reprints and some originals are the work of photographer Louis F. Pelletter of Silver Creek.

Fifty years ago — 1969

Joseph L. Kozlowski, a veteran of six years on the Dunkirk Board of Education, has been elected as the new president of the board. The election came at the board’s annual reorganizational meeting. Other new officers elected are William H. Wills Jr., as vice president and Paul Beher as clerk. The former president, Mrs. Peter Meister, and the former vice president, Frederick E. Strauser, were defeated in their bid for reelection this year. Mr. Kozlowski is the former clerk.