Retrospective

Twenty years ago — 1999

Nine people in Randolph are being treated for post-exposure to rabies after they took a baby raccoon into their home. The Randolph case is part of a statewide warning after 47 people underwent treatment because of three mass exposures to rabid baby raccoons. In each instance, baby raccoons had been taken from the wild and care for in homes for several weeks. New York currently leads the nation in the number of rabid animals.

Thirty years ago — 1989

The newest boat launching facilities in Western New York are located at the Hanover Boat Launch and Recreational Facility in Sunset Bay. Located on Triangle Drive, the new launching facilities can accommodate boats to 22 feet long. The scenic location is great for picnics as well and a fish cleaning station is available for the big ones that didn’t get away.

Forty years ago — 1979

More than 200 exhibitors filled Moore Park in Westfield, making the eighth annual Westfield Arts and Crafts Show the second largest in Western New York. There were 20 local organizations, including four of the Westfield churches, that helped to make the 1979 festival a bonanza event. The Pennsylvania Dutch Dinner served at the Presbyterian Church, continues to grow in popularity.

Fifty years ago — 1969

Victor Richardson of Brocton recently received a diploma from Nashville Auction school president, Col. Buford Evans. The auction school in Nashville, Tenn., was taught by some of the nation’s leading auctioneers. Mr. Richardson, a native of Cassadaga and a Brocton resident for six years, was graduated with the usual auctioneer’s title of “Colonel.”

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