Twenty years ago — 1999

Caroline Sosinski of Westfield was the recipient of a WNY Aging Award at the annual Prime Time Awards luncheon. She was cited for her commitment to family, church and community. Caroline’s family spoke of her unselfish love for them. Her pastor talked about the volunteer work she does for her church and the spiritual nature of her life. Caroline’s friends spoke of their love for her and the kindness she has shown them.

Thirty years ago — 1989

The Johnny Carson Show will have a bit of local flavor as guest host Jay Leno samples some of the ice creams concocted by the Aldrich Beef and Ice Cream Parlor in Fredonia. Producers of the show recently came across an OBSERVER story that told about owner Scott Aldrich coming up with wacky ice cream flavors such as chocolate spaghetti and pork and beans for April Fool’s Day. After being contacted, Mr. Aldrich agreed to ship some samples to be tasted on the show.

Forty years ago — 1979

After nearly two years since the project was begun, the 70-year-old Tellor organ moved from the Sacred Heart Church has been installed at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. The project was completed Aug. 9, providing the parishioners with a refurbished organ to complement its building which resulted from the merger of Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s churches.

Fifty years ago — 1969

Frankie Yankovic, America’s Polka King and his orchestra from Cleveland, will preside at the reopening ceremonies at the newly remodeled Lakeside Restaurant on North Pangolin Street in Dunkirk. The restaurant has been owned by the Kozlowski family for many years. Four years ago, the Marine Room was added for parties and weddings.