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Retrospective

Thirty years ago — 1990

The state plans to spend between $8 and $9 million to build mental retardation service facilities in Chautauqua County, including a $2 million educational center next to the Chautauqua County Home in the west Town of Dunkirk. Officials from the J.N. Adam Developmental Center in Perrysburg said the state Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities wants to purchase 4.8 acres on the County Home campus for $21,600. The main J.N. Adam campus is scheduled to be closed by the state early in 1993.

Forty years ago — 1980

Following a tradition of nearly 25 years, the maternity ward nurses at Brooks Hospital are once again placing the “Christmas babies” (born Dec. 24-26) in large red and white stockings. Each newborn also receives a red and white pixie hat.

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