Twenty years ago - 1994
The new Gowanda Correctional Facility's first inmates are scheduled to arrive Aug. 15. Between 125 and 150 inmates will start arriving on that date with 125 to 150 to arrive every week until they reach a total of 750 inmates. The new facility, located on the former Gowanda Psychiatric Center grounds, is progressing right on schedule, while the Gowanda Training Academy will hold its first graduation on Aug. 19. The corrections officers will be sent to facilities across the state to replace the COs who are being sent to the new Gowanda Correctional Facility.
Thirty years ago - 1984
A local racing pigeon owner had several of his birds killed by a wild animal the night of Aug. 5. Frank Kita, 49 Leming St., Dunkirk, told the OBSERVER that a raccoon broke into the loft in his barn where he housed his racing pigeons and killed 40 of the birds. Mr. Kita estimated the cost of the lost birds at "a couple thousand dollars."
Forty years ago - 1974
Karen Jankowski of Dunkirk placed third out of 58 contestants in the world solo competition at the American Youth on Parade four-day baton twirling contest at Notre Dame University.
Fifty years ago - 1964
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Taravella, owners of the Hanover General Hospital in Silver Creek for the past 15 years, announced the completion of plans for construction of the Margaret-Anthony Convalescent Nursing Home on Lake Shore Drive West in Dunkirk.