Twenty years ago — 1993

Testimony from Dunkirk resident and St. Hyacinth Church parishioner Lillian Halasinski that she was cured of diabetic neuropathy through the divine intercession of a Polish nun who died in 1899 is being cited as the chief reason Pope John Paul II has decided to beatify the nun. That nun is Mother Mary Angela Truszkowska, foundress of the Felician sisters. Mrs. Halasinski, who is 79, testified that she was instantaneously healed on Jan. 4, 1984 when severe pain and swelling of her left leg disappeared.

Thirty years ago – 1983

Mary Lee Williams of Silver Creek was presented with the sixth annual “Prophet’s Hoe” award at the annual meeting of the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry. The award is presented for faithful and devoted service to the community to a person who exhibits prophet-like courage in the pursuit of justice for all disadvantaged people. Mrs. Williams was recognized for her “unselfish contribution of time, energy and inspiration to furthering the goals of the Rural Ministry.”

Forty years ago – 1973

Karen Pawlak, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Pawlak, 411 East Main St., Fredonia has left for Barcelona, Spain, where she will study for this semester at the University of Barcelona in affiliation with the State University of New York foreign language overseas study program.

Fifty years ago – 1963

In honor of the 60th anniversary today of the Holy Rosary Society of St. Hedwig’s Parish in Dunkirk, a banquet will be held at the Kosciuszko Club following the noon high Mass.