Twenty years ago – 1993

Dunkirk resident Lillian Halasinski, 79, held a press conference in Cheektowaga today to announce that she will be in Rome, Italy from April 13-22 and on April 18, she and her daughter Geraldine will be in St. Peter’s Basilica for the beatification of Mother Mary Angela Truszkowska, foundress of the Felician Sisters. The title of “Blessed” will be bestowed on Mother Angela due to Mrs. Halasinski’s testimony along with intensive investigation by medical experts who concluded that the miraculous healing of her leg was through the intercession of the Polish nun.

Thirty years ago – 1983

Becky Towne of Forestville received a long distance message, but it wasn’t on the telephone. The 17-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Towne of Hopper Road noticed a helium balloon in a tree. After retrieving it, she discovered that it contained a message from a fourth grader in Dillwyn, Va. The note said the balloon represents the launching of a reading contest. Becky will be answering the note and hopes to receive a response soon.

Forty years ago – 1973

Ronald J. Rusch of Fredonia was installed as president of the Chautauqua County Chapter, New York State Restaurant Association. His brother, Daniel A. Rusch Jr., past state president and current director, was the installing officer.

Fifty years ago – 1963

The Clipper Club is scheduled to meet at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Loessi on Spring Street in Fredonia.