Twenty years ago — 1993

Two OBSERVER editorial department staff members are among the winners in the annual New York State Associated Press Association writing and photo contests. Staff photographer Charles Lewis won second place in the sports photo category for a picture entitled “Chin-Up” which was taken during a Brocton High School baseball game in May. It shows a runner from third base colliding with the other team’s catcher at home plate. Staff writer Bill Dill received an “honorable mention” in the feature story category for a column entitled “Will Work For Food,” about a homeless man living in a field off Vineyard Drive.

Thirty years ago – 1983

Lech Walesa, the Gdansk shipyard electrician who founded Poland’s now-banned Solidarity trade union to ignite an unprecedented mass movement for freedom under a Communist regime, won the 1983 Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced in Oslo, Norway.

Forty years ago – 1973

Trinity Lutheran Church of Silver Creek celebrated its 90th anniversary with a special afternoon service on Oct. 14. More than 1500 people attended the dedication in August 1883, about one month following its completion.

Fifty years ago – 1963

Jeanette Barbeau taught the AyBoLe, a new Haitian dance which is fast becoming popular in the country, to the Dance For Fun Club of Silver Creek. Mrs. Barbeau learned the steps at a recent Dance Masters of America session.