Twenty years ago – 1994

On the 50th anniversary of D-Day, the OBSERVER’s front page from June 6, 1944 was used on the front of a special tab included with the paper. The headline reads, “American Army of Liberation Lands on Norman Coast.” In addition, reporter Bill Dill wrote an article called, “Local vets recall D-Day experiences,” which featured Ken Dill, Ed Pienta, Frank Rizzo, Frank Sammartino, Lawrence Williams, Howard Wallen, Herman Jakubiec and Art Lamb. One quote from Ken Dill stands out: “Before they started shelling, they told us that if we lasted until noon, we stood a 50-50 chance of getting out of there alive.”

Thirty years ago – 1984

Raymond Rushboldt has been named as valedictorian of the Class of 1984 at Dunkirk High School. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Rushboldt of Middle Road, he ranks first in his class of 213 seniors with a final average of 97.28. Ray has received academic awards in almost every academic area he has undertaken. He will attend SUNY Fredonia to pursue a career as a professor of political science. Salutatorian John Hutchinson is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Hutchinson of Swan Street. He will be the recipient of a Regents diploma with scientific endorsement and plans a career in economics or engineering. John will also attend Fredonia State.

Forty years ago – 1974

Mary Sullivan, Teril Lindquist, Benjamin Bennice, Michele Pulvino, Joseph Woloszyn, Susan Medley and Joan McMullen received awards for the Foot Health Week Poster Contest, sponsored by the Western Division of the Podiatry Society of New York.

Fifty years ago – 1964

Stanley Fedyszyn Jr., 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Fedyszyn, 327 Lake Shore Drive East, Dunkirk has been invited to serve as guest director for the summer season at the Marjorie Lyons Theater Center in Shreveport, La.