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John and Melinda Bell

John and Melinda Bell of Fredonia celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday Oct. 26. The couple along with their children threw a Halloween Bash to celebrate this milestone. Melinda also celebrated her 70th birthday. Great food and dancing were enjoyed by all. Family and friends ...

Jeri and John Wiedenhofer

John and Jeri Wiedenhofer were married 50 years ago on Sept. 29, 1969 in Covington, Kentucky, while he was stationed right over the border at his base in Wilmington, Ohio. John was sent to Vietnam in late June, 1970. Nearly three weeks later, he was shot and seriously wounded, spending a year ...

Barbara and Michael Luffred

Happy 60th wedding anniversary to Barbara and Michael Luffred of Gowanda. Enjoy your day, fondly, your loving children.

Ronald “Crab” and Nancy Chrabasz

Ronald “Crab” and Nancy Chrabasz recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on Aug. 16, 1969 at St. Hyacinth Church in Dunkirk. Ron is the son of the late Jacob and Frances Chrabasz and brother of the late Norman “Butchie” Chrabasz. Nancy is the daughter of ...

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Community news

Dunkirk Memorial Unit 62 Auxiliary news President Dawn Ransom called the meeting of Dunkirk Memorial Unit 62 to order on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Chaplain Lucinda Simpson read the opening prayer. Those in attendance recited the Pledge of Allegiance and Preamble to the Auxiliary ...

Labyrinthine Ways Peace Park plans walk in the woods Sunday

The December walk in the woods will start at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Pete Seger picnic area. Besides seeing the park in December, youngsters will have the opportunity to select seasonal material to craft decorations. Dr. Miller will be on hand with suggestions and materials to help construct ...

Prevention Works sets free trainings in Jamestown

Prevention Works (formerly known as CASAC) is offering an online training entitled “Marijuana and Adolescent Brain Development,” which is available until Nov. 22. Create an account and view the free training today. Presenters are Trish Whetstone and Eric Williams. The benefits are that ...

Final free rabies clinic set for Saturday

JAMESTOWN — The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health has announced the final free rabies vaccination clinic for 2019 in Chautauqua County. The clinic will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Jamestown Fire Training Center, 240 ...

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Recipe idea part of the gravy train

Whether or not you’ve already celebrated Thanksgiving, gravy is one of those staples that everyone needs a good recipe for. For all the future holiday celebrations, and some of those nights when you just need something warm and cozy to eat, this is the perfect finishing touch. It’s ...

Brocton Elementary shows November Students of the Month

Submitted photo On Tuesday, Nov. 26, Brocton Elementary School celebrated its character education assembly. Students were chosen as Students of the Month representing grades K-5. These students demonstrated the character trait of Citizenship on a daily basis. The following students were ...

Forestville Elementary announces November Students of the Month

Submitted photo The Forestville Elementary Students of the Month for November were recently announced. They were selected by their teachers because they are positive role models for their peers in the classroom, follow school rules, are polite and friendly, and are hard workers that never ...

Chautauqua Lake Central School names October Students of the Month

Students of the Month at Chautauqua Lake Central School, honored for October achievements are Rachel Biekarck, Jackson Janicki, Sydney Hawkins, Alexandra Reyda, Angelina Dros, and Olivia Shearer. The student recognition program honors students in grades 7 through 12 whose classroom performance, ...

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New York Army National Guard Promotions

LATHAM – Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership. Branden Libby from South Dayton and assigned to the ...

2019 Botticello Family Reunion

The Botticello Family reunion was held at Evangola State Park. A chicken barbecue dinner by Weidner’s was severed along with many appetizers, salads, and desserts family members provided. A cake featuring last year’s attendees served as dessert. The highlight of the reunion was a water ...

Carrier Educational Center holds Senior recognition ceremony

ANGOLA — Students enrolled in Career and Technical Education programming at the Carrier Educational Center celebrated hard work and perseverance during the 2019 senior recognition ceremony held at Lake Shore High School. More than 80 students from Eden, Forestville, Gowanda, Lake Shore, ...

Gary Tripp Memorial Scholarship awarded

The Gary Tripp Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Monica Pokoj of Dunkirk High School. Monica will be attending SUNY Fredonia in the fall. The scholarship has been established using funds from the Gary Tripp Memorial Golf Tournament. The tournament was originally started to assist Gary with ...

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Macy Lorraine

A daughter, Macy Cassandra Lorraine, was born to Ashley and Tyler Dotson of Marietta, Georgia on June 1, 2019. Ashley is the daughter of Barbara (Rusch) and Kevin Kane of Marietta, Georgia. Macy is the great-granddaughter of Barbara Kane of Dunkirk and Lorraine and David Rusch of Ocala, Florida.

Benjamin “Benji” Zachary Travis

Benjamin “Benji” Zachary Travis was born April 26, 2019 at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo. His weight was 7 pounds, 10 ounces and he was 20.5 inches long at birth. His parents are Brooks and Tiffany Travis of Westfield. His siblings are Big Brother Harper and Big Sister Georgianna.

Viviana Genevieve Monacelli

Bradley “B.J.” Jordan Monacelli and Genevieve Elizabeth Barbara Monacelli (Beichner) of Cassadaga are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Viviana Genevieve Monacelli. Vivi, as she is fondly called, was born on January 22, 2019 at the Buffalo Birthing Center in Buffalo. ...

Noah Michael Farnsworth

A son, Noah Michael Farnsworth, was born Monday, February 11, 2019 to Jeremy and Jenna Farnsworth of Stockton.

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Nicholas Berdyck and Emily Means

Nicholas Berdyck and Emily Means announce their engagement. Nick is the son of Keith and Debbie Panek of Dunkirk. He is a graduate of Fredonia High School and earned his Bachelors in Business Administration from Jamestown Business College in 2017. He currently works in Quality Assurance at ...

Shawn Patterson and Berenice Martinez

Robert and Patricia Patterson of Dunkirk are pleased to announce the engagement of their son Shawn Patterson to Berenice Martinez, daughter of Ubaldo and Guadalupe Martinez of Sunland, California. Shawn graduated from Dunkirk High School and Gainesville Community College in Gainesville, ...

Randy Elf and Hilary Kurtz

Randy Elf and Hilary Kurtz Margaret Chrystal Elf of West Ellicott announces the engagement of Hilary Anne Kurtz of Los Angeles and Dr. Randolph Scott Elf of West Ellicott. Miss Kurtz, a daughter of the late Deborah Ann Austin Kurtz and Joseph Cornelius Kurtz IV, is an alumna of Marymount ...

Adam Willis and Casey Cannon

Adam Willis and Casey Cannon got engaged on Sept. 3, 2019. Casey was born and raised in Ellington, New York and graduated from SUNY Fredonia. Adam was born and raised in Eldon, Missouri and graduated from Eldon High School. They will be married on June 20, 2020.

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Capstone students assist Rural Ministry

SUNY Fredonia Capstone students are making a huge impact on Rural Ministry programs. Under the direction of David Norman, students have updated CCRM’s website, created an agency PSA, increased public relations and marketing as well as providing valuable insight into Rural Ministry’s ...

Religion briefs

Women’s Outreach Choir to present benefit concert Dec. 8 The Women’s Outreach Choir, sponsored by Tri-Church Parish, will present “A Festival of Carols – A Benefit Concert” on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4:30 p.m. at Tri-Church Parish, E. Main Street, Brocton. The event will be directed by ...

Reserve your plates for the Trinity Episcopal Church cookie sale

It’s that time again to hurry over to Trinity Episcopal Church, Garland Hall behind the Church on 11 Day St. Fredonia. The women will have worked hard to bake so many favorites. The cookies are sold by the plate — over 18 on each and every plate is different, for only $9. There will be a ...

Leon Historical Society ‘Old Fashioned Christmas’ Sunday

Submitted Photo The Leon Historical Society will present an "Old-Fashioned Christmas" on Sunday, Dec. 8 at the 1836 Church at 2 p.m. The church is located at the four corners of Leon. Step back in time to a post-World War II Christmas with period displays and a typical church service with ...

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Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lack

On Aug. 31, 2019, Michael Lack and Laura Parks were united in marriage at Shorewood Country Club. The ceremony was officiated by Pastor Sandra Ball. Michael is the son of the late Michael Lack Sr. and Nicholene Bosworth of Ellington. Laura is the daughter of Kenneth and Diane Parks of ...

Mr. and Mrs. Tristen Peck

Mr. and Mrs. Tristen Peck Kelsey Luczkowiak and Tristen Peck were united in marriage on Aug. 1, 2019 in front of immediate family and closest friends at the home of Tristen’s grandparents, Stan and Cat Childs. Pastor Sandra Ball officiated. Kelsey is the daughter of April and Don Corll of ...

Mr. & Mrs. Justin Smith & Emma Laperruque

Emma Rebecca Laperruque and Justin Stephen Smith exchanged wedding vows on Sept. 2, 2018 at the Stanbury restaurant in Raleigh, North Carolina. Josh Snyder, dear friend of both the bride and groom, performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Scott and Amy Laperruque of Short Hills, ...

Mr. Kyle Rice and Mrs. Angela Rice

Angela Pucciarelli and Kyle Rice exchanged wedding vows and rings on May 25, 2019, at Holy Trinity Church in Dunkirk. The Rev. Daniel P. Walsh officiated the wedding ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Joe and Donna Pucciarelli of Fredonia. Her husband is the son of Jeff and Connie Rice ...

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Senior news

Submitted Photo The Silver Creek Seniors celebrated November and December birthdays. Pictured are Janice Snyder, Ellyn Sutehall and Don Hoeber. Missing are Ernie Hilliker, Mary Congdon, Marilyn Flint, Rose Falcone, Nancy Klycek, Helen Burt, Carol Prowse and Richard Carlson.

St. Columban’s on the Lake honors resident veterans

SILVER CREEK – On Veteran’s Day, St. Columban’s on the Lake Retirement Home honored their resident veterans with a ceremony led by Commander Dave Jagoda of American Legion Dunkirk Memorial Post 62. Jagoda recognized each veteran at the home, thanking them for their service on behalf of ...

Meals on Wheels

December daily main entree 2 Beef stew, winter squash, biscuit, apple juice, pudding 3 Macaroni and cheese, broccoli, pears, muffin 4 Turkey pot roast w/ gravy, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, bread, gelatin 5 Two cheese manicotti w/marinara sauce, Italian vegetable medley, grape ...

Senior news

Silver Creek Seniors The Nov. 26 meeting was called to order on a sunny day of giving thanks. President Ed Newman warmly welcomed back Elaine Wojda of Irving. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with gratitude. President Newman invoked the blessing, giving ...

Entertainment | VIEW ALL

McClurg Street String Band performs at open house

Submitted Photo The McClurg Street String Band of Westfield with Kent Knappenberger provided entertainment at Sunday’s Chautauqua County Historical Society’s Open House, held at the McClurg Museum.

The Working Hands Theatre Collaborative presents ‘Euphoria’

Students at SUNY Fredonia have created their own theater company: The Working Hands Theatre Collaborative. They will be presenting the world premier of “Euphoria” by Emma Goldman-Sherman. The play Euphoria is about a family of three dealing with the effects of drug addiction, growing ...

Randall portrayal of Dickens set for Saturday

Local performer Mike Randall will perform his one-man portrayal of Charles Dickens in his performance of “Charles Dickens Presents: A Christmas Carol” at Fredonia First United Methodist Church on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. This live solo performance rings in the Christmas holiday in ...

Expect the unexpected at Fredonia concert

An evening of improvisation in many styles will be presented by the Improv Collective, a collection of musicians at the State University of New York at Fredonia that are dedicated to self-expression through free improvisation, on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 8 p.m., in Rosch Recital Hall. Featuring ...

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Mayville Bluegrass Festival to return

MAYVILLE — The Mayville Bluegrass Festival took place from 2002 to 2009 at Lakeside Park in Mayville. The Festival is being resurrected in 2019 at Big Inlet Brewing in a one-day, all day format on Saturday, Aug. 17. Tickets are only $20 for admission and are available on line at ...

Opera House to present acclaimed comedian Tammy Pescatelli

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present acclaimed comedian Tammy Pescatelli on Friday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. Arguably one of the hardest working women in comedy today, Tammy Pescatelli brings brassy sexiness with a female voice of witty sarcasm to her audiences, holding her own on topics ...

Fredonia concert to feature French chamber music

French chamber music, featuring contemporary violinist Yuki Numata Resnick and two State University of New York at Fredonia School of Music faculty — pianist Eliran Avni, assistant professor, and cellist Natasha Farny, associate professor — will be presented on Saturday at 8 p.m., in Rosch ...

Music Showcase Saturday

JAMESTOWN — The Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center is looking forward to a night full of music and fun in downtown Jamestown during the 15th Annual Local Music Showcase! Local Music Showcase will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. in downtown Jamestown. For only ...