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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 ...

Donald and Deborah Lane

Donald and Deborah Lane of Sinclairville will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary on Aug. 5. Donald Phillip Lane and the former Deborah Ann Maydwell were married on August 5, 1974 in Sugar Grove, Pa, at the pastor’s house behind the church. They have three children: Scott (Pam) Lane ...

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Bigfoot enthusiast speaks at Rotary meeting

WESTFIELD — Lots of dark fur, huge feet, apelike, and larger than humans are some of the descriptors of the creature known as Bigfoot or Sasquatch. Local enthusiast Peter Weimer, whose interest in the subject began 25 years ago, offered a program on the topic at the Sept. 17 meeting of the ...

Prevention Works to host active parenting class

Attendees will build a strong foundation for their children. A child’s first years are so important. Participants will learn how to make the most of them with “Active Parenting: First Five Years.” In this program, learn the best ways to nurture a child from birth to pre-K with a “just ...

Lecture on early history of county’s brewing set for Saturday in Jamestown

JAMESTOWN — Chautauqua County is experiencing a beer renaissance with numerous micro breweries and craft beer establishments currently operating in several local communities. But those businesses currently in operation are just the latest in a long line of bottlers and breweries that existed ...

Forestville Open House to celebrate state’s foods

FORESTVILLE — Forestville Superintendent Renee Garrett invites families to attend Open House on Oct. 10 to sample a new menu item that is part of the new, locally-sourced New York state food products that are being added to the school lunch menus for the 2019-2020 school year: Wardynski & ...

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School 3 celebrates National Custodial Worker’s Recognition Day

Submitted photo On Wednesday, Oct. 2, Miss Alyssa Perry’s Kindergarten Class and Miss Amanda Kulig’s First Grade Class helped celebrate National Custodial Worker’s Recognition Day at School 3. Mr. Alberto Benejan was greeted with his favorite Tim Horton’s coffee in the morning and ...

Savor fall with no-bake pumpkin cheesecake

Pumpkin season is just the best. Fall has always been my favorite season, with the leaves changing and the air getting slightly colder, just enough to be able to bundle up with scarves and boots, but not enough to have snow. My husband and I recently visited California, and while I loved every ...

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 ...

City teen gets taste of life, culture of Italy

By KAMARON HILLMAN I have been a High School student in Novara, Italy, for more than two weeks now. In that time, I have biked to school every weekday, eaten gelato with friends, window shopped in the city center, and more. My host family is wonderful, and I feel quite at home here. I think ...

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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 ...

Births | VIEW ALL

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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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.

Erin Mathers and Peter Tucker

Erin Mathers and Peter Tucker, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Susan Mathers of Cassadaga. She is a graduate of Cassadaga Valley High School, and is employed by Tim Hortons in Rochester as a shift supervisor. The prospective groom is the son of Robert and Dianne ...

Michael Blake Pulci and Hilary Donielle Scott

Mr. Charles Pulci, formerly of North Road, Fredonia and his wife Leslie announce the engagement of their son Michael Blake Pulci to Hilary Donielle Scott. The bride elect Ms. Scott earned her Bachelors and Masters Degree in Accounting from the University of Missouri. Hilary is a Corporate ...

Shannon Marie Livergood and Christopher Lee Frommer

Shannon Marie Livergood and Christopher Lee Frommer, together with their families, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Steven and Sally Livergood of Depew. She is a 2008 graduate of Maryvale High School. She earned an Associate in Science at Villa Maria College in ...

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Religion news

Church of the Living Spirit This week’s speaker is Jessie Furst. She is also the Registered Medium. Church services are held every Sunday in the Assembly Hall on Cleveland Avenue in Lily Dale. Service time is 10:30 a.m. to noon and consists of a spiritual talk, a hands-on healing, a ...

Bishop Malone welcomes Apostolic Visitation

Bishop Richard Malone announced that he welcomes an Apostolic Visitation by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn. The visitation is coordinated by the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C. and will include a review of the Diocese of Buffalo. Bishop Malone has committed to cooperate fully and ...

Unitarian Universalists display flags at new meetinghouse

Leaders of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua (UUCNC) prepared to hang new flags at their new meetinghouse, following recent vandalism of rainbow peace flags at a number of locations in Fredonia. The flags represent several principles affirmed by Unitarian ...

Mayor Rosas presents Salvation Army with $7,000 grant

City of Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas presents Major Christina Ramirez of the Salvation Army a $7000 grant award to support the Salvation Army Emergency Food Pantry program. These federal grant funds are provided through the City of Dunkirk’s Community Development Block Grant program with the ...

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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 ...

Mr. Gregory Kowal and Mrs. Jenna Marie Smith

Miss Jenna Marie Smith and Mr. Gregory Kowal were united in marriage on Saturday, July 21, 2018 in an outdoor ceremony on the grounds of Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, with a reception immediately following at the Holiday Valley Lodge. The bride is the daughter of Dennis and Lauren Smith of ...

Senior News | VIEW ALL

Senior news

Collins 50 Plus Seniors Activities for the week of Oct. 13 to 19 Sunday, Oct. 13: Pickle Ball at 6:30 p.m., L.K. Painter Center gym or Collins Town Park. Monday, Oct. 14: Exercises w/Pat at 10 a.m. LKP Center gym. Tuesday, Oct. 15: A.S.A. w/ Kim at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym, small fee; ...

Sinclairville Senior Citizens celebrate October birthdays

Submitted Photo The Sinclairville Senior Citizens meet once a month in the Sinclairville firehall dining room, on the second Tuesday of each month at noon for a luncheon and a program. At the recent gathering, three of the members were recognized for their October birthdays with a special ...

Senior news

Silver Creek Seniors The Oct. 1 meeting opened on a day of record-breaking temperatures. President Ed Newman warmly welcomed back Shirley Sikorski. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with tenderness. Pauline Flitt said grace, giving thanks for this ...

AARP Driver Safety Class set for Monday, Tuesday

An AARP Driver Safety Class is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 7 and Tuesday, Oct. 8 at the Masonic Lodge, 321 E. Main St., Fredonia, from 1 to 4 p.m. both days. Attendance is required both days and the cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Anyone 18 and older with a valid NYS ...

Entertainment | VIEW ALL

Opera House to present ‘Gauguin in Tahiti — Paradise Lost’

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present “Gauguin in Tahiti — Paradise Lost,” a special cinematic exploration of the French artist’s later works, on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. as part of its Art & Architecture On Screen Series. “Gauguin in Tahiti — Paradise Lost” traces ...

Fredonia theatre department offers Steinbeck classic ‘Grapes of Wrath’

The Fredonia Department of Theatre and Dance will open the 2019-20 Walter Gloor Mainstage Series with six performances of John Steinbeck’s award-winning “The Grapes of Wrath” from October 18 to 26 in the Robert W. Marvel Theatre at the State University of New York at Fredonia. Renowned ...

Lake Shore grad to perform with Velvet Gentlemen

ANGOLA — Lake Shore Class of ’86 grad Dan Willis went on to become one of the top woodwind specialists in the world and a “go-to” musician on the New York City scene who regularly tours with big name artists. He returns to Western New York for performances with Velvet Gentlemen in ...

Met Live season kicks off with Puccini’s beloved ‘Turandot’

Live at the Met, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live, high definition (HD) opera transmissions to theaters around the world, kicks off its 2019-20 season at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m., with Giacomo Puccini’s beloved masterpiece ...

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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 ...