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John and Arlene Zanghi

Arlene and John Zanghi celebrate 70 years in marriage. were married in 1950 in Ripley and they have lived in Brocton ever since. They have three children Michael, Debby and Karen. They have five grandchildren: Denise, Dale, Brian, Krista, and Matt. They also have seven grandchildren: Kyle, ...

Weddings, births and more

The OBSERVER wants to run your engagement, wedding, birth and anniversary announcements. There is no charge for anniversary (25 years and higher), engagement, birth or wedding announcements with a black and white photograph. There is a $20 processing charge for publishing engagement, wedding ...

James and Carol Balzer

Mr and Mrs James Balzer Celebrate 60 Years of Marriage On May 3,1960 at St. Mary's Church in Dunkirk, James and Carol Balzer exchanged their wedding vows. Mrs. Balzer is the daughter of the late William and Mary Wroblewski and Mr. Balzer is the son of the late Andrew and Hattie Balzer. A ...

John and Rosemary Taddio

John and Rosemary Taddio celebrate 50 "interesting" years of marriage on April 11. John and Rosemary would like to say thank you to all their friends and family for the love over the years.

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Community notebook

Barmore guest on City Speaks Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore is this week’s guest on City Speaks. Barmore will be providing an update on the services of the county’s Departments of Motor Vehicles. Watch City Speaks daily on Dunkirk Access, Spectrum 1301 at 3 and 10 p.m. or anytime ...

Come to the Table for CASA goes virtual

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Chautauqua County announces its 12th Annual Come to the Table 2020-Reimagined fundraiser to be held on Thursday, July 23 on the Facebook event page, 12th Annual Come to the Table 2020-Reimagined! Bidding opens at 8 a.m. and ends at 8 p.m. Guests will ...

Community notebook

Church changes streaming of service to YouTube SILVER CREEK — First United Presbyterian Church of Silver Creek is no longer live streaming on Facebook, but is now streaming its Sunday service at 10 a.m. on YouTube at the following link: ...

Biliteracy program makes strides in Westfield

WESTFIELD — In the 2019-20 school year, Westfield Academy and Central School began offering the New York state Seal of Biliteracy to eligible students. This seal is formal recognition of students who have studied and attained a high level of proficiency in two or more languages (English plus ...

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Brocton Central School: Valedictorian, salutatorian

BROCTON — Jadniel Varela is valedictorian of the Brocton Central School Class of 2020. Gregory Lapp is the class salutatorian. Jadniel is the son of Glory and Hector Aponte. He has been on the High Honor Roll throughout his high school career. He is a past member of the Junior National ...

Revitalize planting seeds of hope in city

Most of the community knows that Dunkirk’s brightly colored, downtown hanging flowers are a project initiated by Revitalize Dunkirk and paid for by hundreds of generous donors through the fundraising efforts of its Beautification Committee. Few may realize that the committee’s 20 active ...

NATURAL SETTING IN OUR BACK YARD

With our region slowly reopening, Western New Yorkers are hungry to get outside. For those who are searching for the serenity of a spectacular forest off the beaten path, where they can practice social distancing and enjoy nature, what better place is there than the College Lodge Forest near ...

Pine Valley Central School: Valedictorian, salutatorian

SOUTH DAYTON — Pine Valley Central School is proud to announce this year’s valedictorian is Jared Nobles and the salutatorian is Delanie Tunstall. Jared is the son of Tim and Teresa Nobles of South Dayton. His current extracurricular involvement includes the National Honor Society, ...

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Schrader named Fredonia class of 2020 valedictorian, Gullo named salutatorian

Alec Schrader is valedictorian of Fredonia High School’s Class of 2020. Alec is the son of Philip and Karen Schrader and has two brothers, Seth and Gabe Schrader. Throughout high school, Alec has challenged himself by taking eight of the nine Advanced Placement courses offered at Fredonia, ...

CLCS grad earns doctor of osteopathic medicine

Dr. Jed Walsh graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree in May. Walsh was vice president of the Class of 2020 and a member of the Student Doctor of the Year selection committee. Walsh earned a bachelor of science degree in ...

Mayville native receives Doctor of Pharmacy degree

ERIE, Pa. — Ashley Diane Crandall of Mayville has received a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and will enter a PGY1 residency with LECOM Health Millcreek Community Hospital in Erie. In 2020, the LECOM School of Pharmacy, with campuses ...

Westfield announces valedictorian, salutatorian

WESTFIELD — Katie Joy Bodenmiller, daughter of Thayne and Louella Bodenmiller, is the 2020 Westfield Academy and Central School valedictorian. Katie said she has grown up in a very loving, but driven, home. She has been a WDOE Player of the Day and Player of the Week for soccer, as well as ...

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Birth: Radnor Elias Manzella

Radnor Elias Manzella was born Monday, March 23 at St. Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the son of Elias and Amanda (Wojcinski) Manzella of Nashville. Happy Grandparents are John and Kim Wojcinski of Kenmore and Tom and Deanne Manzella of Westfield. Surviving ...

Birth — June 2

HASSON — To Jeremy and Bethany Hasson of Busti, N.Y., in UPMC Chautauqua, Jamestown, N.Y., on June 2, 2020, a daughter, Isabella Marie Hasson. Grandparents are Alan and Kim Hasson of Busti, N.Y., and Steven and Amy Calarco of Jamestown, N.Y. Great-grandparents are Eugene and Joyce Wilson of ...

Blake Paul Kenneth Gilbert-Coleman

Blake Paul Kenneth Gilbert-Coleman was born on Dec. 30, 2019 in UPMC-Chautauqua in Jamestown to Nigeria Josee Emma Coleman of Dunkirk and Robert Gerald Gilbert of Jamestown.

James Connor Buesink

A boy, James Connor Buesink, was born at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo on April 1, 2020 to Kelly Imhoff and James Buesink of Fredonia.

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Engagement: Kevin Fischer and Roxy Crowell

Kevin Fischer and Roxy Crowell of Fredonia proudly announce their engagement. Kevin is the son of Kerry Fischer of Cheektowaga and the late Michael Fischer. Roxy is the daughter of Betty Crowell of Brocton and her chosen father the late Dale White. A 2021 wedding is planned, with ...

Bradley Westling and Aleyna Szot

Ronald A. Szot and Cynthia Webb-Szot, both of Dunkirk, are proud to announcement the engagement of their daughter, Aleyna Marie, to Mr. Bradley Bo Westling. Bo is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Westling of Dunkirk. Aleyna, completing graduate studies in mental health counseling at Medaille ...

Nichole Morgan and John Kuznicki

Michael and Jeanne Palmer of Knoxville, Tenn. and Randy Couchman of Atlanta, Ga., announce the engagement of their daughter, Nichole (Couchman) Morgan to John Kuznicki Jr., the son of John Kuznicki Sr. of Fernley, Nev., and the late Brenda Timmerman. Miss Morgan is a 2003 graduate of Fredonia ...

Weddings, births and more

The OBSERVER wants to run your engagement, wedding, birth and anniversary announcements. There is no charge for anniversary (25 years and higher), engagement, birth or wedding announcements with a black and white photograph. There is a $20 processing charge for publishing engagement, wedding ...

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Church services

If your church is holding in-person or on-line services, let the OBSERVER know and we will run it free of charge. Please email gbacon@observertoday.com with the information. Blessed Mary Angela Parish In-person Masses are Saturday at 4 p.m. at the St. Hyacinth Church, 7:30 a.m. at ...

Blessed Mary Angela announces Masses, fundraisers

Blessed Mary Angela Parish announced its weekend Masses will continue on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the St. Hyacinth Church, 7 a.m. at St. Hyacinth’s, 8:30 a.m. at St. Hedwig’s and 10 a.m. at St. Hyacinth. Seating is limited to 100 parishioners at each Mass and Father Trella stated he will add ...

Central Christian Academy holds kindergarten graduation

On Friday June 12, Central Christian Academy honored their Kindergarten class of 2020. Due to the pandemic restrictions, students were brought in individually with parents and grandparents. Temperatures were taken at the door and those entering the building were asked to wear a mask. Parents ...

Church services

If your church is holding in-person or on-line services, let the OBSERVER know and we will run them. Please email gbacon@observertoday.com with the information. Blessed Mary Angela Parish In-person Masses are Saturday at 4 p.m. at the St. Hyacinth Church, 7:30 a.m. at St. Hyacinth’s, 8:30 ...

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Weddings, births and more

The OBSERVER wants to run your engagement, wedding, birth and anniversary announcements. There is no charge for anniversary (25 years and higher), engagement, birth or wedding announcements with a black and white photograph. There is a $20 processing charge for publishing engagement, wedding ...

Mr. and Mrs. Noah Allen Cosme

Noah Allen Cosme and Raven Skylar Chandler of Franklinton, North Carolina together with Mrs. Debbie Rodriguez of South Dayton are pleased to announce their marriage. The couple exchanged vows on Dec. 11, 2019 in North Carolina. The former Ms. Chandler is the daughter of the late Dewey and ...

Gianni and Kristine (Beatty) Martinez

Kristine Elizabeth Beatty and Gianni Alfredo Martinez were married on Friday, March 20, 2020 in a small wedding ceremony at the Davidson, NC, home of her mother and stepfather, Janie and Mark Hurley. Escorted by her father, Edward H. Beatty, the bride wore an Enchanting sleeveless and tulle ...

Mr. and Mrs. Alissa and Benjamin Crane

Alissa Odrzywolski and Benjamin Crane exchanged wedding vows on Oct. 19, 2019, at Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church. Father Dennis Mende performed the ceremony. Music was provided by Donna Gatz, organist; Alex Scalise, vocalist; and Cody Hiller, violinist. Readers were Stephen ...

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Senior news

Collins Center Seniors Refund checks have been sent to passengers asking for a refund for the Fireworks in New York trip from July 3-6. The trip has been postponed until 2021. Refund checks have also been sent to passengers for Rhode Island Adventure from July 13 to July 16. Vouchers ...

Grape Belt Seniors cancel summer picnic, Cleveland trip events axed

The Grape Belt Seniors will not hold its regularly scheduled summer picnic in 2020 while the July 15 Day in Cleveland trip is also canceled. The group’s Pacific Northwest trip has been rescheduled to Sept. 13-20, 2021. Trips as current scheduled in 2020 include: ¯ Aug. 30 to see the ...

Grape Belt Seniors

No Aerobics and Weights or activities at the Center until further notice. All trips, extended as well as day trips, are open to the public; members and non-members. Trips are First Paid - First Reserved! Fliers are available for 2020 Day Trips: Update: The April 17 trip - “Memories” ...

Senior news

Collins 50 Plus Seniors All Collins 50 Plus Senior Programs are closed until further notice. Dunkirk Senior Center The Dunkirk Senior Center, located at 45 Cliffstar Court, will be open on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon so that seniors can pick up books, puzzles and magazines. Grape Belt ...

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Navy musician participates in exchange

Musician 1st Class Vincent Moody, a State University of New York at Fredonia and Fredonia School of Music alumnus, will be participating in an online music exchange with Fredonia School of Music on July 1 and 2. Moody has served in the Navy for 16 years and is currently serving in Japan with ...

Fredonia graduate creates streaming version of classic-style variety show

With the coronavirus pandemic bringing live, in-person events to a halt, performers across the world have gotten creative in an effort to connect with audiences. Jason Ostrowski, a 1998 graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia, has met the challenge by creating a monthly ...

Overland Trails are now open

Chautauqua County’s Overland Trails are open. The Overland Trails, composed of the Earl Cardot Eastside Overland Trail and the Fred J. Cusimano Westside Overland Trail, are the County’s largest hiking trail system. Spanning more than 40 miles in total, the trails include forests, hills ...

Joseph Earl Thomas wins third annual Chautauqua Janus prize

Chautauqua Institution is delighted to announce “Reality Marble” by Joseph Earl Thomas as the 2020 winner of the Chautauqua Janus Prize. As the author selected from 16 finalists by judge Hilary Plum, Thomas receives $5,000 and will present a public lecture and reading at a celebratory ...

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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 ...