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Jeff and Janice Williams

Jeff and Janice Williams

Jeff and Janice Williams Jeff and Janice Williams of Dunkirk celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 28, 2017. They were honored at a dinner reception at Laona United Methodist Church hall. Family and friends attended from Grand Island, Syracuse, Spencerport, Lockport, the Buffalo ...

Mr. and Mrs. Sam Messina

Mr. and Mrs. Sam Messina

Mr. and Mrs. Sam Messina of Niagara Falls celebrated their 60th anniversary with a family dinner at Salvatore's Italian Gardens. They were married Nov. 16, 1957 at Plattsburgh A.F.B. Chapel, New York. Mr. Messina, a former resident of Dunkirk, is a retired Internal Revenue Service officer and a ...

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Help celebrate 70th anniversary

Come say hello on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Cassadaga Country Club as Wally and Shirley Thorp celebrate 70 years of marriage. Refreshments, no gifts.

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Judy and Anthony Marino

Anthony and Judy Marino celebrated 50th wedding anniversary. Anthony and Judy (Mangus) Marino were married Aug. 19, 1967 at St. Joseph Church, Fredonia. The couple celebrated their anniversary in Florida at Disney World for 10 days with their daughters and families: Leslie (Toby) Wille and ...

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Southwestern Region PTA President Erika Zielinski (left) speaks with NYS Executive Director Kyle McCauley-Belokopitsky Esq.

State PTA executive director inspires activism

JAMESTOWN — Among the Chautauqua, Cattarau-gus, and Allegany counties, known collectively as the Southwestern Region of the New York State Parent Teacher Association, schools and families thrive thanks in large part to the support and partnerships provided by local PTAs. At a recent ...

Club Associates installation banquet set for Jan. 27

The Northern Chautauqua County Club Associates will hold their annual installation banquet on Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Kosciuszko Polish Home, Nevins Street in Dunkirk. Cocktails begin at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Guest speaker will be the newly-elected County Executive, George ...

Senior Sweetheart Contest is underway

LAKEWOOD — Brook-dale Lakewood is pleased to announce its annual collaboration with the United Senior Council and Chautauqua County Office of the Aging to present its sixth Chautauqua County Senior Sweetheart Contest. This special county-wide contest is driven by the community to recognize ...

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Sketch of the Thomas G. Abell house from the 1851 Map of Fredonia.

From stagecoaches to funerals: Famous home evolves in Fredonia

By DOUGLAS H. SHEPARD Special to the OBSERVER An OBSERVER story of Dec. 17, 2017 featured Mark Twain’s sister, who lived on Central Avenue in Fredonia. The home of Charles Webster, Mark Twain’s nephew-in-law, was also discussed and shown in that article. There is even more to the ...

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Do you remember?

Submitted Photo This picture was in the OBSERVER’S April 15, 1966 issue commemorating the open house of the new Dunkirk High School. The caption read: Mrs. Jeanne Lamberson, cadet teacher from Fredonia State University College, checks senior Beth Schafer’s composition work in Robert ...

Holy Trinity’s newest sign spreads warmth in the winter.

What’s so funny?

Local Catholics display sense of humor By DIANE R. CHODAN OBSERVER Lifestyles Contributor For about a year and a half, the changing slogans on Holy Trinity Church’s outdoor sign board have provided humor as well as provoked thought. Located in front of the church at 1032 Central Ave. in ...

Just between us

...On Nov. 25, 2017, Lt. Nicholas and Elizabeth Caccamise of San Onofre, California welcomed a son, Jack Douglas, to their family. His siblings, Parker, Amelia and Waylon were thrilled. Jack is the grandson of Doug and Peggy Prince of Silver Creek and Dave and Andrea Caccamise of Forestville. ...

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Freshman Academy Stunning Students

Submitted Photo The Lake Shore Freshman Academy is proud to announce its Stunning Students for the month of December. These students were selected by their Academy teachers for displaying the six “Cs” of the Academy: compassion, character, consistency, cooperation, critical thinking, and ...

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School Three December Students of the Month

Submitted Photo The following Dunkirk School Three students were selected by their teachers as December Students of the Month. These students showed academic achievement along with Caring and Compassion for others in their school. Row one: Anthony Lamoreaux, Asriell Rodriguez, Alondra ...

SUNY Fredonia names December 2017 graduation candidates

Fredonia President Virginia S. Horvath announced the following students who are December 2017 candidates for degrees. The students, their hometowns and degrees are as follows: Cattaraugus County Allegany: Dominic J. Saglimben, Bachelor of Science, Computer Information Systems; Great ...

Dean’s List honors announced for Alfred State

ALFRED — Dr. Kristin Poppo, provost at Alfred State, has announced the dean’s list of academically impressive students for fall 2017. To be listed, students must have completed at least 12 credit hours for the semester and earned a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) out of a possible 4.0. For ...

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Births

Brooks Memorial Hospital A daughter, Sophie Jane, was born Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 to Edward “Ted” Brian and Jane Ellen (Villella) Sharon of Brocton. A daughter, Lydia Joy, was born Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 to Alax James and Amy Lynne (Lincoln) McMahon of Dunkirk. A son, Luciano ...

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Brooks Memorial Hospital A daughter, Scarlett Marie Sepulveda, was born Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 to Rebecca Humbert and Jose Sepulveda of Dunkirk. A son, Keagen Jeremy Turner, was born Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 to Amanda (Long) Zahm and Matthew Turner of Fredonia. A son, KashousKyri Santiago, ...

Jakob Lester Lawson

A Celebration of Life for Jakob Lester Lawson of Katy, Texas, formerly of Cassadaga, will be held Monday, Nov. 13, from 5-7 p.m., at the Cassadaga American Legion. The son of Karl and Sally Weatherford Lawson of Cassadaga; father of Brock Lawson; brother of Matthew (Jennifer) Lawson; ...

Births

Brooks Memorial Hospital A daughter, Adelynn Mae, was born Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 to Chelsey Boardman of Stockton. A daughter, Isabelle Lucy, was born Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 to John and Ashley (Barna) Raynor of Mayville. A daughter, Katalina Gracen, was born Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 to ...

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Rebecca Lawrence and Nicolas Rainbow

Rebecca Lawrence and Nicolas Rainbow, together with their families, happily announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Dan Lawrence of Fredonia and Sheila Lawrence of Brocton. She is a 2009 graduate of Fredonia High School and a 2013 graduate of Mercyhurst University. The ...

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Eliza Czolowski and Christopher Whiting

Eliza Czolowski and Christopher Whiting, together with their families, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Adam and Barbara Czolowski of Purling, New York, formerly of Dunkirk. The prospective groom is the son of Kenneth and Anne Whiting of ...

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Jessica Putcher and Scot Laurie

Scot Laurie and Jessica Putcher, together with their families, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Glenn and Julie Putcher of Brocton. She plans to graduate from Fredonia State with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. The prospective groom is the ...

Shawna Raymond and Austin Alonge

Shawna Raymond and Austin Alonge

John and Sally Raymond of Frewsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Shawna Ann to Austin Gregory Alonge, son of Andrew and Michaelle Alonge of Westfield. The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of Larry and Martha Armstrong and the late Anthony and Caroline Raymond, all of Falconer. ...

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View ‘The Resurrection of Gavin Stone’ for free

Pillar of Fire Fellowship is inviting the community to a free screening of "The Resurrection of Gavin Stone" on Friday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. The movie is a 2017 comedy about faith and forgiveness, telling the story of Gavin Stone, a washed-up former child star forced to do community service at a ...

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Art Start helps community members create beautiful works of art.

Art Start begins new year with new classes

Art Start invites local community members to get creative with free art classes. Returning for the winter session are community favorites in watercolor, decorative acrylic, knitting and card making. Capitalizing on the popularity of the Introduction to Lettering held in the fall, a new ...

Soup-er Bowl Fundraiser to benefit the Springville Community Kitchen

SPRINGVILLE — Over the last several years, the Trading Post Community Care Center has seen a rise in the number of families, especially seniors and working families needing help with food, clothing, housing, and other basic needs. The organization consistently serves over 5,000 hot meals ...

Religion news briefs

Ripley United Methodist Church The Ripley United Methodist Church is hosting an All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast today from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Pancakes, sausage, bacon, made-to-order eggs and omelets, home fries, biscuits and sausage gravy, Orange juice and coffee. Cost is $7 for all you can eat. ...

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Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey R. Passafaro

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey R. Passafaro

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey R. Passafaro Jessica L. Wheeler and Jeffrey R. Passafaro were united in marriage on Oct. 21, 2017 at St. Louis Roman Catholic Church in Buffalo. The wedding was officiated by the Rev. Father Daniel Walsh. The bride is the daughter of George and Susan Wheeler of Dunkirk. ...

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Sutton

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Sutton

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Sutton Jessica Poweski and Jeffrey Sutton were united in marriage on April 22, 2017 at 2 p.m. in a Catholic ceremony held at St. Louis Church in Buffalo. The bride is the daughter of Patrick and Wendy Poweski of Dunkirk. The groom is the son of Karen and the late Harry ...

Mr. and Mrs. Christopher McDonald

Mr. and Mrs. Christopher McDonald

Katelin Elizabeth Adamczak and Christopher Michael McDonald were united in marriage in a double ring ceremony Aug. 12, 2017 at 2 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Dunkirk. The ceremony was officiated by Reverend Helen Sam and Reverend Yvonne Fancher of St. John the Baptist ...

Mr. and Mrs. Kristopher Cerrie

Mr. and Mrs. Kristopher Cerrie

Jill Marie Kubasik and Kristopher Michael Cerrie of Dunkirk were united in marriage on June 10, 2017 at the Red House in Cassadaga. To keep up with the rustic atmosphere of the venue, the couple chose a theme of burlap, lace and mason jars for their double ring ceremony and reception. Friend ...

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Meals on Wheels

January hot noon meal 22 Italian lasagna, spinach, garlic roll, grape juice, pudding 23 Turkey w/gravy, stuffing, winter squash, fruit punch, apple sauce, cranberry sauce 24 Salisbury steak w/gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, bread, cookie 25 Goulash, carrots, biscuit, tropical ...

Senior News

Mt. Carmel Seniors Social Club On a cold January day, 23 members and guests met in the Mt. Carmel Hall Gathering Room. Club President Carm Tampio led the group in a Pledge to the Flag and then conducted a brief business meeting. Positive discussions evolved pertaining to the club’s ...

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Celebrating 100 years

Heritage residents and staff at The Homestead in Gerry celebrated the 100th birthday of resident Elsie Lowell recently. A Heritage resident for 24 years, she feels blessed to celebrate such a special birthday and loved having everyone there to enjoy the day with her.

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Pictured at the Dunkirk Adult Day Care Center Christmas party are Roberto Denoya, Santa and Olga Velazquez.

Adult day care celebrates with Santa

Dunkirk Adult Day Care Center celebrated Christmas on Dec. 15. The participants had a surprise visit from Santa Claus himself. Happy Grams, which is Chautauqua Adult Day Services very own choir from the Taft Center in Jamestown, performed Christmas music. Everyone sang along and also enjoyed ...

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CHPC staff are readying their costumes for the upcoming “A Night in Wonderland Gala” to be held on Feb. 10 at Chautauqua Suites in Mayville.

Hospice to hold ‘A Night in Wonderland Gala’ Feb. 10

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care invites the community to join them for, “A Night in Wonderland,” a gala fundraiser to be held on Saturday, Feb. 10 at Chautauqua Suites Hotel and Conference Center at 215 W. Lake Road, Mayville. The gala’s theme is based on the popular ...

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“Thinking of Ensor and my Cat Diego” is a work by artist Enrique Chagoya. An exhibition of Chagoya’s works titled “Aliens Sans Frontieres” opens Jan. 19 in the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery at the State University of New York at Fredonia.

Fredonia art gallery to host works by noted ‘cultural historian’

Thinking of Ensor By melding the roles of artist and cultural historian, Enrique Chagoya has made a name for himself as he creates alternative interpretations of current events. Chagoya turns his attention to current socio-political events for the first exhibition of 2018 in the Cathy and ...

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The Saakumu Dance Troupe, a leading traditional/contemporary dance and music group in Ghana, West Africa, will perform on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m., in Rosch Recital Hall at the State University of New York at Fredonia.

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The Saakumu Dance Troupe, a leading traditional/contemporary dance and music group in Ghana, West Africa, will give a public performance on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m., in Rosch Recital Hall at the State University of New York at Fredonia. Repertoire of the group, led by Bernard Woma, master ...

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“Murder on the Orient Express.” It will be screened on Saturday, Jan. 13, and Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Opera House Cinema Series

Thrilling mystery

The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is “Murder on the Orient Express.” It will be screened on Saturday, Jan. 13, and Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 7:30 p.m. What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and ...

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Local talent

JAMESTOWN — The Prendergast Library will hold a film festival on Feb. 9, featuring short films submitted by members of the community. Participants can visit the Makerspace throughout the month of January to work on their film with free equipment and assistance. Films must not exceed five ...

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Legendary WKBW-TV Eyewitness News anchor Irv Weinstein has passed away. WBBZ-TV joins everyone in the area in remembering this iconic broadcaster and supporter of Western New York.

Remembering a great

CLARENCE — Phil Arno, owner of WBBZ-TV and the entire Hometown MeTV Station team extends their sympathies to the family of Irv Weinstein, his friends, and legions of fans on his passing. The 87-year-old former anchor of Channel 7’s “Eyewitness News” was iconic in Buffalo as part of ...

Pucci’s holding ‘Two-Saturday Holiday Spectacular’

This Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m., the first annual “Pucci’s Two-Saturday Holiday Spectacular” will continue at Pucci’s Carpet One Furniture and Bedding in Fredonia. In appreciation of community support throughout the year, Pucci’s will host an afternoon of holiday events filled with ...

Student works selected for national film festival

Two student videos from the Film and Video Arts program within the Department of Visual Arts and New Media Department at the State University of New York at Fredonia were official selections at the 8th Student Experimental Film Festival (SEFF) held recently at Art Mission & Theater in ...