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Mr. and Mrs. Michael Brooks

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Brooks

Michael and Deborah Brooks of Fredonia celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Sept. 18. They celebrated with an intimate dinner for two at The Colony Restaurant in Irving. Their children, Michael (Breanne) Brooks and Stacey (Matt) Gorka surprised them by having the waitress tell them ...

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Anderson

Mr. and Mrs. Richard AndersonRichard and Jean Anderson of Mayville celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Aug. 28, 2016, with a family dinner. The celebration was hosted by their family. They are the parents of Rick and Cindy Anderson of Mayville; Bob and Donna Anderson of Amherst; Don ...

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Rev. and Mrs. Harland J. WestRev. and Mrs. Harland J. (T. Sue) West are celebrating their 67th wedding anniversary with the same enthusiastic commitment as their wedding day at Wesley Methodist Church in Rochester, N.Y.Family planned activities for the occasion on Aug. 27.They are the parents ...

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Allen and Carol (Johnson) Lachut of El Dorado celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 2, with their children, grandchildren and other relatives on beautiful Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs National Park. The weekend included boating, swimming, and an anniversary dinner and fireworks over ...

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WMH Auxiliary annual membership drive kicks off

WESTFIELD — As the New Year begins, the Westfield Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is embarking on its 2017 Membership Drive, hoping for great success. The Auxiliary’s mission is to promote the interests of the hospital through advocacy, volunteer activities, fundraising and community ...

Youth Symphony receives Community Foundation Grant

JAMESTOWN — The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony has received a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation for a spring enrichment experience for its musicians. The grant will help cover the expenses for a trip to hear the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra perform “Star Wars ...

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Wayne, Elaine and Laurel (seated) Hotelling received the 2015 George B. Weaver Jr. Footprints Award.

NCCF looking for Footprints Award nominations

The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation is currently accepting nominations for the George B. Weaver Jr. Footprints Award. NCCF is looking for submissions that exemplify its mission of enhancing northern Chautauqua County. Take a moment to nominate someone you know, an individual, family or ...

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New owner of Curves sees spike in fitness participation

By GIB SNYDER OBSERVER Lifestyles Editor There has been a change in the women-only fitness facility at the  D&F Plaza located in the city of Dunkirk. Mia Bamonto is the new owner of Curves and is excited about the opportunity. She was asked why she bought the Dunkirk Curves. “I ...

Let’s dance!

Ah, January — the month that tests New Year’s resolutions, the month that delivers such a let-down from the holiday hustle and bustle and good cheer, the month that brings snowy roads and cold temperatures. Yes, it’s January and time to get out, get some exercise, make new friends, and ...

Simple ways to prevent exercise injuries

Special to the OBSERVER A desire to live a healthy, active life compels many people to include exercise in their daily routines. Numerous studies have shown that regular workouts that include a combination of strength training and cardiovascular exercise can make bodies less susceptible to ...

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Brandon Powell, a member of Boy Scout Troop 267, recently received the rank of Eagle Scout. Powell built the bench pictured and eight others as part of his Eagle Project. Camp Gross in Cassadaga is home to the benches.

Fredonia Troop 67 has another Eagle Scout

On Sunday, Jan. 8, members of Troop 267 along with members of the community gathered to celebrate Brandon Powell as he received his rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. Among attendees were Assemblyman Andy Goodell, Jacqueline Phelps for Congressman Tom Reed, Fredonia Trustee ...

Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club honors its Scholars of the Month

WESTFIELD — At the Jan. 17 meeting of the Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville Kendralyn Matonic of Brocton Central School, Emily Brown of Chautauqua Lake Central School, and Alaina Cockram of Westfield Academy and Central School were given recognition as “Scholars of the Month.” These ...

Just between us

...Kyle Cataldo, son of Jennifer Cataldo in North Collins, has been named to the Fall 2016 Dean’s List at St. John Fisher College in Rochester. Cataldo, a senior, is a media management and digital cultures/technologies double major. To be eligible for the Dean’s List at St. John Fisher ...

Ready to save lives: Practical nursing candidates graduate

CASSADAGA — The Erie 2 Chautauqua Cattaraugus BOCES School of Practical Nursing at the Cassadaga Job Corps Academy marked the graduation of its most recent class this past week. On Thursday, 15 students completed the intense, one-year-long training course to prepare for a career as a ...

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Births

Brooks Memorial Hospital A daughter, Savannah Ione, was born Friday, Dec. 16, 2016 to Bradley R. and Autumn (Schimek) Comstock II of Cherry Creek. A son, Gabriel Michael, was born Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 to Michael and Laura (Crino) Braxton of Dunkirk. A daughter, RyLee Eleanor ...

Births

Brooks Memorial Hospital A daughter, Breanna Grace, was born Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 to David and Melinda (Cole) Heath of Gerry. A son, Benjamin Michael, was born Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 to Jesse and Carrie (Strong) Schafer of Stockton. A son, Landon Joseph Kalfas, was born Saturday, Nov. ...

Births

Brooks Memorial Hospital A son, Sullivan Arthur, was born Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 to Brian P. and Hannah B. (Anderson) Hayes of Frewsburg. A daughter, Avery Vella McKotch was born Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 to Shaniece Neal and Andrew McKotch of Jamestown. A son, Shawn Jr., was born ...

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Olivia Resch and Cody Kyser

Olivia Resch and Cody Kyser Olivia Resch and Cody Kyser, together with their families, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Frank and Laura Resch of Toronto, Canada. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Mercyhurst University. She is employed by ...

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Paige L. Burnett and Patrick D. Oyer

Paige L. Burnett and Patrick D. Oyer, together with their families, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Aaron and Kathy Burnett of Stockton and Theresa Enix of Sinclairville. She is a graduate of Maple Grove High School and is employed by the Stockton Hotel in ...

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Alicia Valentine and Ryan Singer

Alicia Valentine and Ryan Singer Alicia Valentine and Ryan Singer, together with their families, announce their ...

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Kristi Lynn Bentley and Andrew D. Sanderson

Kristi Lynn Bentley and Andrew Douglas Sanderson, together with their families, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Robert and Sheila Bentley of Ripley. She graduated from SUNY Cortland with a bachelor of science degree in early childhood education and SUNY Fredonia ...

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Religion Briefs

Church of the Living Spirit On Sunday, Gail Heil will speak at the Church of the Living Spirit. Services, beginning at 10:30 a.m. and lasting about an hour and a half, consisting of a lecture, a healing service and a message service. The public is welcome and there is no gate fee for the ...

Year-long Reformation celebration continues

The 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation is on Oct. 30, 2017. Luther’s lasting accomplishments also mounted the translation of the Bible into German (which remains a literary and biblical hallmark); the writing of the hymn “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”; and publishing his ...

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The Doane Choir will perform on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of Fredonia First United Methodist Church as part of the Hannah Hasbrouck Petersen Memorial Concert Series.

Memorial concert series presents the Doane Choir

Continuing its mission to provide the area with a broad range of musical experiences, the Hannah Hasbrouck Petersen Memorial Concert Series is proud to present a performance by the world renowned Doane Choir on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of Fredonia First United Methodist ...

Lutherans continue the year-long Reformation celebration

When one looks up the definition of “faith” in the dictionary, it should read — “See Hebrews 11:1.” This one verse from God’s Word sums up faith better than any other: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we do not see.” The second of the three ...

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Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Nalepa Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Nalepa Jr. Karen Ann Makuch and Edward James Nalepa, Jr. of Portland were united in marriage on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 at Noble Winery in Westfield. To keep with the charming atmosphere of the venue, the couple chose a classic theme of grapes and wine for their outdoor ...

Mr. and Mrs. Jake Richards

Mr. and Mrs. Jake Richards Kathryn Ann Bartkowiak and Jake Orion Richards exchanged wedding vows and rings on Oct. 15, 2016, at Kings Chapel in Arrington, Tennessee. The ceremony was officiated by Pastor Robert Wilson of Oklahoma. The pianist was Lucy Hurley of Fredonia. The bride is the ...

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Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Fortunato Pucciarelli

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Fortunato Pucciarelli Bridget Grace Murphy and Joseph Fortunato Pucciarelli exchanged wedding vows and rings on Aug. 14, 2016, at Blessed Sacrament Church in Buffalo. The Rev. Paul Bossi officiated the wedding ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Jim Murphy and Onnalee ...

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Mr. and Mrs. Daniel McCarthy

Reannon Cecelia Lauber and Daniel Todd McCarthy of Fredonia were united in marriage on Aug. 13, 2016 at the Dunkirk Lighthouse. The couple chose a Disney theme for their double ring ceremony and reception. The ceremony was officiated by Amy Scroggs. The bride is the daughter of Daryle and ...

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Spaghetti dinner in honor of Carol Kozlowski planned for Feb. 19

A spaghetti dinner in honor of the late Carol Kozlowski will be held Sunday, Feb. 19 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Dunkirk Senior Center, 45 Cliffstar Court, Dunkirk. Doors open at 11:15 a.m., with dinner served at noon. The cost is $8 per member. The menu will feature spaghetti and meatballs, ...

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Lake Shore Seniors The Lake Shore Seniors met at the Dunkirk Senior Center on Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. President Stella Michalak opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of “God Bless America.” Secretary Josephine Wierczynski read a poem before the minutes of the last ...

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Silver Creek Senior Citizens The Silver Creek Seniors met on Tuesday, Jan. 10 with 19 members present. After Chaplain Dorothy Miniri offered a prayer, the group said the Pledge to the Flag and sang “God Bless America.”  Several varieties of sandwiches and ice cream were enjoyed, ...

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WBBZ-TV to announce WNY program

Phil Arno, owner of WBBZ-TV announces that Your Hometown MeTV Station is about to bring Western New York a program totally unique in the history of local, live Buffalo broadcasting. After months of preparation, and the involvement of some of the most recognized personalities in our hometown, ...

The Reverend Sean Duggan will perform J.S. Bach for solo piano at the first installment of the new Fredonia Constellation Concerts series on Friday at 8 p.m.

Fredonia Constellation Concerts series begins Friday

The Fredonia School of Music launches a new performance initiative, Fredonia Constellation Concerts: Aligning Fredonia’s Brightest Stars, on Friday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. in Rosch Recital Hall. Developed especially for prospective students and their families, the concerts take place the night ...

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The Opera House will Screen “Manchester by the Sea” on Jan. 28 and 31.

Opera House Cinema Series to screen ‘Manchester by the Sea’

The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is the widely acclaimed “Manchester by the Sea.”   It will be screened on Saturday, Jan. 28, and Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 7:30 p.m. “Manchester by the Sea” currently is receiving Oscar buzz as the front-runner for the Best Picture ...

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Artist Sharbani Das Gupta works on “Fool’s Gold” at her studio in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The piece will be featured in the “Sharbani Das Gupta: Out of Step” exhibition, which opens Jan. 27 in the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery at the State University of New York at Fredonia.

Socio-environmental-themed exhibition opens Friday at college art gallery

An exhibition featuring works that address socio-environmental issues will open Jan. 27 in the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery at the State University of New York at Fredonia. “Sharbani Das Gupta: Out of Step,” features five ceramic and mixed media installations by the New Mexico-based ...

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‘Swingers’ to be shown Wednesday

JAMESTOWN - The 1996 comedy "Swingers" will be shown Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Reg Lenna Center for The Arts. Admission is $5.When the lovesick Mike can't seem to shake a relationship rut, his smooth, fast talking buddy Trent decides he'll do whatever it takes to show Mike a good time. Whether ...

Lisa Brigantino to perform at Cool Little Music Shop Thursday

Award-winning singer-songwriter/composer/multi-instrumentalist and SUNY Fredonia alum Lisa Brigantino will give an in-store performance at Rik Napoli's Cool Little Music Shop on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. Joining her on guitar for a few songs will be her husband, Thomas Millioto, also a ...

‘Royal Blood’ published by Dunkirk-born author

Dunkirk-born Bruce Woods, now a resident of Anchorage, Alaska, announces the publication of his novel "Royal Blood," first installment in the "Hearts of Darkness" series. Paperbacks and eBooks can be ordered from Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

Made in China exhibition opens Tuesday

JAMESTOWN - Made in China, featuring photographs by Monika Garami, Brian Ulrich, and Youbing Zhan, will be displayed in Weeks Gallery on Jamestown Community College's Jamestown Campus Nov. 1 through Dec. 9.An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 10 during which the artists ...