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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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The New York State Women Inc. Chadwick Bay Chapter sets meetings

The New York State Women Inc. Chadwick Bay Chapter has announced its February and March meetings. The Feb. 21 meeting will be held at the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation meeting room. Audrey Buck will be speaking on hand rehabilitation after injury or surgery. If you are interested ...

March Care Fair to be held March 1

SINCLAIRVILLE — Join in fun, learn new ways to take better care of your health, and go home with lots of great information and goodies by visiting the faith-based initiative’s March Care Fair event on Wednesday, March 1 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Park United Methodist Church, 49 ...

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Officers for 2017 at the Polish Literary & Assembly Rooms Assn. Inc., Dom Polski were recently elected and installed. Pictured from left seated are: Joan Woods, treasurer; Laura Beehler, auditor; Lori Richardson, financial secretary; Paul Briggs, director; and Sue Kaus, auditor. Standing: Stella Michalak, Sue Byczynski, directors; Lisa Kozlowski, president; Mike Makuch, auditor; Brenda Meyers, recording secretary; Charles Gloff, Jim Meyers, Curt Wolnik, directors; and Ray Rushbolt, vice president.

Dom Polski elects officers at annual meeting

The Polish Literary & Assembly Rooms Assn. Inc., Dom Polski, recently held its annual meeting in the club rooms. President Lisa Kozlowski opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a moment of silence for the 17 members that passed away in 2016. The annual financial ...

Collins Regional Historical Society needs volunteers

COLLINS — The Collins Regional Historical Society provides a broad array of events that bring cultural enrichment to the community. These valuable services, however, take a great deal of time and effort and can only continue to survive with the generous support of those willing to donate ...

Sunday Lifestyles | VIEW ALL

Kennel cough a concern

In the past few years, our clinic has seen sporadic outbreaks of Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (better known as kennel cough). We have seen these outbreaks once to twice yearly and these outbreaks have involved anywhere from 10 to 30 pets. The protocol at our clinic when we see a ...

Off the beaten track

“We are the best kept secret in northern Chautauqua — Cattaraugus Counties,” exclaimed Brad John, Director of the Cattaraugus Community Center on Route 438 in Irving. And according to some of the members with whom I spoke in the facility’s fitness center, that’s the way the ...

First job had one ‘Horrible’ memory

Orville “Horrible Orville” Hoover was my first boss. I didn’t give him that nickname and I feel sorry today even repeating it. I preferred calling him Mister Hoover, as he was Circulation Manager at the EVENING OBSERVER back when I started “pedaling papers” in 1962. I was the late ...

DON’T FALL IN LOVE WITH SUGAR

Fancy red heart-shaped boxes of chocolates line store shelves and candy bars from Almond Joy to Zagnuts have been turned into heart shapes and packaged in red and white. Valentine’s Day is days away. You might show your love with flowers, a card, or something more creative, or you might ...

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Silver Creek Boy Scouts help Resource Center

Submitted Photo Boy Scout Troop 252 of Silver Creek recently completed an Eagle Scout project under the direction of Eagle Candidate Nick Coggins. The boys worked together to build 15 easels that will be donated to the Resource Center in Dunkirk and the Resource Center in Jamestown. This ...

A.J. Schmidt students team with Meals on Wheels

Submitted Photo ANGOLA — Kindergarten students at A.J. Schmidt Elementary wanted to spread some kindness in the community and decided to make Valentines placemats for Meals on Wheels. These placemats were then included in the Valentine’s Day meals they distribute throughout the area. ...

Westfield Middle School names students of the month

WESTFIELD — On a monthly basis, Westfield Middle School honors one student at each grade level as the Student of the Month. Teachers and staff had the opportunity to nominate one student who they believed met the following criteria: 1. Follows Westfield’s Rules of Respect for staff and ...

Chautauqua County Rural Ministry presents community service awards

Submitted Photo At its 49th annual meeting, Chautauqua County Rural Ministry presented community service awards to the above individuals, from left to right: Rob Crane and Todd Tysiac for their dedicated renovation work of the Friendly Kitchen, Dave Rowley for his outstanding work at ...

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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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Alexandra Hall and Hector Perez

Alexandra Hall and Hector Perez David and Cynthia Hall of Gerry announce the engagement of their daughter, Alexandra, to Hector Perez. The bride to be is a graduate of Cassadaga Valley Central School and Jamestown Community College. She is employed by UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital in ...

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Taylor A. Gugino and Eugene B. tenPas

Taylor A. Gugino and Eugene B. tenPas Frank and Tara Gugino of Cassadaga, announce the engagement of their daughter, Taylor, to Eugene tenPas, the son of Eugene tenPas of Kennedy, New York. he bride-to-be is a graduate of Cassadaga Valley Central School, Jamestown Community College, and ...

Sgt. Kylee E. Johnson and Sgt. Michael Gregorek

Sgt. Kylee E. Johnson and Sgt. Michael Gregorek

Sgt. Kylee E. Johnson and Sgt. Michael Gregorek Sgt. Kylee E. Johnson and Sgt. Michael Gregorek, together with their families, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Vincy Johnson-Doepp of Dunkirk, the late Mark E. Johnson, and Kenneth Doepp of Dunkirk. The ...

Roxanne A. Herrington and Michael J. Polichetti

Roxanne A. Herrington and Michael J. Polichetti

Roxanne A. Herrington and Michael J. Polichetti Frank and Mary Ann Herrington of Dunkirk are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Roxanne Adele Herrington, to Michael James Polichetti, son of Louis and Susan Polichetti of Dunkirk. The bride-to-be was salutatorian of the ...

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FFUMC to host talent showcase

Calling those who can sing, dance, play an instrument or recite poetry! Fredonia First United Methodist Church is hosting a talent showcase on Sunday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room and they want you! All solo and ensemble acts are welcome. To join the show, call 673-1513 or email ...

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CCRM’s 2017 board members announced

At its 49th annual meeting, the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry welcomed Brett Kuhlman and Ed Pagano as new board members. Lisa Muldowney agreed to serve another term on the board, and Steve Keefe and Joan Houck will remain as president and vice president, respectively, for 2017. Pictured from ...

Dealing with death’s shadow a part of life

Feb. 18 is the anniversary of Martin Luther’s death. As we are celebrating, in 2017, the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation we also note how it continues to influence us to this current day. We mark the beginning of the Reformation with Luther’s nailing 95 Theses to the ...

Religion News Briefs

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua will hold a panel discussion on Sunday to learn about the overall basic definitions and terms related to the umbrella term “transgender.” Panel members will also share ...

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Mr. and Mrs. Aaron M. Town

Mr. and Mrs. Aaron M. Town Melissa M. Rensel and Aaron M. Town exchanged marriage vows on Oct. 22, 2016 at St. James R.C. Church in Jamestown. The Reverend Daryl Duffy performed the ceremony. Music was provided by Cathy Gagliano, organist/pianist/soloist. Readers were James Rensel, uncle of ...

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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 ...

Senior News | VIEW ALL

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Pictured is Cassadaga Historian John Sipos (left) receiving two old china dishes from Historian Walter Waite, which were used at the Chautauqua County Poor Farm in Dewittville from 1921 through 1961. The Dewittville Poor Farm was an important part of county history that helped many people in need.

Sinclairville Senior Citizens hear talk on Dewittville Poor Farm

SINCLAIRVILLE — Cassadaga Village Historian John Sipos was the recent guest speaker at the Sinclairville Senior Citizens luncheon. The senior group meets once a month for a luncheon and a program in the Sinclairville Fire Hall dining room on the second Tuesday of each month at noon. Lunch ...

Senior News

Collins 50 Plus Seniors Activities for the week of Feb. 19 to 25 Sunday: Pickle ball with Lois at 6:30 p.m.. L.K. Painter Center gym. Monday: Exercises with Pat at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym. Tuesday: Active Senior Aerobics with Kim at 9 a.m., Painter Center gym; soup and sandwich ...

Senior News

Grape Belt Seniors Visit Grape Belt Seniors on FaceBook. Find information about upcoming trips and events, as well as information regarding cancellations of Catherine’s aerobics and weights classes. She will also post cancellations on her own FB page, WDOE, and Chautauqua ...

Hultquist Place holding open house

JAMESTOWN — The Hultquist Place Assisted Living Program on the Lutheran Campus in Jamestown is hosting an open house on Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. Attendees will receive a brief education session highlighting the requirements for admission and the benefits of living at Hultquist ...

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Opera House will present ‘I, Claude Monet’

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present “I, Claude Monet,” a unique production that combines history and art, on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. as part of its Art & Architecture On Screen Series. This production, captured live in high definition, provides a fresh new look at arguably the ...

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The magician Alcandre (Christine Boehm), top, keeps a watchful eye on Elicia (Stevie Jackson), left, and Melibea (Melita Kingston) in a scene from the Department of Theatre and Dance production of “The Illusion.” The Walter Gloor Mainstage Series event opens Feb. 24 in Bartlett Theatre at the State University of New York at Fredonia.

SUNY Fredonia presents work from playwright Tony Kushner

The beauty of language, the art of humor and a touch of mystery come together for the next offering in the Walter Gloor Mainstage Series at the State University of New York at Fredonia. The Fredonia Department of Theatre and Dance presents six performances of “The Illusion” by Tony ...

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“Hidden Figures” will be shown Saturday and Tuesday nights at the Fredonia Opera House.

The brains of NASA

The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is “Hidden Figures,” starring Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monae. It will be screened on Saturday, Feb. 18, and Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. Nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best ...

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The legacy of Carl V. Mazzio will be honored by Fredonia music students, faculty, and friends at a tribute concert on Sunday, Feb. 19.

Happening on campus

The SUNY Fredonia Bands, Trombone Choir, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia will honor the legacy of Carl V. Mazzio in a tribute concert on Sunday, February 19 at 4pm in King Concert Hall. The program will feature Carl’s favorite wind compositions including the Organ Symphony by Saint-Sains, Colonial ...

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Opera House will present ‘I, Claude Monet’

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present “I, Claude Monet,” a unique production that combines history and art, on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. as part of its Art & Architecture On Screen Series. This production, captured live in high definition, provides a fresh new look at arguably the ...

‘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.