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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 ...

Anniversary

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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Fundraiser and awareness event set

Submitted Photo Join Starflight at its second annual fund-raising and awareness event. The fundraiser will be held at The Chautauqua Suites, 215 W. Lake Road, Mayville on Saturday, June 3 beginning at 6 p.m. Guests will be treated to musical entertainment by Jamestown Harmony Express, the ...

Post 1017 Auxiliary meets and sets plans

The John T. Murray Post 1017 Auxiliary recently held its monthly meeting. An informal meeting was held. A discussion on the pork dinner to be held Wednesday, March 29 was held. The dinner includes salad, pork, mashed potatoes, vegetables, bread and dessert. Veterans’ donation is $4.50 and ...

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Member of the Chautauqua County Genealogical Society Andrew Martin Kolstee was the speaker on “DNA for Genealogy” at the Barker Library in Fredonia.

Chautauqua County Genealogical Society holds year’s first meeting

The Chautauqua County Genealogical Society met recently in the Fredonia Barker Library for its first meeting of the new year for 2017. The group takes a winter break, meeting from March through November of each year on the third Tuesday evening of each of those months. Walt Sedlmeyer is the ...

Trail guide training on Wednesday

JAMESTOWN — With more than 3,000 schoolchildren visiting every spring, the Audubon Community Nature Center needs volunteers with a love of nature to lead Discovery Walks with groups of students. “Our trail guides generously share their time and themselves for the important work of ...

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Learning on job

By BEVERLY KEHE-ROWLAND Special to the OBSERVER GOWANDA — The saying “if you want something done, ask a busy person to do it,” applies to Sarah Gabel of Gowanda. The pastor’s wife, home-schooling mom of five boys and entrepreneur, has a gift of making it all work. After their ...

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Tricia Kent and Ricky Laurito

Tricia Kent and Ricky Laurito, together with their families, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Chris and Jim Kent of Hanford Bay. The prospective groom is the son of MaryLou Laurito of Fredonia and Rick and Sandy Laurito, also of Fredonia. Kent graduated from ...

Nicholas D. Caccamise

Just between us

United States Marine Corps Second Lieutenant Nicholas D. Caccamise graduated from a rigorous 18 week Military Police Officers Basic Course in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He is a 2010 graduate of Forestville Central School; after high school graduation he completed Marine Corps Recruit Training ...

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Beware spring’s dangers

Spring is officially here! With the welcome change in the weather, there are some spring dangers to be aware of with our pets. Below I will discuss how to protect your pets in the upcoming months. 1. Beware of what lies beneath — As the snow is melting, things are surfacing that could pose ...

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School Five Students of the Month

Submitted Photo Dunkirk Elementary School 5 recently honored its February Students of the Month at a morning assembly. Certificates were presented to the following students by Principal David Boyda. Special recognition was given to Ethan Martin, who has honored as overall Student of the ...

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Brocton teachers select Students of the Month

BROCTON — Makayla Vacanti was selected by the Brocton High School faculty and staff as Student of the Month for March 2017. Makayla is a junior at Brocton High School and resides in Brocton. Makayla is the daughter of Chris and Jamie Vacanti. Makayla is a dedicated and hardworking honor ...

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Fredonia Rotary names Anna Gullo its student of the month

The Fredonia Rotary Student of the Month is Anna Gullo, currently a senior at Fredonia High School. She is the daughter of John and Michelle Gullo, and the oldest of five siblings. Throughout high school Anna has taken six AP courses and been in advanced programs in the math, English, ...

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Maitland Langworthy received the  Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation Thomas L. Barresi Memorial Scholarship. Pictured are Langworthy (left) and Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce staff member Dave Kleparek.

County Chamber awards Barresi Scholarship

The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation congratulates Maitland Langworthy on receiving the Thomas L. Barresi Memorial Scholarship. Maitland is the daughter of Judy and Todd Langworthy of Fredonia. A 2016 graduate of Fredonia High School, Maitland currently attends Niagara University and ...

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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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Tricia Kent and Ricky Laurito

Tricia Kent and Ricky Laurito, together with their families, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Chris and Jim Kent of Hanford Bay. The prospective groom is the son of MaryLou Laurito of Fredonia and Rick and Sandy Laurito, also of Fredonia. Kent graduated from ...

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Roxanne Brzozowski and Keith Glowniak

Roxanne Brzozowski and Keith Glowniak, together with their families, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Melissa Brzozowski of Fredonia and the late Michael Brzozowski. She attended Fredonia High School and currently is a self-employed ...

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 ...

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Nursery school holding registration Wednesday

The Fredonia Baptist Christian Nursery School is holding an Open House on Wednesday in the classroom from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The pre-school is located in the Harry E. Wheelock School on Chestnut Street in Fredonia. Parents and siblings may enter at door 6 and follow the signs to room ...

Religion briefs

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

Living the Reformation requires an ongoing effort

How well do you understand the Reformation? Would you like to live the Reformation? Since October, various tidbits of information and observations have been shared in Saturday’s edition of the OBSERVER. Hopefully, you have noted that these writings are meant to build your anticipation of the ...

Religion News Briefs

St. John’s United Church of Christ St. John’s United Church of Christ will hold a chili and cornbread dinner today from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at 733 Central Ave., Dunkirk. Parking is off Eagle Street. Call 366-0710 for reservations. Pre-sale tickets are $8.50, or tickets at the door, $9. Take ...

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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 ...

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CMHS-DHS 1968 reunion meeting Monday

The combined reunion committee for the 1968 graduating classes from Cardinal Mindszenty and Dunkirk High Schools will meet Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Rookie’s on the Lake. The reunion is scheduled to begin Friday, Aug. 3 at a site, or sites, to be determined. On Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018 ...

Pinochle scores

Share & Care Seniors Birdie’s Bidders March 16 1. Jeannie Hauser 661 2. Gene Pauszek 651 3. Don Turner 638 4. Betty Donovan 596 5. Anthony Grisanti 593 Double pinochle: Jeannie Hauser Peanuts: Mary Lou Goldberg Birdie’s Flock March 17 1. Phil Cornell ...

Senior News

Silver Creek Seniors What a wonderful turnout for the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The Sheridan Happy Seniors attended and several other guests including the talented Ji Young So, who performed on the piano. The hall was decorated with green tablecloths and center pieces. Many ...

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The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism, a unique examination art, gardens and history, on Thursday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. as part of its Art & Architecture On Screen Series. Traveling to studios, gardens and famous locations throughout the eastern U.S., U.K. and France, this mesmerizing production is a feast for the eyes.

Opera House presents ‘The Artist’s Garden’

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism, a unique examination art, gardens and history, on Thursday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. as part of its Art & Architecture On Screen Series. In addition, the Opera House has partnered with the North Shore ...

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Visiting and understanding the Red Square

Editor’s note: in May, 2016, the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Wickwire Lundquist of Fredonia had the privilege of visiting the nation of Russia. She travelled with a group organized by the Peacemaking Program of the Presbyterian Church USA. The purpose of the trip was to build stronger relationships ...

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Pictured are members of the Kokomo Time Band.

The story of the Kokomo Time Band

“A long time ago” in the year 2000, a Dunkirk resident by the name of Jim Steffan had an idea to produce a band whose image and style would visually reflect the type of musical sounds it offered. And so it was, that shortly after, the Kokomo Time Band set sail in the Chautauqua County and ...

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In the front row from left are: Kaelyn Zebraski (Rusty), Victoria Pucci-Schaefer (Ariel Moore), Jared Laurito (Ren McCormick), and Matt Zevenbergen (Willard Hewitt). In the back row are: Lydia Lanski (Wendy Jo), Matt Burr (Cowboy Bob), Anna Gullo (Vi Moore), Jackson Booth (Reverend Shaw Moore), Marcus Seastedt (Chuck Cooper), Mary Holt (Ethel McCormick), and Megan Foley (Urleen).

‘Footloose’ coming to FHS

Fredonia High School will present the musical “Footloose” on March 24, 25, 31 and April 1 starting at 7:30 p.m. each night in the District Auditorium. All tickets are $8. Reserved tickets are available at tinyurl.com/fcsdmusic or in the Fredonia High School lobby from 4 to 6 p.m. on March ...

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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.