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Mr. and Mrs. Marion (Mary Lou) Pagano

Mr. and Mrs. Marion (Mary Lou) Pagano

Mr. and Mrs. Marion (Mary Lou) Pagano Marion and Mary Lou Pagano recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. Family and friends gathered at St. John Bosco Chapel at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel for a special blessing and vow renewal by the Reverend Daniel Fiebelkorn. This was followed by a ...

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Dietzen

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Dietzen

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Dietzen Larry and Susan (Eberhardt) Dietzen celebrated their 50th anniversary on May 6, 2017. Their sons and families, Michael and Cindi; Mark and Cindy and grandson Joshua hosted a surprise party for the couple at the home of Patrick and Roberta Deering home with a few ...

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Ronald and Geraldine Waite

Ronald and Geraldine Waite It’s been 60 years (June 5, 1957) since Ronald and Geraldine Waite stood upon the altar at the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Cassadaga, listening to the Rev. Robert Versen commit them to each other. Through faith, love, and a little bit of crazy, ...

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Harry and Carmen Echevarria

Harry and Carmen Echevarria Harry and Carmen Echevarria of Dunkirk celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on May 23, 2017 with a trip to Jamaica. They are the parents of Adrianna (Floripe) Padua and Lisandra Echevarria. They also have two granddaughters, Amaya and Liyana Padua. Harry and ...

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The European Water Chestnut is an invasive species that can cover a body of water so densely it chokes out other plants and animal life. Pictured, volunteers work in waders and kayaks.

Volunteers needed for Audubon Water Chestnut Pull

JAMESTOWN — Much of Audubon Community Nature Center’s 600-acre wetland preserve is covered by a series of ponds, making it dangerously vulnerable to what has become the annual arrival of the European Water Chestnut. Accidentally released into waters of the Northeast in the late 1800s, ...

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Mike Randall to visit Sinclairville Reading Program

SINCLAIRVILLE — A Summer Reading Program Kick-Off event will be presented at the Sinclairville Elementary School on Monday, June 26 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Sinclairville Free Library, Mary E. Seymour Memorial Free Library and Cassadaga Branch Library invite families for a special event to ...

Stroke/head injury support group meetings set

The Youngerman Center for Communication Disorders will be offering support group meetings for stroke and head injury survivors and family members. The group will meet twice during the Summer 2017 semester. The meetings will be held in room E 148 in Thompson Hall. The first meeting is Tuesday ...

Fredonia announces summer concert series to begin June 28

The village of Fredonia has announced its summer band concert schedule. Concerts will be held Wednesdays at the Gazebo in Barker Common from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Acts include: June 28: Rustic Ramblers; July 5: Cassadaga Area Band; July 12: Kokomo Time; July 26: New Horizons Band; Aug. 2: TPT ...

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Doll Day at #5PG 1962

Do you remember?

Submitted Photo Pictured are participants in a 1962 “Doll Day” at School 5 playground in Dunkirk.

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First United Presbyterian Church in Dunkirk has a new pastor. Rev. Rami Al Maqdasi arrived in Dunkirk via Buffalo after leaving his native Iraq. The pastor is pictured with his wife, Raya, who is holding their daughter Lisa and seven-year-old Marilyn.

A long trip from Iraq to Dunkirk

This is the story of the First United Presbyterian Church of Dunkirk’s new pastor, in his words. “I am Rami Al Maqdasi, a Christian minster from Basra city – Southern Iraq. I was born in a Christian family who are from ancient times, in the first centuries. I am married and have two ...

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At left:: United Way of Northern Chautauqua County Executive Director Deb Tederous reads “Where the Wild Things Are” to Head-Start Pre-K students. Above: Dunkirk School 3 students choose books as part of the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County’s Month of Literacy book giveaway.

UWNCC goes wild for reading

By NICOLE GUGINO OBSERVER City Editor In reading “Where the Wild Things Are” and giving books to students, the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County found children in Dunkirk are wild for reading. April marks Month of the Young Child and for several years United Way of Northern ...

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Above: This British bateau from the French and Indian War was raised from the bottom of Lake George in 1960. Below right: New York State Museum Senior Historian Aaron Noble.

State museum houses artifacts from French and Indian War

By ANDY FLYNN Special to the OBSERVER ROTTERDAM — It doesn’t look like a boat anymore, but the wooden remnants of a bateau in the cavernous New York State Museum storage facility help tell the story of Great Britain’s North American conquest during the French and Indian War. The bottom ...

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DHS students in New York State Business & Marketing Honor Society

Submitted Photo Nineteen students from Dunkirk High School were recently accepted into the NYS Business and Marketing Honor Society for 2017. Students pictured are (front row): Emily Jane Berakah, Ivonne Ortiz, Gloria Berakah, Julia Fred, Sierra Delcamp, Genielle Byczynski, Odalysha Collazo, ...

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Salutatorian Hannah Boothe and valedictorian Brandon Birner at the Honors Night and Annual Meeting of the Chautauqua County School Boards Association held in the Williams Center at the State University of New York at Fredonia.

CCSBA lauds top Silver Creek students

The valedictorian and salutatorian of the Silver Creek Central School District’s Class of 2017 were two of the region’s top students feted during the Chautauqua County School Boards Association’s Honors Night and annual meeting held Wednesday, May 17 at the Williams Center on the campus ...

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Chautauqua Lake announces its April/May Students of the Month

MAYVILLE — Students of the Month at Chautauqua Lake Central School, selected in June and honored for April and May achievements, are Emily Brown, Sara Corwin, Megan Strine, Alyssa Reynolds, Rachel Wilson and Sydney Hawkins. The recognition program honors students in grades 7 through 12 whose ...

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Forestville names top two in Class of 2017

FORESTVILLE — The Forestville Central School has announced the salutatorian and valedictorian for the Class of 2017. Trent Hartloff is the son of Duane and Janelle Hartloff. He is a senior at Forestville High School and is the Class of 2017 salutatorian. Trent is currently a member in ...

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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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Megan Lynn Butts and Craig Dorler

Megan Lynn Butts and Craig Dorler, together with their families, announce their engagement. The bride- to-be is the daughter of Randall and Valerie Butts of Fredonia. She graduated from Fredonia High School in 2008 and received an MBA from Niagara University in 2013. She is employed by ...

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Michele Christine Ebert and Marc Pappas

Michele Christine Ebert and Marc Anthony Nel Pappas, together with their families, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David (Tammy) Ebert of Stockton. She graduated from Cassadaga Valley Central School in 2006 and is a graduate of Mercyhurst College ...

Katie J. Ball, DVM and Alexander L. Rawls

Katie J. Ball, DVM and Alexander L. Rawls

Katie J. Ball, DVM and Alexander L. Rawls Katie J. Ball, DVM and Alexander L. Rawls happily announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Larry and Natalie Ball of Arkwright. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from SUNY Fredonia in 2002 and earned her Doctorate of ...

Brittany Allette and Jordan Hutchinson

Brittany Allette and Jordan Hutchinson

Brittany Allette and Jordan Hutchinson Brittany Allette and Jordan Hutchinson, together with their families, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Gary and Sally Allette of Jamestown. She graduated from Falconer High School in 2009 and attended Jamestown Community ...

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Weekly briefs — June 17

St. John’s United Church of Christ St. John’s United Church of Christ will hold a beef tips and noodles dinner today with serving 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 ...

Faces of the Reformation included those who helped

The eighth iconic individual in the Lutheran Reformation is Frederick the Wise Elector Frederick the Wise ruled in Saxon Germany and established the university at Wittenberg, where Martin Luther taught. He was a knowledgeable man who valued education and the arts, including the work of Lucas ...

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Mount Mercy Academy honors local students

BUFFALO — Mount Mercy Academy had its annual fourth quarter honors assembly last week. Students were recognized for their contributions to the music department and other school organizations. Highlighting the assembly was the announcements by the guidance department of the members of the ...

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Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Nichols

Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Nichols

Felicia M. Galardo and Robert M. Nichols were united in marriage on Oct. 15, 2016 at 2 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 328 Washington Ave., Dunkirk. The Reverend Dennis Riter was the officiant for the double ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Jeff and Connie Galardo of ...

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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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Senior News

Sinclairville Senior Citizens SINCLAIRVILLE — The Sinclairville Senior Citizens meet once a month on the second Tuesday at noon for a luncheon and program in the Sinclairville Firehall Dining room. Diman Smith is the president, with Linda Parmenter as the vice president, John Sipos as the ...

Brocton Legion Auxiliary will install officers Wednesday

BROCTON — Brocton Legion Auxiliary will hold a meeting, officer installation and summer picnic on Wednesday, June 21 at 6 p.m. at the Post, 110 W. Main St., Brocton. Members should bring a dish to pass. There will be no meetings in July or August.

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The Thule Lodge held its Memorial Service to remember those members and associates who have died in the last year. Vice Chairman Susan Washington Sipos, in the background, read the list of names, and Chaplain Diane K. Shaw placed a carnation on the altar in memory.

Swedish Thule Lodge holds memorial service

BEMUS POINT — The Thule Lodge is the Swedish organization in the area, formed nearly 110 years ago. The organization, which is a part of the international Vasa organization, was formed to help Swedish immigrants settle and find employment when they arrived in the United States. Today, the ...

SCHS Class of 1948 to celebrate 69 years

SILVER CREEK — Plans are underway for the Silver Creek High School Class of 1948 to celebrate its 69th mini reunion at the Colony Restaurant, Routes 5 and 20, Irving on Aug. 6 at 1 p.m. Classmates are invited to bring any interesting articles that can be shared with everyone. ...

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Best of the best

JAMESTOWN — The United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County (UAA) is awarding grants to artistic projects of five Chautauqua County non-profit organizations and two local artists. “It’s hard to imagine Chautauqua County without all of the wonderful cultural opportunities and talented ...

Concerts in Angola’s Centennial Park to begin

ANGOLA — The 35th year of Concerts at the Gazebo in Angola’s Centennial Park kicks off Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. with a performance featuring Crash Cadillac with vocals by Linda Giancarlo. The initial concert is sponsored by Lake Shore Federal Credit Union. Refreshments will be available. ...

Mayville announces Summer Concert Series

The Mayville/Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2017 Entertainment in the Park Summer Concert Series scheduled performances: July 6 — Jackson Rohm (solo acoustic) –Fairy Tale Farm Face Painting July 13 — Kokomo Time Band (Trop Rock/Beach Party) – ...

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“Their Finest” will be screened this Saturday and Tuesday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Fredonia Opera House. Tickets are available at the door for $7 (adults), $6.50 (seniors & Opera House members) and $5 (students) the night of each screening.

Opera House Cinema Series to screen ‘Their Finest’

The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is “Their Finest.” It will be screened this Saturday and Tuesday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m. It’s 1940, London, during the Blitz; with the country’s morale at stake, Catrin (Gemma Arterton), an untried screenwriter, and a makeshift ...

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Construction of Amphitheater moves All-County to SUNY Fredonia

Every spring since 1949 (with a notable exception of 1978), the Chautauqua Institution has come alive with sights and sounds of nearly 1000 music students from around Chautauqua County who assemble for the Chautauqua County Music Teachers Association’s annual Spring All-County Concert. Due to ...

Fredonia Wind Ensemble to showcase acclaimed artists at April 22 concert

Three international artists - Gail Williams, retired associate principal horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Dan Perantoni, tubist with Summit Brass and a legendary artist; and noted composer Jim Stephenson — will be in the spotlight when the State University of New York at Fredonia hosts ...

Submitted Photo: Pictured is the cast of “Shrek the Musical, Jr.”

A singing ogre

Pine Valley High School will present “Shrek the Musical Jr.” today and Saturday at 7 p.m. “Shrek The Musical Jr.” follows an ogre named Shrek (John Lombaro) who has learned the hard way that “people hate the things they cannot understand.” For many years, he has protected himself ...

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 ...