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Robert and Betty Jean Tripp

The family of Robert and Betty Jean (Guest) Tripp are excited to announce their 50th Wedding Anniversary on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. Mr. and Mrs. Tripp are residents of Fredonia. They have one son, Brian (Susan) Tripp. All those who know this couple are asked to join in congratulating Bob and BJ ...

Peter and Eugenie Briggs

Peter and Eugenie Briggs of Fredonia were guests of honor at a party at the Shorewood Country Club on July 21, with a second gathering at their home on July 22. The party was given by their seven children: Julie (Andre) Edwards of Fredonia; Kathryn (Anthony) D’Aurizio of Batavia; Amy Briggs ...

JBA announces winning Chautauqua County Mock Trial team

JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown Bar Association (JBA), founded to elevate the standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession and cherish the spirit of brotherhood among the members of the association, was pleased to announce the winners of the Chautauqua County Mock Trial ...

Burletts celebrate 70th anniversary

Congratulations to Richard and Dolly Burlett, who are extending an invitation to all relatives and friends to attend their 70th wedding anniversary celebration at the Sheridan VFW on Route 20 on Saturday, Aug. 11. A social hour is planned from 2 to 3 p.m., with refreshments from 3 to 5 p.m. ...

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Holy Trinity School class of 1972 reunites

On Saturday, July 28, the eighth-grade classmates from Holy Trinity School Class of 1972 reunited at the former Holy Trinity School on Central Avenue in the Msgr Bernardo Hall. Special honored guest and fourth grade teacher Kathy Damiano attended the event. The informal gathering began at 5 ...

CCHS announces Clear The Shelters

JAMESTOWN – The Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) is teaming up with WGRZ Channel 2 On Your Side to host NBC/Universal Owned Television Stations’ Clear the Shelters fourth annual nationwide pet adoption drive. CCHS will offer the public no-cost adoptions on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 10 ...

An evening of Wine and Art to benefit Chautauqua Blind Association set

PORTLAND — On Thursday, Aug. 16, at 5 p.m., the Chautauqua Blind Association will be hosting a fundraiser entitled “Intrigue Your Senses with an Evening of Wine and Art” at 21 Brix Winery, 6654 West Main Road, Portland. As the evening begins, guests will enjoy beautiful music from ...

Westfield-Mayville Rotary welcomes new member

The Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville welcomed Sheila Chapman, a Brocton resident, as its newest member last month. Pete Bills, club membership chair, led the induction ceremony, which was held during this Rotary Club’s installation banquet at Noble Winery in Westfield. Chapman, who has ...

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Waite family holds 137th annual reunion

The 137th Waite reunion was held Aug. 4 at Point Gratiot on the beautiful Lake Erie shores. Helen Burlett, President, called the meeting to order and welcomed all to the reunion. Bonnie Kemp gave the blessing for the luncheon as well as a memorial for family members who passed away in the 2017 ...

Cardinal Mindszenty and Dunkirk Class of 1968 celebrate 50th anniversary

The 1968 graduating classes from Cardinal Mindszenty High School and Dunkirk High School celebrated the 50th anniversary of their graduations with a class reunion the weekend of Aug. 2 to 5. Organized activities began on Thursday when classmates gathered at the Class of 1968 tent on the city ...

Wojcinski family celebrates 51st reunion at Russell Joy Park

Perfect weather greeted the descendants of Michael and Mary Wojcinski that gathered at the lower pavilion of Russell Joy Park in celebration of their 51st reunion on Sunday, Aug. 5. Hosting this year’s reunion was the committee consisting of Molly and Eric Berg, Lori and Winston Woodard, ...

Gardens, signs get attention from volunteers

Members of Revitalize Dunkirk’s Beautification Committee recently built raised flower beds to neaten and improve the appearance of two “Welcome to Dunkirk” signs at the city limits, one on Brigham Road and another at the corner of Route 60 and Doughty Street. Before beginning, ...

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Heritage Ministries hosts Employee Recognition Dinner

JAMESTOWN — Heritage Ministries recently hosted its annual Employee Recognition Dinner at Moonbrook Country Club in Jamestown. This year’s event honored 82 Heritage employees for their service to this nonprofit, human service ministry organization. The evening’s presentation recognized ...

Just between us

...The University at Albany congratulates the more than 3,300 students who graduated at its 174th Commencement from May 18 to 20. Graduates from August 2017 and December 2017 were also recognized. Lauren Budniewski of Fredonia graduated with a Master of Science in literacy. Sean Roche of ...

4-H meat animal sale held during Chautauqua County Fair

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s 4-H Youth Development Program held the 54th annual 4-H Meat Animal Sale on Friday, July 20 during the Chautauqua County Fair. Local businesses and 4-H supporters were out in full force. A total of 161 animals were sold at this annual ...

Cherry Creek volunteer fireman honored for 59 years of service

At the Cherry Creek Volunteer Fire Department banquet June 2, Raymond L. Sheldon, Sr. was honored for his service of 35 years of as an officer from Fire Chief to Fire Police, and a member of 59 years in the Cherry Creek Volunteer Fire Department. When he went to the VFW Auxiliary State ...

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Births

Brooks Memorial Hospital A son, Ezra, was born Monday, April 30, 2018 to Jim and Grace (Nagel) Spell of Dunkirk. A daughter, Neveah Marie, was born Wednesday, May 2, 2018 to Luz Hyatt of Dunkirk. A son, Zachary Jay Johnson, was born Friday, May 4, 2018 to Amanda L. Wheeler and John M. ...

Births

Brooks Memorial Hospital A daughter, Emily, was born Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 to Debora Herrick and Carlos Figueroa of Westfield. A daughter, Paisley Harlo, was born Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 to Belinda Wheeler of Sherman. A son, Hunter L. Palmer, was born Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 to ...

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 ...

Births

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, ...

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Joshua Ganey and Chelsea Finsterwalder

Joshua Ganey and Chelsea Finsterwalder, together with their families, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be, originally from Cortland, is the daughter of Patrick and Cynthia Finsterwalder. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Fredonia State and her master’s degree from SUNY Cortland ...

Justin Smith and Emma Laperruque

Mark and Nancy Smith of Mayville joyfully announce the engagement of their son, Justin Stephen Smith, to Emma Rebecca Laperruque, the daughter of Scott and Amy Laperruque of Short Hills, New Jersey. The bride-to-be is a graduate of Millburn High School in Short Hills and earned her bachelor ...

Geoffrey Blosat and Amanda Martin

Geoffrey Blosat and Amanda Martin, along with their families, are pleased to announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Ronald and Brenda Martin of Dunkirk. She is a 2009 graduate of Dunkirk High School and a 2013 graduate of SUNY Fredonia with a bachelor of arts degree in ...

Michael Gerdy and Natalie Luder

Natalie Luder and Mike Gerdy, together with their families, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be, from Westfield, is the daughter of David and Ramona Luder. She earned her bachelor’s degree in administrative criminal justice from the University of Phoenix. She is currently employed as ...

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Salvation Army Food Pantry new schedule set

The Dunkirk Salvation Army Food Pantry, located at 704 Central Ave., has announced a new schedule. Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 15 the following schedule goes into effect: Mondays: open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays: open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays: closed Thursdays: open 9 a.m. to 1 ...

Religion news briefs

Ripley United Methodist Summer Vacation Bible School The Ripley United Methodist Summer Vacation Bible School theme this year is “Weird Animals.” Classes will take place on Mondays, Aug. 13, 20 and 27 at the Ripley United Methodist Church, 84 W. Main St. Ripley from 4 to 6 ...

St. Elizabeth Church hosts Our Lady of Fatima National Statue

The National Virgin Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be in the Diocese of Buffalo Aug. 8 to 27. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton will receive the statue on Thursday, Aug. 16. This statue, blessed by Pope Paul VI in 1967 in honor of the apparitions at Fatima, promotes the message of Our Lady to ...

Religion news briefs

“A Celebration of the Angels,” NCCS Benefactors Mass “A Celebration of the Angels,” a very special Mass to honor Northern Chautauqua Catholic School Angel Benefactors will be held on Sunday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church at 1032 Central Ave. in Dunkirk. ...

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Jane Farrar and Alexander Gustafson

Jane Elizabeth Farrar and Alexander Richard Gustafson exchanged wedding vows on July 14, 2018 at the Gerry Rodeo Grounds in Gerry. The ceremony was officiated by Recia Meyers. The bride is the daughter of William and Lucie Farrar III of Portland New York. Her husband is the son of Richard and ...

Dr. Lauren E. Drozdiel and Dr. Joseph E. Cirrincione

Dr. Lauren E. Drozdiel and Dr. Joseph E. Cirrincione were united in marriage on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 2 p.m. in St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo. The Reverend Monsignor J. Patrick Keleher, longtime friend of the bride’s family, joyfully officiated at the nuptial mass. The bride is the ...

Vincent W. Fagart and Lindsay M. Tabaczka

The gazebo at the Ocean Isle Inn, in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, was the setting on April 28, 2018 for the destination wedding of Lindsay M. Tabaczka and Vincent W. Fagart, both of Charlotte, North Carolina. The bride is the daughter of Dan and Becky Tabaczka of Dunkirk and the groom is ...

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sheila (Lawrence) Chapman

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Chapman happily announce their marriage, which took place on the bride’s birthday, April 28, 2018, at Fellowship Church, Brocton, with Pastor Sandra Ball officiating. The bride’s son, Pastor Scott Lawrence, of Washington, Pennsylvania, gave a special blessing to the ...

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Senior News

Collins 50 Plus Seniors Activities for the week of Aug. 12 to 18 Sunday, Aug. 12: Pickle Ball with Lois at 6:30 p.m., Collins Town Park. Wednesday, Aug. 15: Exercises with Pat at 10 a.m., L.K. Painter Center Yellow Room; Quilting with Florence at 10:30 a.m., Collins Library Community ...

Enhanced outdoor recreation program for the elderly receives grant

Chautauqua Adult Day Services, Dunkirk Site has recently received a grant from the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation. This grant has allowed the program to enhance its outdoor games as pictured above. The grant also made it possible to purchase raised beds for gardening where they are ...

Senior Briefs

Collins 50 Plus Seniors Activities for the week of Aug. 5 to 11 Sunday, Aug. 5: Pickle Ball with Lois at 6:30 p.m., Collins Town Park. Wednesday, Aug. 7: Exercises with Pat at 10 a.m., L.K. Painter Center Yellow Room; Quilting with Florence at 10:30 a.m., Collins Library Community ...

Senior news

Collins 50 Plus Seniors Activities for the week of July 29 to Aug. 4 Sunday, July 29: Pickle Ball with Lois at 6:30 p.m., Collins Town Park. Wednesday, Aug. 1: Exercises with Pat at 10 a.m., L.K. Painter Center Yellow Room; Quilting with Florence at 10:30 a.m., Collins Library ...

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Opera House to present free talk on Victorian Mourning customs

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House continues its new series of free-admission local history lectures when it presents Victorian Mourning Practices this Thursday at 7 p.m. Victorian Mourning Practices is the fourth of seven multimedia presentations that will be presented over the course of this ...

Jazz performance set at Mayville’s Lakeside Park

This Thursday, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., the smooth sounds of songwriter and jazz crooner Barbara Jean will fill Lakeside Park, located on the shores of Chautauqua Lake along Route 394 in the village of Mayville. Barbara Jean has been performing for many years, having performed with the original ...

Local author publishes first book

A local author has published her first children’s book. Katherine Lydon Wollaston, of Fredonia, spent over two years writing “Heart of Gold.” This is a tale of Ireland during the Irish potato famine, revolving around an impoverished family facing starvation and eviction. The young ...

Kokomo Time Band to perform on Cassadaga’s floating stage

CASSADAGA — Back by popular demand, Kokomo Time Band will be performing on Cassadaga’s floating stage on Sunday, Aug. 12, from 5-7 p.m. With an “old school” look to match the sound, the Kokomo Time Band is a family friendly, fun band playing oldies from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. ...

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Justice on big screen

The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is “RBG,” the critically acclaimed documentary on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It will be screened on Saturday, July 28, and Tuesday, July 31, at 7:30 p.m. At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ...

Gowanda hosting Drum & Bugle Corps; rehearsals open to community

GOWANDA — More than 150 musician-athletes with the Legends Drum & Bugle Corps from Kalamazoo, Mich., are being hosted at and rehearsing on the campus of the Gowanda Central School District for two days this week ahead of the Drums Along the Waterfront-Tour of Champions competition next ...

Former Fredonia teacher still enjoying jazz

Editor’s note: Farina & Friends will be performing tonight at 6:30 p.m. for the Fredonia Gazebo Concert series. Below is a profile on Frank Farina. ——— It was 1959 when Frank Farina was drafted into the U.S. Army. A recent graduate of Albany State College with a master’s ...

Local bands to play at area events

Bring family, friends, and seating for a series of free concerts by two area bands. The schedule for the New Horizons Band is: Thursday, July 19 at the Chautauqua County Fair, 3:15 to 5:15 p.m.; Thursday, July 26 in Brocton’s Ryckman Park and Wednesday, Aug. 1 in Fredonia’s Barker ...