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Mr. and Mrs. Sam Messina

Mr. and Mrs. Sam Messina

Mr. and Mrs. Sam Messina of Niagara Falls celebrated their 60th anniversary with a family dinner at Salvatore's Italian Gardens. They were married Nov. 16, 1957 at Plattsburgh A.F.B. Chapel, New York. Mr. Messina, a former resident of Dunkirk, is a retired Internal Revenue Service officer and a ...


Help celebrate 70th anniversary

Come say hello on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Cassadaga Country Club as Wally and Shirley Thorp celebrate 70 years of marriage. Refreshments, no gifts.


Judy and Anthony Marino

Anthony and Judy Marino celebrated 50th wedding anniversary. Anthony and Judy (Mangus) Marino were married Aug. 19, 1967 at St. Joseph Church, Fredonia. The couple celebrated their anniversary in Florida at Disney World for 10 days with their daughters and families: Leslie (Toby) Wille and ...

Earl and Irene Blakely

Earl and Irene Blakely

Earl and Irene Blakely Earl and Irene Blakely celebrated their 60th anniversary Aug. 17 with a family dinner at the Colony House Restaurant. In attendance were the couple’s best man, Donald Blakely, and bridesmaid Anna Frederickson.

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Community news briefs

Ahira Hall Library workshop Exploring the Culture of India: Diwali, The Festival of Lights set for Saturday BROCTON — Ahira Hall Library LARC program will present “Exploring the Culture of Inda: Diwali, The Festival of Lights,” this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the library, ...

Community news briefs

Lakeshore Humane Society to hold ‘Picture Your Pet With Santa’ fundraiser The Lakeshore Humane Society’s annual “Picture Your Pet With Santa” fundraiser will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lakeshore Humane Society Adoption Center, 431 E. Chestnut St. in Dunkirk. ...

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Zumbathon raises funds for ALS research

Submitted Photo On Sunday, Nov. 5, the Chautauqua County community teamed up for a Zumbathon fund-raiser at St. Hedwig’s social center in Dunkirk to help raise funds and find a cure for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The theme for the Zumbathon was “Together we dance to find a ...

Sinclairville Free Library plans open house Tuesday

SINCLAIRVILLE — The Sinclairville Free Library invites library supporters and patrons to an Open House on Tuesday at 6 p.m. to say “Thank You” for their donations, volunteer hours and patronage of the library. Entertainment will be provided by the Cassadaga Valley Advanced Chorus, with ...

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Do you remember?

Submitted Photo Pictured are members of the Second Battalion, Twenty-third Marines taking shelter on the first terrace above the beach at Iwo Jima in February, 1945 as they form their battle plan after landing.


Why so high?

“Why are our rates of heart attack and stroke so high in Chautauqua County?” CHQ250 partners continue to hear this question almost every time we are out talking about cardiovascular disease and prevention. It’s a good question, because our heart attack and stroke rates ARE very high ...

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Col. Thomas J. Parker the civilian.

Gowanda resident served well

Col. Thomas Jefferson Parker: A leader and Civil War hero and leader By PHIL PALEN Special to the OBSERVER GOWANDA — After more than a century since his death, a Civil War officer from Gowanda finally has a monument honoring his life and military service. In October, the Village of ...

Members of the planning committee for the 25th anniversary celebration pose for a picture at the Service Center after their September meeting. Left to right: Nichole Miller, Kimberly Scott, Lisa Campbell, Haylee Burdick, Jina Costa, Paula Pickett, Joanne Zdrojewski, Joanne E. Nelson and Michele Smith.

Marking a milestone in progress

JAMESTOWN — Girl Scouts of Western New York are planning a fun-filled day of activities, and the public is invited. Scheduled for Nov. 11, the celebration marks the 25th anniversary of the dedication of its Program and Service Center located at 6221 Horton Road in Jamestown. At 11 p.m., a ...

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Mary C. (Militello) Vendette

Celebrating 100 wonderful years of life today is Mary C. (Militello) Vendette

Mary C. (Militello) Vendette was born Nov. 12, 1917 in the quaint village of Westfield to Antony and Jeni Militello, along with her sisters Josephine (deceased), Julia, and brothers Joseph (deceased), Anthony and Daniel. She was raised in Westfield during the war. She graduated from Westfield ...

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Eighteen upperclassmen from the Silver Creek Central School District were inducted into the National Honor Society on Thursday, Oct. 26.

Silver Creek upperclassmen join National Honor Society

Candlelight ceremony shines spotlight on academic achievements SILVER CREEK - The cream of the crop. The best and the brightest. There are many ways to describe the highest-ranking upperclassmen in the Silver Creek Central School District. The academic achievements, extracurricular activities ...

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Briget Whipple, Krystle Schwab and Lauren Grover, all members of the Silver Creek High School’s Class of 2018, are recipients of the 2018 Series Scholarship for Academic Excellence.

Scholarly reward for Silver Creek trio

SILVER CREEK — Three seniors in the Class of 2018 at Silver Creek High School are receiving the 2018 Series Scholarship for Academic Excellence from the New York State Education Department. Recipients are determined based on Regents test scores. Briget Whipple is the recipient of a $1,500 ...

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Silver Creek High School has named Sophomore Casmir Kowal, senior Cassandra Pillard, junior Lily League, and freshman Adriana Rosati as Students of the Month for October 2017 for demonstrating perseverance or grit.

Silver Creek Central High School names Knights of the Month

SILVER CREEK — Four upperclassmen at the Silver Creek Central School District have been selected as Knights of the Month for October 2017 for demonstrating perseverance or grit. The October honorees — senior Cassandra Pillard, junior Lily League, sophomore Casmir Kowal, and freshman ...

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Jakob Lester Lawson

A Celebration of Life for Jakob Lester Lawson of Katy, Texas, formerly of Cassadaga, will be held Monday, Nov. 13, from 5-7 p.m., at the Cassadaga American Legion. The son of Karl and Sally Weatherford Lawson of Cassadaga; father of Brock Lawson; brother of Matthew (Jennifer) Lawson; ...


Brooks Memorial Hospital A daughter, Adelynn Mae, was born Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 to Chelsey Boardman of Stockton. A daughter, Isabelle Lucy, was born Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 to John and Ashley (Barna) Raynor of Mayville. A daughter, Katalina Gracen, was born Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 to ...


Brooks Memorial Hospital A son, Roman Edward Parker, was born Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017 to Annastasia Chapa and Scott Parker or Dunkirk. A daughter, Hannah Joy Delcamp, was born Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 to Jacqueline Crandall and Christopher Delcamp of Westfield. A son, Ariyen David Reed, was ...

Just between us — Sept. 17

... A girl, Madelyn Rose Wolfe, was born on Saturday, August, 19, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo. She was born at 34 weeks and six days. She is the daughter of Samantha Verhague and Allan Wolfe of Sheridan. She is the granddaughter of Lisa and Darryl Verhague of Fredonia and Jim and Gail ...

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Ashley M. Waters and Robert J. Halas Jr.

Ashley M. Waters and Robert J. Halas Jr.

Ashley M. Waters and Robert J. Halas Jr., together with their families, announce their engagement. The bride to be is the daughter of Donald P. Waters of Depew and Dawn M. (Wise) Pawlak of Fredonia. She is a graduate of Fredonia High School Class of 2007 and is ...

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Lindsay M. Tabaczka and Vince W. Fagart

Lindsay M. Tabaczka and Vince W. Fagart Lindsay M. Tabaczka and Vince W. Fagart announce their engagement along with their parents, Dan and Becky Tabaczka of Dunkirk and Tom and Toni Fagart of Concord, North Carolina. The bride to be is a graduate of Dunkirk High School and a graduate of ...

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Melissa Marian Conti and Thomas Anthony Mazza

Richard and Rebecca Conti of Fredonia are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Melissa Marian to Thomas Anthony Mazza, son of Donna Mazza of Ithaca. The bride-to-be, a graduate of Gannon University and SUNY Binghamton is a researcher at the National ...

Christopher Yochim and Patricia Layman

Christopher Yochim and Patricia Layman

Patricia Layman of Brocton and Christopher Yochim of Findley Lake happily announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of deceased Fredrick Eggleston and Aloma Majkowski. She is a retired restaurant manager. The groom-to-be is the son of Barrie and Alice Yochim of Findley Lake. ...

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Religion news briefs

St. John’s United Church of Christ St. John’s United Church of Christ, located at 733 Central Ave. in Dunkirk, will hold a ham dinner today from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are $9.50 or $10 at the door. Tickets may be picked up at the church office, call 366-7010. St. Aloysius ...

Words, good and bad, help make memories

Do you remember when we were kids we used to say, “Sticks and stones will hurt my bones, but words can never hurt me?” We were so wrong! Words are so powerful! That’s why I enjoy writing. I try to make you readers get yourselves ready for a good life, or at least a good day. When we think ...

Pastor Prayer and Share begun at area churches

Northern Chautauqua County’s Churches are joining together to establish an ecumenical group called “Prayer and Share.” This group is designed for the Churches to join together in a time of praying with and for each other, while sharing what God is doing in each of their ministries. ...

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Mr. and Mrs. Kristopher Cerrie

Mr. and Mrs. Kristopher Cerrie

Jill Marie Kubasik and Kristopher Michael Cerrie of Dunkirk were united in marriage on June 10, 2017 at the Red House in Cassadaga. To keep up with the rustic atmosphere of the venue, the couple chose a theme of burlap, lace and mason jars for their double ring ceremony and reception. Friend ...

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Mr. and Mrs. Steven Myers

Mr. and Mrs. Steven Myers Samantha L. Hargrove and Steven H. Myers were united in marriage Sept. 24, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church , Bucyrus, Ohio. Pastor Mike Corwin performed the double-ring ceremony. Parents of the bride are Ronda and William Hargrove of Albuquerque, ...

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Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Sidebottom

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Sidebottom Kristen Masood and Daniel Sidebottom were united in marriage on Aug. 4, 2017 at The Barns at Wesleyan Hills in Middletown, Connecticut. The ceremony was officiated by Zita Christian. The bride is the daughter of James and Ann Masood of Fredonia. The groom is the ...

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Mr. and Mrs. Chad Cerrie

Mr. and Mrs. Chad Cerrie Jaime Wardell and Chad Cerrie were united in marriage on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017 at 2 p.m. in a double ring ceremony at Blessed Mary Angela — St. Hedwig's Parish, Dunkirk. The ceremony was officiated by Rev. Daniel P. Walsh, pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, Dunkirk. ...

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Pinochle Scores

Dom Polski Club Oct. 26 1. Marvin Gillson 491 2. Nancy Crandall 470 Peanuts: Gene Pauszek Nov. 2 1. Gene Pauszek 529 2. Pat Kibbe 489 Double pinochle: Ed Rusch Peanuts: Linda Gillson Dunkirk Senior Center Nov. 3 1. George Richter 634 2. Dorothy Kornacki ...

Meals on Wheels

November hot noon meal 20 Chicken drumsticks, augratin potatoes, broccoli, bread, pound cake 21 Italian lasagna, spinach, garlic roll, grape juice, pudding 22 Turkey w/gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, winter squash, fruit punch, pumpkin pie 23 Happy Thanksgiving 24 DFMOW closed. No ...

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Pictured are the officers of the Mt. Carmel Social Club for calendar year 2017-2018. Front row from left: Second Vice President Dorothy Miniri, First Vice President Pauline Flitt and Chaplain Jeanette Mula. Back row: President Carm Tampio, Treasurer Melanie Bates and Secretary Susan Borowski.

Senior News

Mt. Carmel Social Club A meeting of the Mt. Carmel Social Club convened in Irving, at noon at the Sunset Bay Restaurant on Wednesday, Nov.15. The group of 25 included guests Rev. Daniel Fiebelkorn, Rev. Mark Wolski and Mt. Carmel Secretary Frances Page. Subsequent to last month’s club ...

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Live at the Met, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live, high definition (HD) opera transmissions to theaters around the world, continues its 2017-18 season at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m., with Thomas Ades’ contemporary “The Exterminating Angel.” The opera makes history in that it features soprano Audrey Luna singing a high A — a note that has never been sung before on the stage of the Met.

‘The Exterminating Angel’

Live at the Met, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live, high-definition opera transmissions to theaters around the world, continues its 2017-18 season at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House this Saturday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m., with Thomas Ades’ contemporary “The Exterminating ...

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The Bennett Brass, a Fredonia-based brass trio, are leading The Community Music Program which is set to begin Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the West Courtney Street Community Center, 47 W. Courtney St. in Dunkirk.

Community music program set to begin

The CREATE Project, is pleased to announce its newest initiative, The Community Music Program. Join musicians Landon Gray and Logan Bennett for sessions of merry music-making. Grab your fiddle, flute, recorder, rusty tin can, or just bring your smile. All ages and experience levels are ...

Fredonia Wind Ensemble to present eclectic concert

The Fredonia Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Paula Holcomb, will escort music enthusiasts on an exhilarating journey on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 8 p.m., in King Concert Hall at the State University of New York at Fredonia. “Short Ride on a Fast Machine,” John Adams’ American ...

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“Victoria & Abdul” will be screened on Saturday, Nov. 11 and Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Opera House Cinema Series.

Based on a true story

The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is “Victoria & Abdul,” starring Academy Award-winner Dame Judi Dench and Ali Fazal. The extraordinary true story of a unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s remarkable rule, it will be screened on Saturday, ...

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Members of the Fredonia Guitar Quartet include (from left) Steven Wong, Pennington Watson, Michael Bunny and Shane Bucci.

Ready for tour

The Fredonia Guitar Quartet is on tour in central New York, performing at Henrietta-Rush Senior High School today, at 2 p.m.; Unatego Junior-Senior High School on Friday, at 12:40 p.m. and Onondaga Community College, also Friday, at 7 p.m. Members of the quartet, under the direction of SUNY ...

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Dunkirk Middle School to perform ‘The Lion King JR.’

Disney’s “The Lion King JR.” is playing at Dunkirk Middle School starting on Friday at 7 p.m. A performance of Disney’s “The Lion King JR.” is open to the public at (Dunkirk Middle School) on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Admission is $3 for students and $5 for adults.

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Best-selling author Staub, HarperCollins editor to speak

Aspiring writers and book-publishing enthusiasts seeking inspiration and helpful information in the publishing world need look no further than Writers@Work, the alumni writers-in-residence series at the State University of New York at Fredonia, that will bring New York Times Best Selling author ...

Access Channel 5 programming set for Nov. 11-17

“Defenders of Freedom” shares the first hand experiences of WWII veterans in the Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania areas. Hosted and filmed at the Jackson Center in Jamestown, the project is a collaborative effort between the Center, the United Veterans Council, Chautauqua ...