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Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Carolyn McMinn

Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Carolyn McMinn Robert and Carolyn McMinn have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Bob and Carolyn met while both were attending the University of Pittsburgh. Bob served in the United States Air Force in a Judge Advocate General’s Office during the Korean ...

Mr. and Mrs. Walter and Marilyn Hamlin

Mr. and Mrs. Walter and Marilyn Hamlin Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hamlin of Fredonia recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with family. The two were united in marriage on Jan. 17, 1953 at the First United Methodist Church in Dunkirk. The Rev. Arthur Crawford officiated the ...

Jeff and Janice Williams

Jeff and Janice Williams Jeff and Janice Williams of Dunkirk celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 28, 2017. They were honored at a dinner reception at Laona United Methodist Church hall. Family and friends attended from Grand Island, Syracuse, Spencerport, Lockport, the Buffalo ...

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 ...

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State grand matron visits Jamestown

JAMESTOWN — Mount Sinai Mecca Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star was privileged to have the leading officer of the State of New York at their meeting on April 2, in Jamestown. Lynne Schmitt, Grand Matron of New York state, is visiting Districts throughout the state. Geraldine Yauchzy, ...

Exhibit highlights 200 years of Erie Canal

SINCLAIRVILLE — The Sinclairville Free Library announces that a traveling exhibit commemorating the bicentennial of the Erie Canal is on display at the library through Monday. The display is accompanied by an e-tablet kiosk for access to the online part of the exhibition. The exhibit was ...

Forestville Eastern Star sets dinner, breakfasts

On Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. (or until sold out) Forestville Eastern Star will host a public chicken and biscuit dinner at the Masonic Hall, 22 Main St. The cost is $10 for adults or $8 for children. The menu includes chicken and biscuit, vegetable, salad, beverage, and dessert. Everyone ...

Songbird Migration Tour takes flight Saturday

The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy and Lake Erie Bird Club invite the public to celebrate the National Audubon Society’s “Year of the Bird” by attending our Northern Chautauqua County Songbird Migration Tour on Saturday from 9 to 11:30 a.m., starting on the Central Avenue Pier in ...

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Do you remember?

Photo Submitted by Frank R. Lisa Sr. Pictured are World War II soldiers on light duty at the Dunkirk Fairgrounds in 1945 after returning from overseas service. During World War II, the fairgrounds were used as a prisoner of war camp for captured German soldiers. Top from left: “Tuck” ...

For Pet’s Sake

The Fear Free movement My youngest son Colton is 5 years old and has learning disabilities. From the time he started going to the dentist, he was fearful of this place with the loud noises and the strange people poking and prodding in his mouth. Just recently a new pediatric dentist came into ...

All good things come to an end

If you read the publisher's column on Friday, you know this lifestyles editor is heading into the unknown, also called retirement by most people. This was a decision made in concert with the Mrs. and family members, along with Father Time. Mother Nature chipped in as well, not so much in the ...

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WACS names its middle school Students of the Month for March

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 ...

J.S. Lambert Hook and Ladder Company officers

Submitted Photo by Emily Barbosa The J.S. Lambert Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 of the Fredonia Fire Department recently held its 2018 Installation Banquet at Manning’s Fireside Manor. New officers installed during the banquet were Julius Leone as president, Chip Riewaldt as vice president, ...

Giovanina Vancheri receives Fredonia’s first-ever GEICO Achievement Award

Giovanina Vancheri, a junior majoring in Business Administration: Marketing from Rochester, New York, has become the State University of New York at Fredonia’s first recipient of the GEICO Achievement Award. Only 34 students from across the country are receiving the 2018 Achievement Award. ...

Fredonia history major receives internship at National Archives

Rebekah Denz, whose career goal is to become an archivist, has landed a dream internship with the National Archives and Records Administration, a massive repository of government agency documents, in College Park, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. The primary assignment to be ...

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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, ...

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; ...

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Celena Velazquez and Derek Lorenzo

The parents of Celena M. Velazquez and Derek J. Lorenzo, both formerly of Fredonia, are pleased to announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Luis A. Velazquez and Anna M. Velazquez of Fredonia. She is a business operations manager in the Tampa Bay area. The prospective ...

Sara DeChard and Joshua Welch

Sara DeChard and Joshua Welch of Cassadaga, together with their families, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Ron and Charlene DeChard of Cassadaga. She is a 2014 graduate of Cassadaga Valley Central School. In May of 2018 she will earn a bachelor of science degree ...

Amanda Maraschiello and William Larson

Amanda Maraschiello and William Larson, together with their families, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Lisa Maraschiello of Getzville and Mark and Shellie Maraschiello of Williamsville. She graduated from Williamsville North High School in 2009 and from ...

Megen Carson and Jacob Jankowski

Megen Carson and Jacob Jankowski of Bayside, New York together with their families, would like to announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of William Carson and Marsha Wolsky-Carson of Rochester, New York. She is a 2013 graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego. ...

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Religion news briefs

25th anniversary of Blessed Mary Angela’s beatification There will be a 25th anniversary of Blessed Mary Angela’s beatification special celebration this Sunday. At 10 a.m., Mass begins at the Blessed Mary Angela Parish St. Hyacinth site, 295 Lake Shore Drive East, Dunkirk. The celebrant ...

Picture your shepherd

Shepherds give us a picture of someone who cares about and cares for others. It is that caring that makes the metaphor of a shepherd so accurate in describing the reality of Jesus Christ’s relationship to people. The center of that caring is love. For Jesus Christ that caring love is the ...

Several events set to celebrate the Month of the Young Child

The Month of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by NAEYC and its affiliates that is held during the month of April. The purpose of the Month of the Young Child is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood ...

Religion news briefs

Ripley United Methodist Church Ripley United Methodist Church. 84 W. Main St., Ripley, is hosting an all-you-can-eat breakfast today from 7:30 to 11 a.m. There will be pancakes, sausage, bacon, made-to-order eggs and omelets, home fries, biscuits and sausage gravy, orange juice and coffee. The ...

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Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Julian James

Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Julian James Ashley Marie Willebrandt and Phillip Julian James were united in marriage on Sept. 2, 2017 at the College Lodge in Brocton with Tim Eisaman officiating the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of David and Jena Willebrandt of Brocton. The groom is the son of ...

Mr. and Mrs. Dallas Nickerson

Mr. and Mrs. Dallas Nickerson This past spring, on June 3, 2017, Jessica Rizzo and Dallas Nickerson said “I do” on a beautiful day, at the Clarion Hotel in Dunkirk. Christopher Powers, cousin of the bride, officiated the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of James Jr. and Jennifer ...

Mr. and Mrs. Michael James Polichetti

Mr. and Mrs. Michael James Polichetti St. Hedwig’s Roman Catholic Church in Dunkirk was the setting Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 for a 2 p.m. Nuptial Mass uniting in marriage Roxanne Adele Herrington and Michael James Polichetti. The Mass was celebrated by the Rev. Joseph Walter of ...

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Anthony Mazza

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Anthony Mazza On Oct. 21, 2017, Melissa Marian Conti and Thomas Anthony Mazza were married at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Dunkirk. The double ring ceremony was officiated by Reverend Thomas Wopperer. The bride is the daughter of Richard and Rebecca Conti of ...

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Senior news

Silver Creek Seniors The April 17 meeting opened on an unusual snowy spring day. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung with homage. Chaplain Dorothy Miniri invoked blessings of thanks and expressed gratitude for those who braved the weather to take part in ...

Registration for the Aging Mastery Program currently underway

WESTFIELD — The Aging Mastery Program is a program for older adults aged 50 to 100, who want to make the most of the gift of living. The program encourages mastery by developing behaviors that will lead to improved health, stronger financial security and overall well-being. The program ...

SOAR Chapter 4-1 meeting and lunch set

SOAR Chapter 4-1 will hold a meeting and lunch on April 24 at noon at the United Steelworkers Local Union 2693 Union Hall, 97 E. Fourth St., Dunkirk. Retirees of all unions are welcome.

Pinochle scores

Share & Care Seniors Tuesday’s Best April 10 1. Gene Pauszek 680 2. Ed Long 638 3. Janet Kyte 636 Double pinochle: Gene Pauszek Peanuts: Heather Sinclair Birdie’s Bidders April 12 1. Duane Peterson 659 2. James Sinclair 650 3. Jack Hood ...

Entertainment | VIEW ALL

Opera House to present Grammy-nominated Bluegrass band

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present three-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Award winner and Grammy nominee The Special Consensus in concert as part of the Folk in Fredonia Music Series on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Formed in the Chicago area in 1975, The Special Consensus ...

Facelift, energetic new sounds for the Kokomo Time Band

With a beautiful summer that we’re all looking forward to with such eager anticipation, the Kokomo Time Band enters its 19th season. The 2018 edition of the Kokomo Time Band brings new exciting and dynamic changes. Billy Eckstrom (virtuostic guitarist and bassist) of Germaine Pappalardo ...

Yoga and a movie

The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is “The Leisure Seeker,” starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland. It will be screened on Saturday, April 21, and Tuesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. Ella and John Spencer (Mirren and Sutherland) go on one last unforgettable journey in ...

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Opera House presents ‘Canaletto and the Art of Venice’

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present “Canaletto and the Art of Venice,” a special cinematic exhibition of the Italian artist’s work, this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. as part of its Art & Architecture On Screen Series. Additionally, local visual artist George Petrella will exhibit his ...

Fredonia’s Marion Art Gallery to host exhibition of student works

The first senior art exhibition of the spring semester at the State University of New York at Fredonia will feature the work of nine graduating majors from the Department of Visual Arts and New Media. Titled “Paraskevidekatriaphobia,” which means fear of Friday the 13th, the exhibition ...

Professor to receive grant for new Fredonia documentary

An Artist in the Community grant will be presented to Roslin Smith, assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the State University of New York at Fredonia, to fund her new documentary, “Among the Hemlocks. Fantastic Stories from Fredonia, NY.” She will be recognized at a ...

Octagon Gallery to open solo show of works by Cecelia Ivy Price

WESTFIELD — Octagon Gallery will be opening a new show on Friday, featuring the artwork of Cecelia Ivy Price, former art therapist at Gowanda Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, and former art teacher at Aspire of Western New York where she created artwork with adults with disabilities. She is ...