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Ray (Lefty) and Dolores Abramowicz

Ray (Lefty) and Dolores Abramowicz

Ray (Lefty) and Dolores Abramowicz Ray (Lefty) and Dolores Abramowicz will celebrate 65 years of marriage bliss on May 24. They were married at St. Hyacinth’s Church in Dunkirk in 1952 by Father Kwolek. They have a son Bob (Bugsy) and Liz Abramowicz of Dunkirk; daughters Carolyn (Ed) ...

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Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Piwowarski

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Piwowarski On Saturday, April 22, 2017, along with family, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph (Judy Mancuso) Piwowarski of Fredonia celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows at Our Lady of the Woods Chapel in Arkwright. The Reverend Ray Donohue officiated. Joe ...

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Mr. and Mrs. David Burgun

Mr. and Mrs. David Burgun Deborah and David Burgun were married 40 years ago, May 7, 1977 at the United Methodist Church in Forestville. The bride is the daughter of Lester and Virginia Palmer of Forestville. The groom is the son of the late William and the late Louise Burgun of ...

Mr. and Mrs. Sam Mancuso

Mr. and Mrs. Sam Mancuso

Sam and JoAnn Mancuso of Dunkirk renewed their wedding vows after 50 years of marriage on Saturday, Feb. 18 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. The Reverend Walter Werbicki officiated at the 5 p.m. Mass with music provided by the Adult Folk Choir under the direction of Dan Smith. Mrs. Mancuso ...

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Convention rewards ‘politically connected’

I thought your paper’s article titled “To convene or not?” (April 28) was an informative synopsis of the Chautauqua County League of Women’s Voters forum on the pending state Constitutional Convention vote slated for Nov. 7. Mary O’Leary, retired veteran educator and current member ...

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Pictured are students putting what they have learned about yoga into practice in Erin Wodzinski’s class at A. J. Schmidt Elementary.

Yoga and mindfulness introduced in the classroom at A. J. Schmidt Elementary

ANGOLA — Erin Wodzinki, speech and language pathologist at A. J. Schmidt Elementary School, is working magic with the students. She is also a certified yoga instructor with Radiant Child Yoga Levels 1-2. Her newly-obtained certificate is benefiting the little ones at AJS. Yoga is the ...

Red Wing/Carriage House reunion planned

With the remarkable success of the Facebook group “Life after Carriage House” a group of former employees got together to form a reunion picnic. The main pavilion at Point Gratiot in Dunkirk has been secured for Sept. 16 from 2 to 7 p.m. The committee is inviting all former and retired ...

Patterson Library hosting health-related classes

WESTFIELD — Patterson Library will host several health-related events at the end of the month and during the first week of June. The first class, “Meditative Mandala Making,” will make mandalas in a “therapeutic and creative” process. The class will take place on Thursday from 6 to ...

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OBSERVER Photos by Nicole Gugino
Top: Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas (right) swears in (from left) eighth-grade essay contest winners Cam’ron DeJesus, Anthony Morales and Justus Bowen as Supertintendent Dr. James Tracy looks on. Above: Dunkirk eighth graders Cam’ron DeJesus (left) and Anthony Morales (center) sit between First Ward Councilman Don Williams, Third Ward Councilman Adelino Gonzalez and Fourth Ward Councilwoman Stacy Szukala as they served as honorary council members at the recent Common Council meeting. Below: Dunkirk eighth grader Justus Bowen (center) sits between Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas and Attorney Sean Connolly as he served as honorary mayor at the recent Common Council meeting.

If I were mayor, I would …

During the May 16 Dunkirk Common Council three new members were welcomed to city government. Winners of the “If I Were Mayor, I Would …” essay contest were made honorary dignitaries and sworn in by Mayor Willfred Rosas. The City of Dunkirk sponsored the NYCOM (New York Conference of ...

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Veterinary spinal manipulative therapy — animal chiropractic

Many people see a chiropractor when experiencing back pain, headaches or even when they want to maintain general wellness. However, have you considered that your pet could benefit from spinal adjustments as well? During my studies, I began to wonder; if my spinal health and general well-being ...

OBSERVER Photos by Marilyn Kurzawa
Above: Moms Group members meet twice monthly to discuss their concerns at the First United Methodist Church in Fredonia. Pictured at top from left as they are getting ready to leave are: Rebecca and Myra Rose Joy; Lindsey and Hudson Parker and Liam Barnes and his mom; Caleb Brautigam with his backpack.

Moms Group making a difference

By MARILYN KURZAWA OBSERVER Lifestyles Contributor “Motherhood is a choice you make every day to put someone else’s happiness ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure of what the right thing is….and to forgive yourself, over and ...

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Wednesdays with Amy: Let the ride begin

This is part three of a three-part series. By RICH GOODMAN and AMY PING Special to the OBSERVER The chosen venue for our first real ride was a lake front bike path that offered spectacular views of the harbor and almost always blessed cyclists and joggers with warm, gentle ...

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Forestville student recipient of Western Division award

Western Division is pleased to announce the 2017 Scholarship Award winners. Scholarships are awarded to Western Division members that are high school seniors planning to further their education at a two-or-four year college or university. The six scholarships were awarded to students that ...

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Westfield Middle School’s Students of the Month

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 peers. 2. ...

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Brocton High and Middle schools name Students of the Month for May

BROCTON — Tim Odell was selected by the Brocton High School faculty and staff as Student of the Month for May 2017. Tim is a junior at Brocton High School and resides in Brocton with his parents, Mark and Karen Odell. Tim is an excellent student. He has consistently been on honor roll ...

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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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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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Kristine Elizabeth Mullen and Ryan Michael Perry

Kristine Elizabeth Mullen and Ryan Michael Perry Kristine Elizabeth Mullen and Ryan Michael Perry, together with their families, announce their engagement. The bride- elect is the daughter of Michael and Elizabeth “Libbie” Mullen of Fredonia. She is a 2000 graduate of Fredonia Central ...

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Celeste Berke and Jonathan Knisely

Celeste Berke and Jonathan Knisely Drs. Robert and Jennifer Berke of Westfield are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Celeste Berke, to Jonathan Knisely, son of Nancy and Terry Knisely of York, Pennsylvania. Berke, a graduate of Westfield Academy and Central School, Kent ...

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Kayce Amelia Berke and Frederick Dale Larmore

Kayce Amelia Berke and Frederick Dale Larmore Drs. Robert and Jennifer Berke of Westfield are excited to announce the engagement of their youngest daughter Kayce Amelia Berke to Frederick Dale Larmore. Kayce Berke graduated from Chautauqua Lake Central School, holds a B.A. in international ...

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NCCS art show a success

Northern Chautauqua Catholic School had its annual Student Art Show on May 8. Students were able to submit original works of art created throughout the current school year. “It was a great success with our NCCS families and the community coming out for a wonderful night,” said Tina ...

Religion briefs

St. John’s United Church of Christ St. John’s United Church of Christ will hold a meatloaf and potatoes dinner today. Serving will be 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 ...

Faces of the Reformation

The sixth iconic individual in the Lutheran Reformation is Pope Leo X. Giovanni de’ Medici was a member of the famous Medici household in Florence, Italy. His father, Lorenzo the Magnificent, raised his sons to be patrons of the arts. As the second son, Giovanni was steered to a life within ...

How was your Mother’s Day?

Did you have a nice Mothers Day? I did. I don’t know where my son and daughter-in-law find those beautiful cards! I hope I live up to all those praises! Russ and I tried to be good parents. I know he was great! Then David Kaus, a friend from my Bible class, took me out for lunch after ...

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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

Silver Creek Seniors On Tuesday, May 16, there were 20 club members who met at Native Pride for a Mother’s Day lunch. Such a big variety of food to choose from and all the meals were wonderful. After a lengthy social gathering, Lorraine Bailey touched on the topic of mothers, starting out ...

May is Older Americans Month: USDA home repair loans and grants available

SYRACUSE — May has been declared “Older Americans Month” to recognize and show appreciation to our Nation’s older citizens. Older Americans have provided a lifetime of contributions to their communities. Older adults are a growing and vital part of our country. The baby boom ...

Meals on Wheels

May hot noon meal 22 Beef tips in mushroom gravy over noodles, peas w/onions, biscuit, lemon pudding 23 Pepperoni pizza, Capri vegetables, apple juice, fruit crisp 24 Ham slice w/crushed pineapple glaze, sweet potatoes, wax beans, pineapple juice, muffin loaf 25 ...

Pinochle scores

Share & Care Seniors Tuesday’s Best May 9 1. Kathy Kamery 657 2. Emily Wilcox 629 3. Ed Long 591 4. Sara Azeez 569 5. John Wiedenhofer568 Double pinochle: Janet Kyte Peanuts: Joe Jarvis Birdie’s Bidders May 11 1. Phyllis Laurito 686 2. Lucy Saeli ...

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Trenton Lutes is participating in Chautauqua-Lake Erie Art Trail

One of the artists participating is Trenton Lutes in photography and painting. In 2015 he took a sabbatical from the art world. “Mind you, I didn’t stop making art, I just stepped away from the shows and the trails,” he said. During this time he was able to recharge and refocus his ...

Karen Glosser participating in Chautauqua-Lake Erie Art Trail

North Shore Arts Alliance is a not-for-profit cooperative marketing, promotional, and membership organization working on behalf of artists in Chautauqua County. The organization seeks to foster an environment where art strengthens our County’s image, economic vitality, and quality of ...

Julie Costantini, artistic director of JCC’s production of “Hairspray.”

‘Hairspray’ auditions May 31, June 1

JAMESTOWN — Early auditions for Jamestown Community College’s production of “Hairspray” will be held May 31 and June 1. The auditions, which begin at 7 p.m. in Scharmann Theatre, are open to JCC students, high school students, and community members. Those auditioning must prepare a ...

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Roman Cello Player Fabio Cavaggion

Cecelia Ivy Price is participating in Chautauqua-Lake Erie Art Trail

After a year long residency at the Forest Hill Gate House in Fredonia, artist Cecelia Ivy Price is announcing it’s time to move on! Price worked on producing a new body of work based on art history research and reference photos taken while on a scholarship-funded study program in ...

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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 ...

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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 ...