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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 ...

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 ...

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Flags already flying as Cassadaga gets ready for Memorial Day

Submitted Photo CASSADAGA — Once again the village of Cassadaga shows its patriotism by displaying over 200 American flags. The Cassadaga American Legion Memorial Post 1280 manages a unique flag sponsorship program. Flags are sponsored annually by individuals in honor of a veteran, family ...

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 ...

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 ...

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...Jack Payne of Ashville is among 235 student athletes at John Carroll University to earn a 3.25 GPA or higher during the 2016-17 academic year. Each year, the Department of Athletics at John Carroll recognizes the exceptional academic achievements of players representing 23 varsity sports. ...

CCAEYC wraps up another successful celebration of the MOYC

The Chautauqua County Association for the Education of Young Children has officially wrapped up its series of Month of the Young Child activities and events for 2017. Activities during the month included Library Story Hours across Chautauqua County. Special guest readers delighted young ...

The Chautauqua County Genealogical Society met recently in the Fredonia Barker Library for a special presentation on family genealogy by Victor Richardson of Brocton. The genealogy group meets once a month for a program on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the library. Walt Sedlmayer is the president, and Gail Dash is the vice president. Margaret Curtis serves as the recording secretary and Debbie Kotar serves as the treasurer. Treasurer Kotar showed a family Bible filled with notes and articles which she received in the mail from California. Kotar said the Bible will be placed in the historical records.
Newsletter Editor Wayne Leamer reported on the latest issue of the quarterly newsletter and said he is working on the next one. Publications Chairman Ruth Davis Nichols said a library in another state ordered 28 genealogical record books for their library.  
Richardson’s family dates back to 1621 in America when Robert Cushman arrived at Plymouth Colony on the ship called the Fortune. Cushman had procured the charter for the Plymouth Colony. The family settled and grew in America, and Richardson is in the 12th generation of the Cushman family. Richardson had a family genealogy book called “Robert Cushman: The Puritan Historian Genealogy.” The 655-page book included the years from 1617 until 1855, and was passed down through the generations and Richardson inherited the family book from his mother, Alletha Richardson. Dash assisted Richardson in some of the research and organization for the speech. A very interesting and informative presentation was enjoyed by all.  
The next meeting of the group will be on Tuesday, June 20 in the Barker Library at 6:30 p.m. New members and visitors are welcome.

Over 200 years of family genealogy presented

The Chautauqua County Genealogical Society met recently in the Fredonia Barker Library for a special presentation on family genealogy by Victor Richardson of Brocton. The genealogy group meets once a month for a program on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the library. Walt ...

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Welcome to ‘Fedonia’

Submitted Photo by Nyle Prince Higgs On Monday, the “r” from the “Fredonia” sign on Brigham Road was found to be missing, most likely joining its “F” friend somewhere. The “F” that is currently on the sign replacing the original is a temporary one, and it is assumed the ...

Lake Shore Middle School honor and merit rolls

The following students have been commended for academic achievement at the Lake Shore Middle School for the third quarter of the 2016-2017 school year: Sixth Grade Honor Roll: Magdalen Barclay, Howard Butlak, Anthony Cadin, Cassandra Chiappetta, Simon Connors, Giana Corsaro, Emma Coventry, ...

Democrats confirm Ferguson as county executive candidate

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Democratic Committee met recently in Mayville and unanimously endorsed county executive candidate Michael Ferguson of Fredonia to lead the party’s ticket in the Nov. 7 general election. Currently director of marketing for Fredonia Place, a retirement ...

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The theme of the 28th annual elementary Art Show in Silver Creek is “Daydreaming” and features artwork by students in all grades. This year’s much-anticipated installation also includes an art sale. Other events happening today include the popular “Italian Night” fundraiser as well as a book giveaway, make-and-take activities, an ice cream social and more.

Silver Creek opens its doors to community today

SILVER CREEK — A fun-filled evening featuring food, fine artwork and fundraising is happening at the Silver Creek School District today. A spaghetti dinner, ice cream social, student art show and sale, book giveaway and other special activities coincide with the school budget vote. The ...

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...Ryan Deas of Fredonia, a student at Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School in Kingston, Pennsylvania, has been named to the Dean’s List for the winter 2016-17 academic term. Deas, a postgraduate student, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Deas of Fredonia... ...Miami University student ...

Westfield Quilters’ Guild hosting special guest

WESTFIELD — The Westfield Quilters’ Guild will be holding its May meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m., at the Westfield Methodist Church, 101 E. Main Street, Westfield. Sue Nickels, international teacher and author of several quilt books, will be the featured speaker. Non-guild members will be ...

American Legion Post 62 plans Memorial Day chicken barbecue

There will be a Memorial Day chicken barbecue on Monday, May 29, from noon until sold out at the Dunkirk Memorial American Legion Post 62, 211 Central Ave., Dunkirk. Tickets are $10 pre-sale/$11 at the door. Meal includes chicken by “Weidners BBQ,” two sides, roll and butter. Options are ...

First ‘Evening in the Garden’ on Wednesday

JAMESTOWN — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County Master Gardeners will hold the first Evening in the Garden for the 2017 gardening season on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The Demonstration Garden is located at the Frank Bratt Agricultural Center, 3542 Turner Road, Jamestown. Included in ...

Squadron 59 SAL elects officers

Squadron 59 Sons of the American Legion elected officers at a meeting May 9. Serving will be Commander Rodney Dziduch; Vice Commanders Doug McPherson and David Winchell; Adjutant Dennis Bouquin; Chaplain David Dengler; Finance Officer Larry Fiorella; Historian Tom Muldowney; Sergeant-at-Arms ...

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Above: Fredonia Shakespeare Club members celebrated his birthday recently at Manning’s Fireside Restaurant. Pictured from left are: Mary Jane Covley Walker, MC; Nicki Schoenl, Maiden Elizabeth; Mary Croxton, Will Shakespeare, and Judi Lutz Wood, Jester. Below: Incoming and outgoing officers of the Fredonia Shakespeare Club are pictured. Seated in the front row are incoming officers: Secretary Barbara Albert, President Joan Larson, Vice President Linda Dunn. In back are outgoing officers: Judi Lutz Woods, president; Mary Croxton, treasurer; Nicki Schoenl, vice president; and Mary Jane Covley Walker, secretary. Incoming Treasurer Harriet “Skeeter” Tower is not pictured.

Shakespeare Club celebrates bard’s birthday

The Fredonia Shakespeare Club met recently at Manning’s Fireside Restaurant to mark the 453rd anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth. The annual commemorative luncheon is a tradition that has been regularly observed throughout the club’s 131 — year history. The event follows the ...

Brooks Memorial Hospital Week activities announced

Brooks Memorial Hospital, 529 Central Ave., Dunkirk has announced activities for Hospital Week. There will be a theme basket raffle in the Brooks’ lobby between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Support the hospital’s fund-raising efforts by purchasing one sheet of 25 tickets for ...

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Dunkirk Memorial Unit 62 meets Tuesday Dunkirk Memorial Unit 62 monthly meeting will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Post 62. Agenda items will include election of officers for 2018, election of delegates to the Department of NY American Legion Auxiliary Convention, distribution of poppies, ...