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Mr. Tranquist

Portland man uses gourds to make unique creations

PORTLAND — Instead of the traditional paint on canvas, Portland’s Arnold Tranquist uses a different medium to create artwork: gourds. Over the course of two years, Tranquist estimates that he’s created more than 200 artistic gourds. No two are quite the same. Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on ...

Senior news

Brocton Portland Seniors Brocton Portland Seniors are sponsoring bus trip to Salamanca Casino on June 20. The cost of $25 includes a free buffet and $30 slot play. Call Rita Stonefoot at 792-4565 for reservations by May 30. The bus leaves from Brocton Legion at 9 a.m. and returns about 4 p.m. ...

Memorial Unit 62 elects officers

A meeting of Dunkirk Memorial Unit 62 was called to order by President Audrey Miga on Tuesday, May 9 at 7 p.m. Chaplain Lucinda Simpson read the opening prayer. The Pledge of Allegiance and Preamble to the Constitution were led by Miga and recited by those in attendance. Secretary Jean Sutton ...

Dunkirk Public Library sets summer events

The Dunkirk Public Library, located at 536 Central Ave., has announced its summer events schedule. Call the library at 366-2511 for details about any of the programs. Carnival at the Dunkirk Public Library: Wednesday, June 28 from 2 to 4 p.m., in the library back yard. Kids 2 to 10 years old ...

Barker Library hosting celebration of childhood on Tuesday

A celebration of childhood, growth and a lifelong love of reading is planned to welcome the addition of four original paintings by Fredonia High School art students to the Darwin R. Barker Library’s Children’s Room. On Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., the public is invited to attend the reception at ...

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Chautauqua District OES hosts Grand Associate Matron and Patron

Submitted Photo On Sunday, May 7, Chautauqua District OES hosted Grand Matron Jodelle Fletcher and Grand Patron David P. Colbert and their staff of Grand Officers at the Firemen’s Club in Silver Creek. Chautauqua District 2017 Grand Officers are: RW Mary Prue, District Deputy Grand Matron; ...

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Shown in the photograph receiving the check for the Sinclairville 76ers meals on wheels program for the purchase of a new van: NCCF representative Jim Holton (left) presents a $5,000 check to the 76ers vice president John Sipos.

Sinclairville 76ers Meals on Wheels receives grant

SINCLAIRVILLE — The Sinclairville 76ers Meals on Wheels program for the Cassadaga Valley area received a grant from the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation at the Spring 2017 community grants awards in the Fredonia College Technology Incubator. The Sinclairville 76ers group delivers ...

NCCA holds last meeting until fall

The Northern Chautauqua Clubs Associates recently held their last regular meeting of the season at the World War II Veterans Club in Dunkirk. Cas “Butch” Piglowski welcomed the group to his club. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a moment of silence for ...

Chadwick Bay Chapter of New York State Women Inc. celebrating 75th year

The Chadwick Bay Chapter of New York State Women Inc., formerly known as Dunkirk Fredonia Business and Professional Women, will be celebrating its 75th charter year this June. The group strives to make a difference in the lives of working women personally, professionally and politically, as per ...

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MAST Industrial Services Director Jehuu Caulcrick presents the STEP Ahead Award to Lori Jafarjian of Cummins.

MAST annual meeting recognizes women in manufacturing

JAMESTOWN — With a special recognition for the role of women in manufacturing careers, the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier held its Annual Meeting Thursday at Artone, 1089 Allen Street. Young women who are students at the Jamestown Community College Manufacturing Technology ...

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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 ...

Just between us

...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, ...