Sunday Lifestyles

Holy Trinity’s newest sign spreads warmth in the winter.

What’s so funny?

Local Catholics display sense of humor By DIANE R. CHODAN OBSERVER Lifestyles Contributor For about a year and a half, the changing slogans on Holy Trinity Church’s outdoor sign board have provided humor as well as provoked thought. Located in front of the church at 1032 Central Ave. in ...

Sketch of the Thomas G. Abell house from the 1851 Map of Fredonia.

From stagecoaches to funerals: Famous home evolves in Fredonia

By DOUGLAS H. SHEPARD Special to the OBSERVER An OBSERVER story of Dec. 17, 2017 featured Mark Twain’s sister, who lived on Central Avenue in Fredonia. The home of Charles Webster, Mark Twain’s nephew-in-law, was also discussed and shown in that article. There is even more to the ...

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Do you remember?

Submitted Photo This picture was in the OBSERVER’S April 15, 1966 issue commemorating the open house of the new Dunkirk High School. The caption read: Mrs. Jeanne Lamberson, cadet teacher from Fredonia State University College, checks senior Beth Schafer’s composition work in Robert ...

Photos by Marilyn Kurzawa
Above: Rena Fox is pictured cutting the ribbon to open Rena’s Rustiques, a shop which features her creations, many from used items she has found or purchased. The shop also sponsors workshops, painting parties and helps with fundraisers for people with medical issues.

Life-long goal comes true for shop owner

Nurse retires uniform to realize dream By MARILYN KURZAWA OBSERVER Correspondent Fulfilling a dream seems to be a theme with entrepreneurial women who own their own businesses. Rena Fox is no exception. After 20 years as an emergency room nurse, working at Lake Shore Hospital (now TLC), ...

Letting people help you is a good thing

This month’s CHQ250 column could be one short wellness tip, and it would be this: Let people help you. If our society showed a firm understanding of this concept of helping and allowing yourself to be helped, then this article would stop there. Since there seems to be a bit of room for ...

Just between us

...On Nov. 25, 2017, Lt. Nicholas and Elizabeth Caccamise of San Onofre, California welcomed a son, Jack Douglas, to their family. His siblings, Parker, Amelia and Waylon were thrilled. Jack is the grandson of Doug and Peggy Prince of Silver Creek and Dave and Andrea Caccamise of Forestville. ...

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Do you remember?

Submitted Photo Pictured is the Dunkirk Diner which was located at 438 Main St. in the city. Seen behind it is the former Rue-kert’s Sales building which is now a medical office.

Hunter Noody

Scout collects books to benefit adult literacy

Hunter Noody, Star Scout, from Boy Scout Troop 267, Fredonia recently completed his Citizenship in the Community merit badge. This is one of the required merit badges for the Eagle Scout rank, which Hunter is hoping to someday achieve. Hunter needed to identify a charitable organization outside ...

Seniors celebrate the season

BROCTON — Banks of melting snow weren’t exactly “White Christmas” weather, but inside the J.W. Dill Post 434 of the American Legion, all was “merry and bright” for the Brocton/Portland Senior Citizens Christmas buffet. Members of the group, dressed in their Christmas finery, were ...

Lakeshore Humane Society to hold Pet Adoption Day/Open House

The Lakeshore Humane Society will hold a Pet Adoption Day/Open House at its Adoption Center on Saturday, Jan. 6 from noon to 4 p.m. The center is located at 431 E. Chestnut St., Dunkirk. Come to see the facility, and meet some of the dogs and cats who need caring homes. If unable to come to ...

Xmas Ellman's?

Decorations mark the holiday season

OBSERVER Photos by Gib Snyder and Karen Cannon Pictured are some of the homes in the local area that are nicely decorated for the holidays.

What it really means

A Christmas Story By SAM MANCUSO As the Youth Minister at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish for over 30 years, I have seen and encountered many heart rendering stories associated with the Christmas Basket Program at the Church. This is my favorite. I retired in 2006, but the program still ...

EMCA luncheon

Do you remember?

Submitted Photo Pictured are members of the Elderly Men’s Cockeyed Association at their annual holiday party held at the Dunkirk Club, located at 629 Central Ave., in 1987.

Photos Courtesy of Darwin R. Barker Historical Museum (McLaren Collection)
Top: Four generations of Mark Twain’s family were photographed circa 1880 in Fredonia where they lived for several decades. Above, at far left is Twain’s mother, Jane Clemens. At the far right is his sister, Pamelia Moffett, a founder of the WCA Home in Fredonia. In the center are Pamelia’s daughter, Annie Webster, and Annie’s daughter, Alice Jane.

Mark Twain’s sister and WCA Home

Special to the OBSERVER One of the women who first joined the Woman’s Christian Association in Fredonia was Mark Twain’s sister, Pamelia Ann Clemens Moffett, who worked to open the WCA Home for Aged women in 1892. Today, the home still operates as an assisted living facility with ...

Dr. Rebekah Frost

For Pet’s Sake: Saying goodbye during the holidays

I come into work Monday morning and look at my schedule for the day. Not one, not two, but three euthanasias for the day. Immediately my mood shifts to a sense of sadness and dread as I approach my day as a Veterinarian at the Dunkirk Animal Clinic. But this time of year is Christmas! It is the ...

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Do you remember?

Submitted Photo The home of Edwin and Arlene DeJesus on the 100 block of Ruggles Street in Dunkirk contains an estimated 8,000 lights as part of the family’s Christmas display in 1997.

Emerson Dodd gives Santa a Christmas card at the Breakfast with Santa event in Westfield. It was a magical Christmas moment!

The sorrows and joys of the season

By TONJA DODD Christmas often gives us a reason to pause and reflect on life. Cancer took three people close to me this year, far too early — two at age 45 — a college friend, Lisa Levin; a lifetime friend, Jake Lawson and a family friend, Troy Little, at age 50. Three good people. ...

Mary Ann Herrington

The mystique of Midnight Mass — then and now

Even as a young child growing up in the ‘50s, I was aware that Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve was something special. Although I had not yet attended one, I would often hear my mother mention this annual Mass at St. Hedwig’s Church, while adding a comment or two about “the man with the ...

Speckulatius cookies

Remembering Antwerp

By DIANE R. CHODAN I can still retrieve some of what I learned in 1969 — een, twee, vier, vijf, zes, zeven, acht, negen, tien. Yes, I can keep going and count to 100. There are single words like ahlstublieft (please), ja (yes), and nee (no). Then there are phrases — smakelijk eten, (enjoy ...