Sunday Lifestyles

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 ...

Dr. Rebekah Frost

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 ...

Sheridan land donation

Do you remember?

Submitted Photo In this May 18, 1977 photo, City of Dunkirk Mayor Gilbert Snyder signs a document to turn over 27 acres of city airport property to the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency. The property is for the new Ferranti-Packard electric transformer plant. Watching the ...

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Spot a stroke ‘F.A.S.T.’

By THE CHAUTAUQUA HEALTH ACTION TEAM Stroke is currently the third leading cause of death with more than 140,000 people dying from stroke in the United States. On average someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. A stroke occurs when a clot blocks the blood supply to the ...

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Wednesdays with Amy: Let the ride begin

This is part two of a three-part series. By RICH GOODMAN and AMY PING Special to the OBSERVER So it should be mentioned that while Amy’s tandem was being brought back to life, there was a lot that needed to be done, such as learning the techniques needed for tandem riding. ...

1977 slo pitch beach house

Do you remember?

Submitted Photo Pictured are members of the Beach House “Green Machine” that played in the first year of Dunkirk Recreation slo-pitch softball in 1977. Front row from left: Jim Szukala, Jim Myers, Lou Myers, John Davis, John Randazzo and Joe Repasch. Back row: Al Szopinski, Russ DeLong, ...

OBSERVER Photo by Damian Sebouhian Students, teachers, and parents parade through the BOCES LoGuidice Center building celebrating Autism awareness.

Bringing out the best in students takes a team

By DAMIAN SEBOUHIAN OBSERVER Correspondent “I love my job,” said Maureen Bialaszewski, special education teacher at the BOCES LoGuidice Center in Fredonia. “I’ve been teaching for 37 years, and every day is different. You go home exhausted, but you go home feeling ...

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Wednesdays with Amy: Let the ride begin

By RICH GOODMAN and AMY PING Special to the OBSERVER One day in the spring of 2016, a young lady named Amy happened to remember a blue Schwinn “bicycle built for two,” which she recalled riding on warm summer days with her mother and father at their home in a small town in ...

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Pictured are the 1984 Dunkirk Little League officers. Front row from left: Jim Stearns, Chester “Tosco” Gliwa, Ed “Cherry” Wisniewski and Frank Iskra. Back row: Bob Uszacki, Jack Peterson, Jim Ellman and Bill Fitzer.

Do you remember?

Submitted Photo Pictured are the 1984 Dunkirk Little League officers. Front row from left: Jim Stearns, Chester “Tosco” Gliwa, Ed “Cherry” Wisniewski and Frank Iskra. Back row: Bob Uszacki, Jack Peterson, Jim Ellman and Bill Fitzer.

Although Audrey’s main office was first located at the chapel and later at the gate house pictured here, both she and Michaelene were on call 24 hours a day from their homes for more than 30 years each.

No longer plotting along

Grieving families in our community often have very little time to locate a final resting place for their lost loved ones. However, for several decades, families in the midst of that struggle were fortunate to have two dignified ladies to ease the interment process at the Town of Pomfret’s ...

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Northern Chautauqua Catholic School students are pictured working on math challenges with the help of future math teachers from SUNY Fredonia.

Future math teachers challenge NCCS students

Special to the OBSERVER Future math teachers from SUNY Fredonia recently filled the gymnasium at Northern Chautauqua Catholic School with various intriguing, exciting, and brightly colored math games and challenges, inviting elementary students to participate in fun ways to develop problem ...

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Above: Precious, a 10-year-old lab mix who was recently adopted from the Lakeshore Humane Society, poses with the Easter Bunny (Rich Carpenter) at the shelter’s recent “Picture your pet with the Easter Bunny” fundraiser. LHS would like to thank everyone who attends events, donates items and money, and volunteers at the shelter and annual fundraisers.

Dogs, cats, community: LHS thanks supporters

By REBECCA CUTHBERT OBSERVER Staff Writer Anyone who has visited a Lakeshore Humane Society Adoption Day in Dunkirk knows that inside those doors, happy, hectic, and heartwarming activity happens all at once. Visitors can also see that as busy as the volunteers are, there’s no way they ...

Dr. Rebekah Frost

For Pet’s Sake

Happy Easter from the Dunkirk Animal Clinic! Our Easter traditions on this day include dressing up in our finest to attend an Easter Sunday church service, Easter egg hunting, and ham dinner with family to follow. Many people travel for vacation or to visit relatives. On this holiday weekend, ...

OBSERVER Photo by Vicki Notaro
Standing next to the Boy Scout Law characteristics are four of the people most involved in the “Do a Good Turn Daily Challenge,” left to right: Scout Justin Powell, resident Virginia Nedvesky, Training Coordinator Heidi Powell, and Scout Jacob Thompson.

Scouts live slogan and “Do a Good Turn Daily”

By VICKI NOTARO OBSERVER Lifestyles Assistant Step into the shoes of a local lady. It’s autumn. You and your husband hope to celebrate your 64th wedding anniversary November 29, but his health is declining. It looks as though a long, cold, lonely winter lies ahead. Your children live out ...

OBSERVER Photos by Diane R. Chodan
Above: Members of the National Society United States Daughters of 1812, Dunkirk Lighthouse board members, and Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas gathered at the memorial after the dedication. Left to right, front: National Treasurer and NYC Chapter Registrar Ann Farley, 4th Vice President National and State Historian Mary Raye Casper, State President Beverly Sterling-Affinati, Charlotte Lasher, State Chaplain pro tem Elfreda Stangland, and Dunkirk Mayor Rosas. Back row: State Chairman Doreen Cesari, Dunkirk Lighthouse Events Coordinator David Briska, and Dunkirk Lighthouse President Michael Vinciguerra.

Finding something to do

By DIANE R. CHODAN OBSERVER Correspondent It’s not “written in stone;” but the metal plaque honoring Celea (Sampson) “Widow” Cole for her role in the War of 1812 is attached to a stone. This plaque, like something written in stone, is meant to be permanent and unchanging. It ...

Family History Fest is returning to Jamestown for its third year

JAMESTOWN — This event was attended by hundreds of local and regional residents last year. Participants enjoyed the level of instruction and free resources made available to help them research their family history, otherwise known as genealogy. Those who have pondered where and when their ...

The Chadwick Bay Academy of Dance Irish dancers under the direction of Irish dance teacher Jessie McKenna presented a program of Irish Dancing for these residents at St. Columban’s on the Lake Retirement Home in Silver Creek.

Dance academy goes Irish at St. Columban’s

By DIANE R. CHODAN OBSERVER Lifestyles Contributor SHERIDAN — Residents at St. Columban’s on the Lake Retirement Home recently received a post-St. Paddy’s Day treat when the Irish Dance students from Chadwick Bay Academy of Dance, under the direction of their teacher, Jessie McKenna, ...

Living longer

By THE CHAUTAUQUA HEALTH ACTION TEAM What does it take to live a long, healthy life? Places where an extraordinary number of residents live to be 100 may hold the key. Several years ago, demographers Gianni Pes and Michel Poulain identified regions with significantly higher percentage of ...