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Rebekah Lodge celebrates new, longest-serving members of organization

Stockton Star Rebekah Lodge 395 participated in the Fredonia History Days Parade earlier this month. Five long-standing members including Helen Piersons, a 74-year member, were joined by two new members for the event. With a combined total of 179 years of community service the ladies were very ...

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The love of her life gone forever

Editor’s note: This is the prologue of the book “My Dear Jen,” written by Rosamond Gillespie Burns and George H. Burns III. This is the second of a continuing series, which takes readers back to the struggles of World War I. Reluctantly, I followed my mother Jennie, my older brother Don ...

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Kathy Fox takes her last swing with Fredonia Contra Dancers

Kathy Fox started the Fredonia First Friday Contra Dances in 1995, as a way for locals to regularly enjoy the traditional Celtic dance she grew up with in New England. Her hope was to create something that was fun, family-friendly, easily accessible, affordable, and welcomed all regardless of ...

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Audubon part of July 29 to 30 nature festival at Panama Rocks

PANAMA — With the opportunity to celebrate nature and all things inspired by it, plus fun and activities for all ages, the staff and volunteers at Audubon Community Nature Center are looking forward to being part of the inaugural Wild America Nature Festival. The two-day event on Saturday ...

A naturalist’s year

Every season has its own sound. Summer is the sound of insects buzzing in the fields, of birds chirping in the wee hours of the morning and of hawks screaming in the sky. Imagining those sounds brings memories of camping sunrises with birds all around in a deafening chorus and of hot humid ...

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Helping your pets overcome anxieties

The Fourth of July has come and gone and with this holiday there were many discussions with pet owners and prescriptions were written in regard to one of the most common anxieties we deal with in our pets: Noise and Storm Phobias. Many dogs suffer this time of year from anxieties due to ...

Jennie Schumacher Gillespie at 100 years old.

‘If I Could Paint or Draw, You Could See it All!’

Editor’s note: This is the preface of the book “My Dear Jen,” Editor’s note: This is the preface of the book “My Dear Jen,” written by Rosamond Gillespie Burns. This is the first of a continuing series, which takes readers back to the struggles of World War I. “My Dear Jen” is ...

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Pictured are the outstanding sewers at the 2017 4-H Fashion Revue.

4-H Fashion Revue proves “There’s no place like 4-H”

JAMESTOWN — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s 4-H Youth Development Program’s annual Fashion Revue was held at Park United Methodist Church in Sinclairville on May 12 with the Country Critters 4-H club hosting the event. This year’s theme was “There’s No Place ...

JROTC provides cadets leadership challenge

Special to the OBSERVER Its Wet, It’s Sandy, It’s High, It’s Wooded, it’s Adventurous and it’s hard work! It’s the Western NY JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Course) Cadet Leadership Challenge held annually in Angola at Camp Pioneer. Seven of the Western NY JROTC programs ...

Partners in Kind: Caring for the community

Forty young adults sat quietly in Alumni Hall on the SUNY Fredonia campus on June 28. Melissa Pietrkiewicz, founder of Partners in Kind of Chautauqua County, had captured their attention with her introduction. They were focused on her every word. The Upward Bound students had come to assemble ...

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Wild America: The fruits of summer

Among the simple joys of living in our area are the ability to buy fresh, local produce from a farm-stand or farmer’s market, or pick your own fruit from your home garden or orchard. Chautauqua County is one of the most important agricultural counties in New York State and our strong farming ...

Just between us…

...Ryan Deas of Fredonia recently graduated from Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School in Kingston, Pennsylvania during the school’s 173rd Commencement. While a postgraduate student at Sem he competed on the prep boys ice hockey team. He will attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, ...

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From left: Fredonia High School graduates Kaelyn Hadley, Sydney Swan and Jacob Lesswing each received a Fredonia Central School Education Assistance Fund scholarship.

FCS Education Assistance Fund scholarships awarded

For 56 years, the Fredonia Central School Education Assistance Fund has provided scholarship awards to Fredonia High School graduates. This year, the group is proud to announce three more recipients of this scholarship. Jacob Lesswing will be attending SUNY Brockport in the fall as a business ...

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Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Tilley Sr.

On July 1, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Tilley Sr. celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. Married on Jan. 2, 1952, the celebration was given by their children Robin (Ron) Frazita, Eugene Tilley Jr., Cheryl (Keith) DeJoe, Mark (Sherry) Tilley and Charles (Gloria) Tilley. They also have 14 ...

A perfect 10: E2CCB Special Education students graduate

The Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES held a senior recognition ceremony June 20 for the 10 graduates of the Special Education division at the LoGuidice Educational Center in Fredonia. Supervisor of Special Education Melanie Ulinger welcomed the graduates, their family and friends. ...

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Fredonia High School Spectator staff holds end-of-year dinner

The 2016-17 Spectator staff recently received awards from both the New York Press Association and the Western New York School Press Association as well as staff awards at their end-of-year dinner at the Clarion Windjammer restaurant. Staff members include: (first row) Casey Huber and Cam ...

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Do you remember?

Pictured is the White Eagle Bakery on Doughty Street in Dunkirk in 1931. From left behind the counter are Jenny Pokrzywka and Hedwig Pokrzywka.

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Above: Hanford Bay residents and guests celebrate the Fourth of July with a fireworks display at the beach. Below: Andy Allaire leads the Hanford Bay Fourth of July parade.

Celebrating the Declaration of Independence!

Hanford Bay residents stay with tradition By MARILYN KURZAWA OBSERVER Lifestyles Correspondent The Fourth of July is many people’s favorite summer holiday. In some parts of the country, it marks the beginning of summer, and in many places, it offers the opportunity to gather with family ...

Water does a heart good

By THE CHAUTAUQUA HEALTH ACTION TEAM Conjure up a relaxing scene, and there is a good chance that scene involves waves breaking on the beach, a quiet stream deep in the woods, or the sun setting over one of our lakes. The most iconic images of relaxation all seem to involve water. It’s a ...

Just between us

...Kyle Goodrich of Forestville, a graduate of Forestville Central School, will be majoring in mechanical engineering. and Robert C. Johnston of Fredonia, a graduate of Fredonia High School, will be majoring in environmental engineering at Clarkson University as members of the Class of 2021... ...