Sunday Lifestyles

Off the beaten track

“We are the best kept secret in northern Chautauqua — Cattaraugus Counties,” exclaimed Brad John, Director of the Cattaraugus Community Center on Route 438 in Irving. And according to some of the members with whom I spoke in the facility’s fitness center, that’s the way the ...

Kennel cough a concern

In the past few years, our clinic has seen sporadic outbreaks of Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (better known as kennel cough). We have seen these outbreaks once to twice yearly and these outbreaks have involved anywhere from 10 to 30 pets. The protocol at our clinic when we see a ...

DON’T FALL IN LOVE WITH SUGAR

Fancy red heart-shaped boxes of chocolates line store shelves and candy bars from Almond Joy to Zagnuts have been turned into heart shapes and packaged in red and white. Valentine’s Day is days away. You might show your love with flowers, a card, or something more creative, or you might ...

First job had one ‘Horrible’ memory

Orville “Horrible Orville” Hoover was my first boss. I didn’t give him that nickname and I feel sorry today even repeating it. I preferred calling him Mister Hoover, as he was Circulation Manager at the EVENING OBSERVER back when I started “pedaling papers” in 1962. I was the late ...

Glory Days

We live in an “instant” society. Do you want to talk to someone on the other side of the globe? Just pick up a phone. Better yet, you can use your computer or mobile device to talk face-to-face, free of charge. Need something from California? You can get it delivered in 24 hours. There’s ...

Poland felt sting of Hitler

The Hodorowicz family came to Dunkirk in 1954 when Sophie was six years old. I knew of Sophie when we were growing up. I knew she attended St. Hedwig’s elementary school and later Dunkirk High School where she was a grade ahead of me. I knew she spoke Polish, unlike many of us ...

Procrastinators can only wait so long

It has been a busy year since the Lifestyles Department has been my focus at the OBSERVER. In that time a learning process has taken place for this long-time resident. In that year I have found that there are more than enough opportunities in our local area for people to find something to do of ...

Let’s dance!

Ah, January — the month that tests New Year’s resolutions, the month that delivers such a let-down from the holiday hustle and bustle and good cheer, the month that brings snowy roads and cold temperatures. Yes, it’s January and time to get out, get some exercise, make new friends, and ...

New owner of Curves sees spike in fitness participation

By GIB SNYDER OBSERVER Lifestyles Editor There has been a change in the women-only fitness facility at the  D&F Plaza located in the city of Dunkirk. Mia Bamonto is the new owner of Curves and is excited about the opportunity. She was asked why she bought the Dunkirk ...

Simple ways to prevent exercise injuries

Special to the OBSERVER A desire to live a healthy, active life compels many people to include exercise in their daily routines. Numerous studies have shown that regular workouts that include a combination of strength training and cardiovascular exercise can make bodies less susceptible to ...

Zumba Gold the program for beginners

Zumba Gold is a class that is specially designed to cater to the needs of beginners of all ages, active older adults, and those just starting on their fitness journey. Unlike normal Zumba classes, Zumba Gold involves moving at a slower pace, but you are in control of your own movements — ...

Dunkirk resident Ray Rzepkowski  breaks the surface of Lake Erie during the recent Polar Bear Plunge in Silver Creek

Taking the chilly plunge

When people talk about the blistering heat of the desert, they often follow it up with the explanation “but it’s a dry heat.” And it’s true. I have visited places like Colorado with dry heat; it doesn’t feel quite as hot and uncomfortable as your mind thinks that it should. A dry ...

Dr. Rebekah Frost

For Pet’s Sake

There are many pets that come and go in our lives and we will never forget or replace these pets. They will remain in our memories forever and I am certain that we will see these pets again. I know for a fact that when I walk through those pearly gates at the end of my life, I will have an ...

Familiar refrain

“Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.” That is what Edward Bulwer-Lytton said and long-time music educators Nancy and John Krestic of Silver Creek would agree. In their classrooms and in their lives, they have experienced the joy and the power of ...

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Familiar refrain

“Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.” That is what Edward Bulwer-Lytton said and long-time music educators Nancy and John Krestic of Silver Creek would agree. In their classrooms and in their lives, they have experienced the joy and the power of ...

An oil painting titled “Choco Brownie” by Susan Forrester-Mackay

SWEET ON ART

If you’re looking for something to do on Jan. 20 after the inauguration of a new president is over, consider being a part of a “fun” fundraiser for the North Shore Arts Alliance. ChocoL’Art is not a banquet with a big meal. It’s not black-tie with lots of speeches. It is a ...

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Happy 91st birthday celebrated with party

On Oct. 5, four generations joined the celebration of Richard William Burlett’s 91st birthday. Clockwise from the top are son Richard W. the second; grandson, Richard W. the third; great-grandsons Maxton and Matten Burlett. Also in attendance were son, Alan Burlett; grandson A.J. and wife ...

Submitted Photo
Pictured is the 1968 Dunkirk Recreation League Class B Fastpitch softball championship Snyder Realty team. In front is bat boy Mike Dudek. First row from left: Chuck Dudek, Jim Ostrye, Jim McGraw, Jerry Falco, Gib Snyder, Jack Anderson and Tom Ronan. Back row: Dave Szczerbacki, Tom Jakubiec, Ang Terese, Fritz Koch, Tom Murray, Bill Hammond and Mike Flynn.

Do You Remember?

Submitted Photo Pictured is the 1968 Dunkirk Recreation League Class B Fastpitch softball championship Snyder Realty team. In front is bat boy Mike Dudek. First row from left: Chuck Dudek, Jim Ostrye, Jim McGraw, Jerry Falco, Gib Snyder, Jack Anderson and Tom Ronan. Back row: Dave ...

We’ve got it wrong about birds

There are some nature facts that people recite by rote.  Things like “Birds go south in the winter.” and “Birds migrate to warmer places to spend the winter.”  These facts have been repeated so often that they are taken for granted. In fact, they are mostly true, but people ...