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First United Presbyterian Church in Dunkirk has a new pastor. Rev. Rami Al Maqdasi arrived in Dunkirk via Buffalo after leaving his native Iraq. The pastor is pictured with his wife, Raya, who is holding their daughter Lisa and seven-year-old Marilyn.

A long trip from Iraq to Dunkirk

This is the story of the First United Presbyterian Church of Dunkirk’s new pastor, in his words. “I am Rami Al Maqdasi, a Christian minster from Basra city – Southern Iraq. I was born in a Christian family who are from ancient times, in the first centuries. I am married and have two ...

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At left:: United Way of Northern Chautauqua County Executive Director Deb Tederous reads “Where the Wild Things Are” to Head-Start Pre-K students. Above: Dunkirk School 3 students choose books as part of the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County’s Month of Literacy book giveaway.

UWNCC goes wild for reading

By NICOLE GUGINO OBSERVER City Editor In reading “Where the Wild Things Are” and giving books to students, the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County found children in Dunkirk are wild for reading. April marks Month of the Young Child and for several years United Way of Northern ...

Doll Day at #5PG 1962

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Submitted Photo Pictured are participants in a 1962 “Doll Day” at School 5 playground in Dunkirk.

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Learning how to be ready for whatever’s next

Preparing for disaster BY DIANE R. CHODAN OBSERVER LIFESTYLES CONTRIBUTOR The adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” reminds us that we need to be prepared for many eventualities. These days, however, the mathematics of preparedness is more exacting. A seven-to-10-day ...

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Above: This British bateau from the French and Indian War was raised from the bottom of Lake George in 1960. Below right: New York State Museum Senior Historian Aaron Noble.

State museum houses artifacts from French and Indian War

By ANDY FLYNN Special to the OBSERVER ROTTERDAM — It doesn’t look like a boat anymore, but the wooden remnants of a bateau in the cavernous New York State Museum storage facility help tell the story of Great Britain’s North American conquest during the French and Indian War. The bottom ...

piggyback races 1962

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Submitted Photo Pictured are participants in a piggyback race at a Dunkirk playground in 1962. At right is Recreation Director Don Rozumalski.

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Above: Myra Pinker stands at the sign designating the first hole at Rose Brook Golf Course.  At each hole there is a sign donated by an individual or a business. This one is dedicated to her parents, who were influential in her decision to buy the golf course. Right: Joey Miller uses a weed wacker to help keep Rose Brook looking good.

New careers lead to owning golf course

of retirement as a time to kick back, relax, try out some new hobbies or continue ones that have been underway for years. Most people do not think of retirement from a life-long career as a time to buy a golf course and start a whole new business, as did Gary Cerne, long-time superintendent of ...

Making the healthy choice

By THE CHAUTAUQUA HEALTH ACTION TEAM Imagine this scenario: You walk into the safety awards celebration at work. You say hi to a few friends, and then glance toward the spread on the conference room table. Your mouth starts to water when you see the chips with Bison Dip, chicken wing dip, and ...

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Pictured above members of a World War II flight crew. Norbert Karcher is seen second from the left in the front row. He died from wounds suffered during his second mission. Pictured below are John and Ambrose Karcher, during World War I. Top left is John Karcher’s military discharge form. Below left is an envelope and letter that were part of correspondence sent during World War I.

One family’s connection to world wars

Memorial Day (first known as Decoration Day) is almost upon us. Beginning after the Civil War, those who died during that conflict in the Union were honored. (The South honored Confederate dead on a different day but also decorated the graves of their soldiers.) After World War I, the day was ...

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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 ...

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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

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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

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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.