Sunday Lifestyles

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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Learning on job

By BEVERLY KEHE-ROWLAND Special to the OBSERVER GOWANDA — The saying “if you want something done, ask a busy person to do it,” applies to Sarah Gabel of Gowanda. The pastor’s wife, home-schooling mom of five boys and entrepreneur, has a gift of making it all work. After their ...

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Beware spring’s dangers

Spring is officially here! With the welcome change in the weather, there are some spring dangers to be aware of with our pets. Below I will discuss how to protect your pets in the upcoming months. 1. Beware of what lies beneath — As the snow is melting, things are surfacing that could pose ...

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Tricia Kent and Ricky Laurito

Tricia Kent and Ricky Laurito, together with their families, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Chris and Jim Kent of Hanford Bay. The prospective groom is the son of MaryLou Laurito of Fredonia and Rick and Sandy Laurito, also of Fredonia. Kent graduated from ...

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Pictured are the Dunkirk School 4 students who raised money during the recent Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser sponsored by the American Heart Association.

School 4 students learn about keeping hearts healthy

February is heart health month and students at Dunkirk School 4 learned just that. Students learned about their hearts and the importance of keeping their hearts healthy by diet and exercise. Students also participated in a Jump Rope for Heart fund-raiser event sponsored by the American Heart ...

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Just between us

United States Marine Corps Second Lieutenant Nicholas D. Caccamise graduated from a rigorous 18 week Military Police Officers Basic Course in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He is a 2010 graduate of Forestville Central School; after high school graduation he completed Marine Corps Recruit ...

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First day of the journey

Tony and Gloria (Espina) Popielarz were married on June 30, 1973 at St. Joseph’s Church, Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls, New York. Pictured with the bride and groom are the wedding party. Top down stairs: Joseph Dobek, Don Michalak, Ron Zurawski, Tom Mozgawa, Raymond Espina Jr. and William ...

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Time flies when you’re having fun with spouse

Again, it is time to thank everyone who contributed their pictures and information for this vintage weddings effort — and to Vicki Notaro, the chief organizer in the Lifestyles department. Where did the last year go? At our house, my better half is the chief organizer, if it was up to me ...

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Mr. and Mrs. Peter (Josephine) Notaro

Peter Robert Notaro and Josephine Elizabeth Barone were married in April of 1944 at Holy Trinity Church in Dunkirk. They lived in Fredonia throughout their married lives. Peter worked at the Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corporation until his retirement. Josephine worked at Bell Aircraft in Buffalo ...

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Mr. and Mrs. Walter (Lottie) Strek

Walter and Lottie Strek were married in 1933. They were the parents of Robert Strek, Sylvia Bosquet, Celia Quinn and Wally Strek. Lottie was the mother of Butch, Henry and Joseph Hochstine and also the mother of Nancy Velzy and Mary Nichols.

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Mr. and Mrs. Norman (Maureen) Glowniak

Miss Maureen McCarthy and Mr. Norman Glowniak exchanged nuptial vows on Saturday, Aug. 13, 1977 at Holy Trinity Church in Dunkirk. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Alan (Marie) Stuhlmiller of Dunkirk and Mr. Thomas McCarthy of Albany. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter (Jane) Glowniak ...

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Mr. and Mrs. Raymond (MaryJane) Rutkowski

MaryJane Sobota and Raymond Rutkowski were married in Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church in Buffalo, New York, on June 10, 1967. Attendants were Rich Kardach, Adrienne Dados Kerr, Dennis Rutkowski, Marge Picciano, Lorraine Rutkowski Golden, Robert Skurzewski, Janice Perruzini and Ron ...