Sunday Lifestyles

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...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 ...

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Tilley Sr.

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.

OBSERVER Photos by Marilyn Kurzawa
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 ...

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...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... ...

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...Gene Krampen, a graduate of Dunkirk High School Class of 2008, has been promoted to lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He is also a graduate of U.S. Navy Prep School, Class of 2009 and the U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 2013. He is currently stationed at and resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He ...

Bob with the Patriots 70s

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Submitted Photo Pictured are the Patriots Drum Corps performing in a downtown Fredonia parade in the 1970s.

This image from the Barker Museum shows the earlier Gothic style of the home and its twin, as they both appeared during the 19th century.

Hidden secrets of Fredonia hall

In the history of an antebellum structure, there are mysteries that slowly reveal themselves. Some are eventually resolved. The former Buttrick Hall at today’s 221 Central Ave. in Fredonia is a pre-Civil War building that uncovers some bittersweet chapters of its own past as well as the ...

Mrs. Bates purchased special circus T-shirts for her class as graduation gifts.

Brocton kindergartners hold a circus celebration

BROCTON — At Brocton Elementary, the circus came to town — Mrs. Bates’ Kindergarten Circus, that is! The students in Mrs. Bates class performed for their families and other students, singing songs and performing circus acts like walking a tight rope while balancing plates and cups and ...

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...Alyssa Cook, a resident of Westfield, was among 341 students from Genesee Community College who were named to the President’s List for the Spring 2017 semester. Students honored on the President’s List have maintained full-time enrollment and earned a quality point index of 3.75 (roughly ...

Perrysburg school 39-40

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Submitted by Donna (Fancher) Kuhlman Looking for help in identifying the people in this photo of the Perrysburg School grads 3-4-5 in 1939/40! Remembered names include Stang, Lacey, Arrigo, Bastido, Keppell, Krohn, Holloran, Mattison (twin girls) Thomasett. Thanks! Positively identified are ...

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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 ...

Photos by Andy Flynn
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 ...