Sunday Lifestyles

Emerson Dodd gives Santa a Christmas card at the Breakfast with Santa event in Westfield. It was a magical Christmas moment!

The sorrows and joys of the season

By TONJA DODD Christmas often gives us a reason to pause and reflect on life. Cancer took three people close to me this year, far too early — two at age 45 — a college friend, Lisa Levin; a lifetime friend, Jake Lawson and a family friend, Troy Little, at age 50. Three good people. ...

Mary Ann Herrington

The mystique of Midnight Mass — then and now

Even as a young child growing up in the ‘50s, I was aware that Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve was something special. Although I had not yet attended one, I would often hear my mother mention this annual Mass at St. Hedwig’s Church, while adding a comment or two about “the man with the ...

Speckulatius cookies

Remembering Antwerp

By DIANE R. CHODAN I can still retrieve some of what I learned in 1969 — een, twee, vier, vijf, zes, zeven, acht, negen, tien. Yes, I can keep going and count to 100. There are single words like ahlstublieft (please), ja (yes), and nee (no). Then there are phrases — smakelijk eten, (enjoy ...

Three things you can change in your holiday meal plan

By Else Alonge Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s EFNEP Program would like to provide changes you can make this holiday season to help keep off those extra pounds. While we certainly aren’t advocating you become the scrooge of holiday meals, we are suggesting that with ...

This Christmas bag went between Ruth and Juli from 1995 to 2016.

The Christmas Bag

By JULIANNE ROOT “To: Juli From: Ruth 1995,” the tag read on the blue Christmas gift bag decorated with Santa Claus and the reindeer in flight. Thus began a yearly tradition between one of my best friends, Ruth Wilson, and me! In 1996 I used the same gift bag for some of Ruth’s ...

The Angola Railroad Disaster - Wrecks of the cars. Sketched by Erasmus W. Smith) for the HARPERS WEEKLY newspaper dated Jan. 11, 1868.

Deadly 1867 Angola train wreck to be commemorated

ANGOLA — Almost 150 years ago one of the world's worst and deadliest train accidents occurred just 1/2 mile away from the center of the village of Angola. One week prior to Christmas, on Dec. 18, 1867, passengers on their way to New York City had mostly boarded in Cleveland, Ohio and were ...

Alleg-=Ludlum xmas prty

Do you remember?

Submitted Photo Allegheny-Ludlum’s Dunkirk salaried employees celebrated Christmas in 1967 with a party at Shorewood Country Club. Pictured from left are: Tania Bamonto, Chico Ardillo, Helgard and Duke LaBarbera, along with Norma and Charlie St. George.

Shirley Erbsmehl displays the plain white tablecloth that is almost completely filled with hundreds of signatures and distinctive drawings placed there by people who have dined at their home since 1978.

Shirley Erbsmehl and the ‘Famous Tablecloth’

Dinner guests have signed in for nearly 40 years By MARILYN KURZAWA Lifestyles Correspondent November is a month when giving thanks comes naturally. We have Veterans Day first, and then Thanksgiving, so people are accustomed to thinking about the things for which they are grateful, and ...


Tips for heart-healthy holidays

Everyone expects the holidays to be a joyous time spent with family events, celebratory meals, and festive traditions. Keep in mind, though, that a combination of stress and merriment can mean a heightened risk for heart attacks and heart related deaths over the holiday season. We want you ...

Just between us

...Gena Eberhardt from Silver Creek and assigned to the Company A, 642nd Support Battalion received a promotion to the rank of Sergeant. Richard Johnston from Westfield and assigned to the Company A, 642nd Support Battalion received a promotion to the rank of Private. Army National Guard ...

C League Champs

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Submitted Photo The Angolob Judo team won the 1971-72 Dunkirk City League basketball C league title. Pictured in the front row from left are Al Mayott, Gene Hamernik, Chuck Graves and Rick Fowler. In the second row are Ron Vetter, Al Kaymore, chairman of the city Recreation Commission, Tom ...

December Skies

“Follow the evidence wherever it leads, and question everything” — Neil deGrasse Tyson The little planet Mercury is lost in the solar glare during most of December as it swings between Earth and the sun. It will reappear very low in the east before dawn at the end of the month. Venus ...

Photos courtesy of Barker Library and Sam Drayo
At top: View from atop old fire hall showing rubble.

The night Fredonia ‘boomed’

Boiler explosion in 1910 ripped downtown By GIB SNYDER Lifestyles Editor Downtown Fredonia has had its share of less-than-pleasant events over the years. One such incident occurred on Dec. 15, 1910 and is part of a Barker Library display, including several pictures, that chronicles the ...

Jen in her Volunteers of America uniform.

‘My Dear Jen’: Notes from a proud father

Editor’s note: This is the third portion of Chapter Three of the book “My Dear Jen,” written by Rosamond Gillespie Burns and George H. Burns III. This is another of a continuing series, which takes readers back to the struggles of World War I. March 13, 1913 My dear Jen. I told you ...

Rick Marable, Frank Koletar, Dave Kurzawa and Mark Halter moving a piano out of the house at 29 Monroe St.

Making progress one at a time

Habitat for Humanity repairs Silver Creek home SILVER CREEK — The Chautauqua Area Habitat for Humanity, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is working hard toward the ultimate goal of HfHI, which is to create a world where everyone has a decent place to live. After the recent ...


Pets we are thankful for

By DR. REBEKAH FROST “Stella” was a starved calico- and white-spotted young female kitty that was found wandering on one of our employee’s porches. She was skin and bones and desperate for love and attention. She was brought to the clinic and immediately took a liking to Miranda, one ...

CC FB champs

Do you remember

Submitted Photo Pictured is the undefeated 1987 Dunkirk Tough Football League championship Columbus Club team. Pictured in the front row from left are: Buddy Battaglia, Alex Don, Vin Manzella, John Taddio, Gib Snyder, Robert Calph and Dan Nalepa. In the middle row are: Rick Kozlowski, Steve ...

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Col. Thomas J. Parker the civilian.

Gowanda resident served well

Col. Thomas Jefferson Parker: A leader and Civil War hero and leader By PHIL PALEN Special to the OBSERVER GOWANDA — After more than a century since his death, a Civil War officer from Gowanda finally has a monument honoring his life and military service. In October, the Village of ...


Why so high?

“Why are our rates of heart attack and stroke so high in Chautauqua County?” CHQ250 partners continue to hear this question almost every time we are out talking about cardiovascular disease and prevention. It’s a good question, because our heart attack and stroke rates ARE very high ...

Iwo Jima

Do you remember?

Submitted Photo Pictured are members of the Second Battalion, Twenty-third Marines taking shelter on the first terrace above the beach at Iwo Jima in February, 1945 as they form their battle plan after landing.