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OBSERVER Photos by Marilyn Kurzawa
Above: John Hilliker squeezing the ink through a silk screen at Hae Jude Custom Signs. Far left: Laurie Bifaro standing behind the desk at A Cut Above the Rest. Left: Judy Hilliker holding a large decal printed on this machine.

A sign of the times in Silver Creek

By MARILYN KURZAWA Lifestyles Correspondent “Do what you love and the money will come.” This popular saying has led Judy Hilliker of Hae Jude Signs and Laurie Bifaro of A Cut Above the Rest to start and maintain strong businesses in Silver Creek. Judy Hilliker started her adventures ...

Dr. Rebekah Frost

Designer breeds: Are they for me?

Golden-Doodle, Labradoodle, Pomapoo, Puggle, Schnoodle, Chorkie, Chiweenie, Pomsky, and Cockapoo: these are just a few of the up and coming “designer” dog breeds that have become so popular in our society. Many people are now jumping on the bandwagon to purchase one of these designer ...

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Pictured are attendees at the 63rd gathering of the Pagano family reunion at Willow Creek Winery.

Pagano family reunion celebrates 63 years of gatherings

It was a beautiful, sunny day along with the setting among the grapes when the Pagano family celebrated their 63rd family reunion. There were about 125 people present at Willow Creek Winery in Sheridan on Saturday, July 29. Many of the relatives were born in the town of Sheridan. The event ...

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Fredonia High School Class of 1967 celebrates 50-year reunion

Submitted Photo With reunion events filling three days from July 21 to 23, nearly 60 classmates of the Fredonia High School Class of 1967 celebrated 50 years since their graduation. A picnic gathering at the home of Mary Lou Lefferts Vercant kicked off the weekend. On Saturday, July 22, ...

Descendants of Thomas Wayte celebrate 136th reunion

STOCKTON — Descen-dants of Thomas Wayte, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1634, celebrated the families' 136th reunion on Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Stockton Fireman's Grounds. President Helen M. (Waite) Burlett offered family members greetings with the Welch phrase "Boreda" and "C. ...

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Pictured are members of the Cardinal Mindszenty High School Class of 1967 celebrating their 50th class reunion Saturday, Aug. 8 at the Clarion Hotel. “True friends are never apart — maybe in distance but never in heart.”

CMHS Class of 1967 holds ‘One and only 50th class reunion’

Dear Classmates and Friends, Many reunions ago I learned that one of the duties of a “reunion coordinator” following the reunion weekend, was to write a summary of the events and submit it along with a picture to the OBSERVER. I could do just that and I will. However, the celebration ...

Dorler-Kachermeyer reunion held at Cassadaga Legion grounds

CASSADAGA — The Dorler-Kachermeyer reunion was held on Aug. 19 at the Roger M. Torrey Park Cassadaga Legion picnic grounds. A ticket auction, a 50-50 drawing and also a bidding auction were held. There were about 60 plus in attendance at the reunion, coming from as far away as Las Vegas, ...

Jr Prom at Mindszenty

Do you remember?

Submitted Photo Pictured are some of the attendees at the Cardinal Mindszenty High School class of 1967 junior prom that was held in the high school gym in May 1966. The official title was "Oriental Paradise" but it was always referred to as "Cherry Blossom Time" because the class had to make ...

Members of the Dunkirk High School Class of 1967 pose for a group shot. Bottom: Committee members who planned the 50-year reunion for the DHS class of 1967 are pictured.

Becoming golden oldies takes time

Dunkirk High School Class of 1967 gets together for 50th reunion By DIANE RZEPKOWSKI CHODAN OBSERVER Lifestyles Contributor It can be called 50 years, five decades or half a century. In terms of the history of the earth, it's a short period. In human terms, it's pretty long. The DHS Class ...

Pia Dahl raises the Swedish flag at her home in Vaxjo, Sweden.

Exchange student returns to Dunkirk

By DIANE R. CHODAN OBSERVER Lifestyles Contributor More than five decades ago, Elisabeth Dahl, then a 17-year-old, traveled from her home in Sweden to spend a year as a member of the senior class of 1967 at Dunkirk High School. Known to her American classmates as Pia, she had already ...

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Swedish exchange student Elisabeth “Pia” Dahl (left) spent a year as a member of the Dunkirk High School Class of 1967. She is pictured with her American sister, Sarah McCroskey.

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Submitted Photo Swedish exchange student Elisabeth “Pia” Dahl (left) spent a year as a member of the Dunkirk High School Class of 1967. She is pictured with her American sister, Sarah McCroskey.

FIT WHILE AT WORK: Maintain healthy habits while on the job

Where do adults spend most of their waking hours? At their jobs! Workplace wellness programs have become commonplace in many organizations, for good reason. Many employers are realizing the benefits of encouraging healthy habits at work, with the hope that those habits become routine at ...

‘I guess I was a Little Devil’

Editor’s note: This is Chapter One 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. This story begins on a cold December day in 1891 when my mother, ...

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Members of Forest Lodge No. 166 toast the 300th anniversary of the founding of organized Freemasonry in London, on June 24, 1717.

Fredonia Masons salute 300 years of fraternalism

Some organizations and traditions are still going strong — including a local one with far-reaching ties. Dozens of members and friends of Forest Lodge No. 166 saluted the worldwide fraternity’s tricentennial and honored their brother Masons with a special toast at the Fredonia Masonic ...

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The athletic field, including a track, football field, outdoor basketball and tennis courts, along with a playground, was a staple of life for those who grew up in the 1950s and 60s. Dunkirk High School now sits on the site.

To whom it may concern

Exactly two weeks ago marked 67 years since my mother delivered me to an unsuspecting world. Didn’t think too much of it, another day, another missed putt that was eminently makeable. Grandson’s ballgame to attend, grandaughters once again amusing themselves as best they could — a good ...

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The Washington family gathered recently for the 100th family reunion in Cassadaga at the Red House. Photograph by past president John Sipos of Cassadaga.

Washington descendants gather for 100th family reunion

CASSADAGA — Descendants from the Washington family of Dunkirk met recently for their 100th annual family reunion at the Red House in Cassadaga. Steve and Nancy Wickmark of the Red House graciously welcomed the group of over 300 attendees to the reunion. Bruce Washington of Ohio, who has ...

Dunkirk-Dunquerque 46

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Picture submitted by Joseph Muscato This is a picture of the original Dunkirk to Dunquerque event in November of 1946. Joseph Muscato, 12 years old at the time, is part of the crowd pictured. Also in the picture is Mrs. Glenn, whose husband was a partner of West Drug at that time. Students ...

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Rebekah Lodge celebrates new, longest-serving members of organization

Stockton Star Rebekah Lodge 395 participated in the Fredonia History Days Parade earlier this month. Five long-standing members including Helen Piersons, a 74-year member, were joined by two new members for the event. With a combined total of 179 years of community service the ladies were very ...

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The love of her life gone forever

Editor’s note: This is the prologue of the book “My Dear Jen,” written by Rosamond Gillespie Burns and George H. Burns III. This is the second of a continuing series, which takes readers back to the struggles of World War I. Reluctantly, I followed my mother Jennie, my older brother Don ...


Kathy Fox takes her last swing with Fredonia Contra Dancers

Kathy Fox started the Fredonia First Friday Contra Dances in 1995, as a way for locals to regularly enjoy the traditional Celtic dance she grew up with in New England. Her hope was to create something that was fun, family-friendly, easily accessible, affordable, and welcomed all regardless of ...