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Dawn  Bliss (eventually Ingham), left, and sister Vicki Bliss (eventually Notaro), right,  are enchanted by Santa in the mid ‘50s.

Hometown school put emphasis on ho-ho-holiday

I was raised on a fruit farm in Orleans County, about 100 miles from here. The county is rural, and has only five school systems. Our home was a good half hour away from the city of Rochester. Christmastime was a peaceful, simple, beautiful time for me. There were classic carols on the record ...

From left, Gregory Sek, new director of Dunkirk Senior Citizens; Karen Sek, project volunteer; Patty Pleszewski, secretary of Dunkirk Senior Citizens; Carol Kozlowski, co-president of Dunkirk Senior Citizens. Gary Haase, co-president of Dunkirk High Sports Boosters Club; Joanne Michalski, co-president of Dunkirk High Sports Boosters Club; Carol Ahlstrom, secretary of Dunkirk High Sports Boosters; and Lori Haase, Dunkirk High Sports Boosters Club committee worker.

WINNING SPIRIT

Editor’s note: This article was submitted by Carol Kozlowski, Dunkirk Senior Citizens Coordinator on Tuesday, Dec. 6. She passed away on Saturday, Dec. 10. This story is about a gift that keeps on giving. Barbara Bajdas and Carol Kozlowski, co-coordinators of the Dunkirk Senior Center, ...

Chautauqua Lake Students of the Month

Students of the Month at Chautauqua Lake Central School, honored for October achievements, are Brittany Fardink, Josephine Simora, Grace Bukowski, Peyton D’Anthony, Grace Seekings, and David Gard. The student recognition program honors students in grades 7 through 12 whose classroom ...

Westfield Middle School Students of the Month

On a monthly basis, Westfield Middle School honors one student at each grade level as the Student of the Month. Teachers and staff had the opportunity to nominate one student who they believed met the following criteria: 1.   Follows Westfield’s Rules of Respect for staff and ...

Silver Creek High lauds Knights of the Month

SILVER CREEK – Four upperclassmen and one staff member of the Silver Creek Central School District were selected as Knights of the Month for November for embodying the character trait of gratefulness. As defined by the Character Council of Western New York, the November Knights of the ...

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School 4 Students of the Month

School 4’s Students of the Month for September are as follows: Front Row: Aubriana Biscaro, Genesis Reyes, Laci Delcamp, Ryan McFarland, Shawn Piglowski, Brendan Worczak, and Parker Sheehan. Back Row: Madelynn Waite, Peter Felt, Theodore Roberts, Jaylen McMichael, Sarah Howard, Antonella Segura

Rick Turner will be the guest speaker at the Allegheny Highlands Eagle Scout Dinner on Sunday, Jan. 8 at Saint Bonaventure University.

Gathering of Eagle Scouts announced

The Allegheny Highlands Council is planning to recognize its 2016 Class of Eagle Scouts on Sunday, Jan. 8 at Saint Bonaventure University. The dinner includes the 37 young men who distinguished themselves by earning the prestigious award this year, their parents and Scoutmaster, and key council ...

Michael Drezek

Lake Shore’s Drezek named 2016 NYSCATE Outstanding Teacher

Angola Lake Shore District Technology Integrator Michael Drezek was recently named the New York State Association for Computers and Technologies (NYSCATE) in Education 2016 Outstanding Teacher. Drezek, who has worked at Lake Shore for the past 12 years, has spent the past two working closely ...

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Winterberry Holly is a native shrub found in wet areas but can also be a colorful addition to a garden. Only the female plants produce the attractive red berries.

The color of winter

After the glorious warm fall colors and before the white blanket of freshly fallen snow our landscape in western New York and Pennsylvania appears very drab. Even after the blanket of snow loses its freshness, the natural world seems full of grays and browns and more grays. However, ‘tis ...

Collectors search for iron Christmas tree stands in unusual shapes

All the early Christmas trees were freshly cut trees from a nearby forest. By the 19th century in America, the fresh trees were brought into a church or home and decorated. But it was a problem to keep the tree upright and without water it quickly dried out and lost its needles. In 1876, a ...

This is Louis Chianella, age 2, when seeing Santa for his annual visit!

It could be Santa Claus!

Looking at photos of Christmases past always reminds me of those first trips to see Santa Claus, either at a department store, a Christmas gathering, or sometimes a relative’s house. As my children and grandchildren grew older, they may have asked about the authenticity of the Santa they were ...

Friend was always there, especially at holidays

Nov. 23, 2016 I lost a close friend – Joey LaDolce of Fredonia. He obviously knew God was calling his name because they found him holding his Bible on his chest. His family lived across the street from my family on Canary Street in Dunkirk when we were children. I used to babysit Joey ...

Santa Claus traverses Christmas past, present and future, bringing joy to children. Here he asks Emerson Dodd, 4, if she was a good girl this year. Emerson is the daughter of Tonja and Damian of Westfield; granddaughter of Donna and Dave Nichols of Gerry and Lynn and Larry Dutton of Hagerstown, Md.

Celebrate youth, singing, Christ at the holidays

My story probably sounds familiar to many readers. I grew up in the country when we could always count on snow for Christmas – in fact, unbeknownst to me it was one of the snowiest lands in the US, averaging 200-pus inches a year and where the roads were snow-covered for at least three ...

Diane Chodan, front and center, played the role of the Christmas tree in first grade.

A stage in my life

I attended School 6 in Dunkirk from 1954 to 1961. As Christmas approached, seasonal activities were plentiful. Students busily constructed red and green chains, learned how to cut out snowflakes, and colored pictures. Teachers came up with ideas for Christmas presents we could make for our ...

Simple day of special season remains treasured memory

I love Christmas. It has nothing to do with the hunt for the ultimate bargain, the battling crowds at malls or wrapping presents for hours on end. It simply is the feel of  the Christmas season. Houses lit up with unimaginable decorations, a simple wreath placed on a door, antlers on a ...

Fending off the storms of life

Picture this scenario: Businessman, dressed to the nines, every hair in place as he squints through the sleet making his way down a sidewalk in a cold and blustery storm. In an effort to keep himself looking crisp and composed, he reaches for the umbrella in his briefcase, and throws it ...