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Happy 91st birthday celebrated with party

On Oct. 5, four generations joined the celebration of Richard William Burlett’s 91st birthday. Clockwise from the top are son Richard W. the second; grandson, Richard W. the third; great-grandsons Maxton and Matten Burlett. Also in attendance were son, Alan Burlett; grandson A.J. and wife ...

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Pictured is the 1968 Dunkirk Recreation League Class B Fastpitch softball championship Snyder Realty team. In front is bat boy Mike Dudek. First row from left: Chuck Dudek, Jim Ostrye, Jim McGraw, Jerry Falco, Gib Snyder, Jack Anderson and Tom Ronan. Back row: Dave Szczerbacki, Tom Jakubiec, Ang Terese, Fritz Koch, Tom Murray, Bill Hammond and Mike Flynn.

Do You Remember?

Submitted Photo Pictured is the 1968 Dunkirk Recreation League Class B Fastpitch softball championship Snyder Realty team. In front is bat boy Mike Dudek. First row from left: Chuck Dudek, Jim Ostrye, Jim McGraw, Jerry Falco, Gib Snyder, Jack Anderson and Tom Ronan. Back row: Dave ...

We’ve got it wrong about birds

There are some nature facts that people recite by rote.  Things like “Birds go south in the winter.” and “Birds migrate to warmer places to spend the winter.”  These facts have been repeated so often that they are taken for granted. In fact, they are mostly true, but people ...

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Westfield-Mayville Rotary Scholars of the Month were honored on Dec. 20. From left are: Logan Kelley of Brocton Central School, Maximillian McKee of Chautauqua Lake Central School, and Jani Barney of Westfield Academy and Central School.

Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club honors its Scholars of the Month

WESTFIELD — At the Dec. 20 meeting of the Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville, Logan Kelley of Brocton Central School, Maximillian McKee of Chautauqua Lake Central School, and Jani Barney of Westfield Academy and Central School received recognition as “Scholars of the Month.” Rotarians ...

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The 33 graduates of the 2016 School of Practical Nursing of the Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES celebrated commencement recently in the Scharmann Theatre at Jamestown Community College. Back row standing: Instructor Amanda Merchant, David Price, Ryker Maddox, Angel Echevarria, Amy Nowell, Royal Attard, Megan Attard, Meagan Livermore, Mary O’Donnell, Celina Eggleston, Rachael Rugg, Brigetta Borkwoski and instructor Michelle Johnson-Anderson. Middle row: Amber Conklin, Alana Stafford, Shannon Patrizi, Dawn Johnson, Melissa Brown, Jessica Banes, Christina DeLong, Jolean Scott, Amber Lucas, Angela Ortiz, and Lacy Cabisca. Front row: Meagan Jude, Nicole Oste, Mara May Batson, Mary Jane Mizner, Chelsey Johnson, Danielle Parker, Amber Caylor, Tyrina Wheaton, Breanna Crouse, Ashley LaPlante, and Elizabeth Heston.

A fresh start for 33 new nurses feted at graduation

JAMESTOWN — One by one they filed into the Scharmann Theatre at Jamestown Community College, each clad in a pristine, starch-white uniform and clutching a perfect yellow rose before taking their seats on stage. The 33 graduates of the 2016 School of Practical Nursing of the Erie ...

Just Between Us

...Chautauqua County resident Bret Weaver of Forestville has been awarded a $1,000 “Alumni Scholarship” to attend Alfred State. He is slated to graduate in 2017 from Forestville Central School and intends to enroll in the undeclared major program. The “Alumni Scholarship” is awarded to ...

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Dunkirk High School students who competed in the Junior Achievement of WNY Stock Market Challenge are seen wearing their Stock Market Challenge t-shirts.

DHS students in stock market challenge

Dunkirk High School business students from Donna Pucciarelli’s Jamestown Community College personal finance class recently competed in the eighth annual Stock Market Challenge at the Buffalo Convention Center, sponsored by Junior Achievement of WNY. Five teams, with four students on each ...

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Do you Remember?

Do You Remember? submissions are accepted during normal business hours at the OBSERVER newsroom. Pictured is the 1954-55 Dunkirk High School New York State Section VI Class AA champions. Pictured from left in front row: A. Indelicato, F. Mignoli, D. Reber, J. Eden, D. DeRider, H. Begier, ...

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Dunkirk student achieves top ACT score

Joshua Saye, son Allie and Steven Saye, and a senior at Dunkirk High School,  earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36. On average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the United States high school graduating class of 2016, only 2,235 ...

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Dunkirk School 3 Students of the Month

The following Dunkirk School Three students were selected by their teachers as Students of the Month for December. Front row: Angel Serrano, Dhanialise DeLeon, Ryley Andrews, Miles Piche, Jeymi Roblero Zunun, Joel Gonzalez, Zasha Torres Fernandez and Ian Serrano. Second row: Mateo Francisco, ...

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November 4-H SuperYouth Melinda Waag modeling her winning Make it with Wool entry at the 2016 Chautauqua County Fair.

4-H SuperYouth: Melinda Waag

JAMESTOWN — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s 4-H Youth Development Program connects youth to hands-on learning opportunities that help them grow into competent, caring, contributing members of society. In an effort to recognize the great things that 4-H youth accomplish, ...

Keeping blood pressure under control is important, particularly when a person has other medical issues such as diabetes.

Be careful with diabetes

A diagnosis of diabetes brings with it many changes in how people with the disease live their lives. Suddenly you are monitoring blood glucose, adopting different eating habits, and adjusting to additional medications. With so much new information to process, it’s no wonder that people with ...

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Top: Officer Douglas Switzer reads to students. Above right: Pictured are the student ambassadors that escorted the police officers to the classrooms. Front row: Charlie Sutherland, Hans Lemiszko, Zaira Cooper, Jessica Maines, Jayden Kenner, Janaya Nazario and Mariusz Dobek. Back row: Officer Brian Dietzen, Sgt. Chris Witkowski, Officer Douglas Switzer, Officer Joseph Carruth, Sgt. Mark Gruber, Chief David Ortolano. This was the third Annual Dunkirk Police Department Reader Day at School 7. Above left: A thank you from a student.

Reading leads to knowledge

The Dunkirk Police Department again this year will be involved with the Police Department Reader Day Program. The program started at School 7 on Dec. 1 and will continue with one elementary school each month through March. Research shows that there is a direct correlation between the ...

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TRUE HOLIDAY COLORS

OBSERVER Photos by Gib Snyder Christmas decorating was done by more than a few homeowners in the local area. Pictured are some of the results. Clockwise from top are 625 McKinley Ave., 317 Dove St., 43 Kosciuszko Ave., 21 Bradish St. and 20 Bradish St.

Magic of Christmas in a village and a tree

By Linda (Kuzara) Siragusa If ever there was a magical village, it was under our Christmas tree each holiday season. Boxes and boxes were brought down from the attic, along with bags and bags of fluffy white snow. The entire room was cleared. It would make way for the huge Christmas ...

Mr. and Mrs. Jake Richards

Mr. and Mrs. Jake Richards Kathryn Ann Bartkowiak and Jake Orion Richards exchanged wedding vows and rings on Oct. 15, 2016, at Kings Chapel in Arrington, Tennessee. The ceremony was officiated by Pastor Robert Wilson of Oklahoma. The pianist was Lucy Hurley of Fredonia. The bride is the ...

Christine (Butcher) Charles and Brian Wojcinski

Christine (Butcher) Charles and Brian Wojcinski Christine (Butcher) Charles and Brian Wojcinski, both of Dunkirk, together with their families, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Donald and Peggy Butcher of Perrysburg and Deborah and Steve Szymanski of South ...

Dunkirk School 5 Students of the Month

Submitted Photo Dunkirk Elementary School 5 recently honored its November Students of the Month at a morning assembly. Building Administrator David Boyda presented certificates to the following students for their outstanding behavior and caring attitude. Michael Brzozowski was represented at ...

Forestville Elementary Students of the Month

Submitted Photo The following students have been selected as Forestville Elementary School Students of the Week for the month of December. They were chosen because of their exemplary student/role-model qualities: respect, friendship, hard work and citizenship. Back row: Madison Christian, ...

Elementary school students and staff walk and read to help Haiti

SILVER CREEK — Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti in October 2016 and inspired acts of kindness and charity at Silver Creek Central Elementary School. Fifth-grader Jorge Hasbun led the charge in the “Helping Haiti” fundraiser by inviting students in pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade, ...