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New owner of Curves sees spike in fitness participation

By GIB SNYDER OBSERVER Lifestyles Editor There has been a change in the women-only fitness facility at the  D&F Plaza located in the city of Dunkirk. Mia Bamonto is the new owner of Curves and is excited about the opportunity. She was asked why she bought the Dunkirk ...

Simple ways to prevent exercise injuries

Special to the OBSERVER A desire to live a healthy, active life compels many people to include exercise in their daily routines. Numerous studies have shown that regular workouts that include a combination of strength training and cardiovascular exercise can make bodies less susceptible to ...

Zumba Gold the program for beginners

Zumba Gold is a class that is specially designed to cater to the needs of beginners of all ages, active older adults, and those just starting on their fitness journey. Unlike normal Zumba classes, Zumba Gold involves moving at a slower pace, but you are in control of your own movements — ...

Dunkirk resident Ray Rzepkowski  breaks the surface of Lake Erie during the recent Polar Bear Plunge in Silver Creek

Taking the chilly plunge

When people talk about the blistering heat of the desert, they often follow it up with the explanation “but it’s a dry heat.” And it’s true. I have visited places like Colorado with dry heat; it doesn’t feel quite as hot and uncomfortable as your mind thinks that it should. A dry ...

Dr. Rebekah Frost

For Pet’s Sake

There are many pets that come and go in our lives and we will never forget or replace these pets. They will remain in our memories forever and I am certain that we will see these pets again. I know for a fact that when I walk through those pearly gates at the end of my life, I will have an ...

Familiar refrain

“Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.” That is what Edward Bulwer-Lytton said and long-time music educators Nancy and John Krestic of Silver Creek would agree. In their classrooms and in their lives, they have experienced the joy and the power of ...

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Familiar refrain

“Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.” That is what Edward Bulwer-Lytton said and long-time music educators Nancy and John Krestic of Silver Creek would agree. In their classrooms and in their lives, they have experienced the joy and the power of ...

An oil painting titled “Choco Brownie” by Susan Forrester-Mackay

SWEET ON ART

If you’re looking for something to do on Jan. 20 after the inauguration of a new president is over, consider being a part of a “fun” fundraiser for the North Shore Arts Alliance. ChocoL’Art is not a banquet with a big meal. It’s not black-tie with lots of speeches. It is a ...

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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, ...

Joshua Saye

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, ...