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Audubon Community Nature Center seeks volunteers for Snowflake Festival

JAMESTOWN — Audubon Community Nature Center is seeking sponsors and volunteers for its winter celebration, the Snowflake Local Living Festival, Feb. 2, 2019. This longest-running of Audubon’s festivals showcases local and sustainable living skills and product demonstrations as well as ...

Car hits home in Fredonia

A car damaged a portion of a home at 10 Houghton St. in Fredonia. The incident occurred before 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Fredonia police and fire were on the scene. https://www.facebook.com/113734138654900/posts/2385892458105712/

Be careful what you wish for …

The year was 1958 and Christmas was rapidly approaching for 7-year-old “Bugsy” (the name given to me by the boys on my block). Even at that tender age, I was already a tomboy. No dolls for me. No siree. My wonderful grandma would always gift me with whatever doll was currently in vogue ...

Baking for the holidays

Those who know me well know that a diet to me around the holidays means ... saving room for dessert! My family like many others has changed over time. When I was a kid I had what seemed to me like a big Italian family and a big German family. When you’re small, everything seems bigger but ...

The real trees are the ones that last

There is something about the predictability of an artificial tree that I do enjoy. There is no trail of pine needles leading from the front door to the living room, no excessive vacuuming required, no sticky sap and no wrestling with a tree stand. Artificial trees, especially the pre-lit ...

A lifetime in evergreen

Stepping into my parents house at Christmas is like ripping a page from a Better Homes and Gardens magazine. The intricacies are inescapable, from the oversized nativity imported from England, to the wooden banister draped in evergreen boughs and poinsettia, every inch of their home is covered ...

Memories of grief

Not every Christmas season is a happy one. For my family, 1960 was tinged with sadness. It was especially difficult for my mom. Not many memories of that year are particularly vivid. It amazes me what I do remember and what I don’t. Thinking about it, I know I was 11 years old and in sixth ...

Celebrating kidney transplant 20 years later

My best Christmas memory began on Christmas Eve, 1998. My husband, Jeff George, and I along with our two children, Jessica and Kelsey, were just returning home from a Christmas Eve celebration at the home of my parents, Jan and Gorman Saunders. It was around 11:30 p.m. when we heard the ...

How Grandma showed us her love

Growing up, I spent every Christmas Eve at my Grandma Mary Pencek’s house on Ocelot Street in Dunkirk. She served Wigilia, the traditional Polish Christmas Eve dinner. I remember relatives, Polish food, presents from extended family, dress-up sweaters that were too hot for me, and ...

A Christmas Mural

I might imagine Christmas as a kind of collage with scattered, scarcely related or even random pictures from my life. Or better, a series of paintings. Or better yet, a single mural covering the walls of a hallway as long as I am old, filled with audible pictures that (I am stealing from J.K. ...

Through the eyes of a child

How simple and exciting Christmas was back in the 1960s for my siblings and me. We were celebrating Advent customs of lighting the candles on the wreath and doing good deeds to put hay in the manger to soften the bed for Jesus’ arrival, while anticipating Christmas activities! We looked ...

Christmas memories and the Christian faith

When in graduate school in the mid-90s I met a good friend who also became my roommate, Rajee. Rajee was from India and practiced the Hindu faith — and yet she absolutely loved Christmas — she loved it mostly because of the hope, wonder and joy it seemed to bring to everyone. Rajee bought a ...

Barker Library presents: Young adult paint night

Barker Library presents: Young adult paint night, Monday, Dec. 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the library, 7 Day St., Fredonia. Paint something jolly with instruction from friends in the Fredonia High School Art Honor Society! Looking for that perfect holiday gift? Paint someone a snowman! For ...

I-90 crash involves tractor trailers

OBSERVER Photo by Dan Kohler An accident occurred Friday around 4 p.m. on I-90 West in the town of Portland involving two tractor trailers. Details of the crash were not released, however a helicopter was called. Responding agencies included the Brocton, Fredonia and Westfield fire ...

Dealing with cyber crime

Jarod Koopman, director of cyber crime with the Department of the Treasury IRS-criminal investigation, speaks to about 70 people in attendance regarding cybersecurity for today's digital world. The event was held at the Clarion Hotel Marina and Conference Center on Friday and focused on how ...

Mobile home in Ellery destroyed by fire

ELLERY — A family of four needs the community’s help after their home was destroyed Friday morning by fire. Firefighters from five area volunteer departments responded to a fire around 9:15 a.m. Friday at 42 Second St. in the High Acres Mobile Home Back in Ellery. Witnesses reported ...

Sinclairville man charged in attempted car wash theft

LAKEWOOD — A Sinclairville man is in trouble with the law after breaking into change machines at a local car wash. Lakewood-Busti police report Merle C. Smith, 37, of 3109 Old Chautauqua Road, was seen by officers attempting to take change at East Fairmount Avenue. He was charged with ...

Silver Creek Middle/High  School Honor & Credit Roll

Honor Roll (90-100 percent) Quarter 1 – November 2018 Sixth Grade Honor Roll Kimora Berry, Gohaodiyo Black, Travis Brennan, Jonathan Castle, Gavin Defries, Michael Dispenza, Aubrey Domres, Gary Dudek III, Jacquelyn Flick, Jayden Fox, Dylan Franklin, Marissa Grisanti, Brady Helmer, ...

Pearl Harbor Day Ceremonies today

SILVER CREEK – Pearl Harbor Day services will be held Friday, Dec. 7 at 10:55 a.m. by the VFW Samuel Cimino Post 6472 13 N. Main St., Silver Creek. The public is invited to a special ceremony for the 77th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day. The Post commemoration and memorial service is an ...

North Collins High school to hold grand opening of new makerspace

North Collins Jr. Sr. High school has announced the Grand Opening of their brand new makerspace. On Dec. 11 from 6-8 p.m., the community will gather to view a video presentation before several local and regional dignitaries, including NYS Assemblyman David DiPietro, North Collins Town Mayor ...