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Frank and Shirley DeJohn

Frank and Shirley DeJohn of Fredonia celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Here is a portion of the announcement that was published on that day in the Dunkirk OBSERVER: An altar decorated with vases of white gladioli provided the background this morning for the ...

Earl and Irene Blakely

Earl and Irene (Frederickson) Blakely celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. They were married on Aug. 17, 1957, at the Hanover Center Church in Hanover Center. Anna Frederickson (Maid of Honor) and Donald Blakely (Best Man) were in attendance with several family members and friends.

Geraldine S. (Kropat) and Ronald B. Waite

Geraldine and Ronald Waite were married on June 5, 1957, at the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Cassadaga with Father Robert Versen officiating. Their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren hosted a celebration of their wedding anniversary on Sunday, July 3. Geraldine ...

Peter and Vicki Notaro celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

Peter and Vicki Bliss Notaro were married May 27, 1972, at St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church in Fredonia. The Rev. Thomas Carlesimo was the officiant. Peter is a retired owner/optician of Precision Vision and a retired client advocate at The Resource Center. Vicki worked as the Activities ...

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Coming up…

TUESDAY, SEPT. 27 Chautauqua County IDA meeting Fredonia Technology Incubator, first floor conference room, 214 Central Ave., Dunkirk. 10 a.m., open to the public. Silver Creek Food Pantry/FeedMore WNY Mobile Food Pantry Village municipal parking lot, 172 Central Ave., Silver Creek, ...

Community notebook

Talk focuses on one-room schoolhouses SINCLAIRVILLE — The October meeting of the Valley Historical Society will be Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the Sinclairville Free Library at 7 p.m. The speaker will be the town of Ellery historian, Cherrie Clark. She will speak on the one room schoolhouses of ...

Author Timber Hawkeye at MHA Tuesday, Sept. 27

Staff and volunteers at the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County are welcoming best-selling author Timber Hawkeye to their Jamestown center on Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The host of the “Buddhist Boot Camp” podcast is on a tour across the United States to promote ...

Trenton Lutes to have meet, greet & signing events

Trenton Lutes, local artist and author from Westfield, will be on-hand for two different book signing/meet the author events coming up in the next few weeks. His first book, In-Spire: Book One of The Terra-Healers, a young adult dystopian fiction set in the distant future, performed ...

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Frank and Shirley DeJohn

Frank and Shirley DeJohn of Fredonia celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Here is a portion of the announcement that was published on that day in the Dunkirk OBSERVER: An altar decorated with vases of white gladioli provided the background this morning for the ...

Empty Bowls set to stir Oct. 1

Don’t miss out on the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser in Fredonia presented by the Chautauqua Area Potters. Empty Bowls raises awareness of the issue of hunger while supporting local food pantries for over 30 years worldwide. In its 20th year of engaging the local community in this effort, ...

Gowanda native takes BOCES post

Erie 1 BOCES Board of Education has appointed Gowanda native Anedda Trautman as the assistant superintendent of instructional services. Trautman will oversee the divisions of Career and Technical Education, Exceptional Education and Workforce Development. As the assistant superintendent, she ...

PVCS welcomes author to start year

SOUTH DAYTON — Faculty and staff from Pine Valley Central School had the chance to refocus their mindset heading into the 2022-23 school year thanks to a visit from renowned educator and author Ruby K. Payne. Dr. Payne, who holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from ...

Achievement | VIEW ALL

DMS announces honor, merit rolls

HONOR ROLL Sixth grade: Celeste Batista, Noah Brandt, Michael Brzozowski, Jiana Cave, Aries Cheverez, Grace Cicelske, Zaira Cooper, Suhliana Costa, Carmelo Davis, Anahi DeJesus, Brady Dobek, Lucas Felt, Anderson Francisco Felipe, Brayden Jaquith, Liana Jimenez, Selena Johnson, Sean Kelly, ...

WACS middle school honor roll announced

WESTFIELD — The Westfield Academy and Central Schools have announced the middle school honor rolls. MERIT ROLL: Students earning an average of 85.00-89.499% are awarded recognition by having their names placed on the Merit Roll. The following middle school students make up the Merit Roll ...

Fredonia Middle School honors announced

Fredonia Middle School officials have released the honor roll for the fourth quarter of the 2020-21 school year. They are: Fifth Grade: Mikayla Ambrose, Delaney Artrip, Hayden Babar, Alexia Baez, Gracey Brundage, Alessandra Bugaj, Annabelle Caraballo, Jethduan Cordova-Olmo, McKenna Crawford, ...

Just between us …

Taylor Smith of Gowanda graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a BS in chemical engineering. ... Rochester Institute of Technology announced its spring 2021 Dean’s List. Included were: Benjamin Kyte of Fredonia, who is in the business administration-management program. Jared ...

Births | VIEW ALL

Naomi Ray Steinhoff

Naomi Ray Steinhoff was born at 6:53 a.m. Friday, June 24, 2022. She weighed 2 pounds, one ounce and is 15 inches long. The parents are Quintina Steinhoff and Jacob Steinhoff of Stockton. Grandparents are LaVonne Carpenter and Michael Carpenter of Brocton and Alan Steinhoff and Valerie Higgs of ...

Birth: Bodhi Robert Adamowicz

Bodhi Robert Adamowicz was born on Nov. 10, 2021, in Oishei Childrens Hospital to Colby and Nicole Adamowicz. He weighed 7 pounds and 1 ounce at 19 3/4 inches. Proud sister Harper Adamowicz. Grandparents are Brad Pachol, Amy Ricotta, Aaron Ricotta, Marv Cummings, Vicki Cummings and Cathy Cummings.

Connor Brooks Kies

Philip and Shelby Kies welcomed an infant son, Connor Brooks Kies, on Dec. 14, 2020, at Magee Womens UPMC Hamot, in Erie, Pa. Grandparents are Tore and Beverly Arvidson of Bemus Point, Monika (Howard) Miller-Kies of Groveland, Fl, and John (Ahmed) Kies of Erie, Pa.

Zander Ives Golem

Zander Ives Golem was born in his Dunkirk home at home on November 14, 2020. Zander was born into his mother Evan Golem’s arms, while being supported by her husband Eric Golem and her mother, Lynn Hoth. Zander weighed 8lbs 13oz and was 21.5 inches long. The home birth was attended by Jennifer ...

Engagements | VIEW ALL

Julie Elizabeth Arnold and Zachary Raymond Sanders

Julie Elizabeth Arnold and Zachary Raymond Sanders, together with their families, announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of John and Carol Arnold of Fredonia. She is a 2010 graduate of Fredonia High School, and 2014 graduate of The College at Brockport. She earned her ...

Laura Woods and Jeffrey Mulkin

Together with their families, Laura Woods and Jeffrey Mulkin are happy to announce their engagement. Laura is the daughter of Colleen Vanderzyden and Steven Woods of Fredonia. She is a 2013 graduate of Fredonia High School, 2016 graduate of Susquehanna University with a bachelor’s in ...

Sierra Cross and Kevin Rocque

Ralph and Margaret Cross of Leon announce the engagement of their daughter, Sierra Harleigh, to Kevin Michael Rocque, the son of Timothy and Ruthann Rocque of Silver Creek. Miss Cross is a graduate of Pine Valley Central School, St. Bonaventure University, and the State University of ...

T.J. Harrie and Suzanne Teta

David and Renee Teta of St. Augustine, Fla., announce the engagement of their daughter Suzanne Teta to T.J.Harris, both of Jacksonville, Fla., and originally from Dunkirk. T.J. is the son of Tony and Patti Harris of Jacksonville, Fla. Teta is a graduate of the University of North Florida and ...

Religion | VIEW ALL

Chautauqua Institution names religious life leaders

CHAUTAUQUA — Chautauqua Institution has appointed two new religious leaders. Melissa Spas, acting director of the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, has been named the institution’s new vice president of religion. The ...

Trinity UCC Gowanda welcomes Pastor Jess Kacalski

Pastor Jess Kacalski has been named Trinity UCC’s transitional part time pastor. She started at the church at the end of January and has office hours Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kacalski has been coming to Trinity for many years, first as vacation pulpit supply then as pulpit supply ...

The Advent of our Lord – do not reject this great gift

Many Christian denominations (although not all) observe the Season of Advent during the four Sundays before Christmas. Advent means arrival, appearance or coming. During Advent the Christian focus is on the coming of Christ. Specifically, how Christ came to us in the past, how Christ ...

V. Gene Robinson to retire from Chautauqua Institution

CHAUTAUQUA — Chautauqua Institution has announced the retirement of the Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson as vice president of religion and senior pastor, effective Dec. 31. Details of a national search for his successors in both roles will be shared shortly. Robinson joined the institution ...

Weddings | VIEW ALL

Mr. and Mrs. Caleb Hiller

Haley Starr Halas of Fredonia and Caleb Clark Hiller of Frewsburg were united in marriage at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at the Den Adelsman’s Klub in Gerry, NY. The wedding was officiated by Kory Hiller. The bride is the daughter of William Halas and Danielle Yuengert of Fredonia. ...

Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Steele

Jennifer Moch and Kyle Steele were united in marriage on Friday, March 12, 2021 during an outdoor ceremony at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park in Tampa, Fla. The bride is the daughter of Jim and Lisa Moch of Fredonia. The groom is the son of Craig and Tonya Steele of Columbia, Ill. The bride ...

Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Gostomski

Gwen K. Stokes and Matthew S. Gostomski were united in marriage on May 23, 2021 at the home of the bride’s grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Josef Powell in Conewango Valley. The double-ring ceremony was performed by Reverend James LaBarr and Pastor Will Lowry. The bride is the daughter of Thomas ...

Mr. and Mrs. Ryan M. Scott

Meghan E. Gallivan and Ryan M. Scott were united in marriage on April 24, 2021, at the home of the bride’s parents with the father of the bride officiating. The bride is the daughter of Edward and Lisa Gallivan of Silver Creek. The groom is the son of Michael and Karen Scott of Rochester. ...

Senior News | VIEW ALL

August birthdays celebrated

Submitted Photo August birthday participants at the Dunkirk Senior Center include, from left, row one: Nancy Woloszyn, Mary C. Miller, Linda Mignoli, Paula Vogt, Donna Teeter, Bina Loftus, Tony Trippi, Jenny Naruszewicz. Row two are Carol Lajewski, Ron Krystofiak, Jerri Frank, Liz ...

Silver Creek Seniors hold meetings

SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Seniors met on Sept. 13 with 29 members present. President Ed Newman opened the meeting with the Pledge to the Flag and all singing “God Bless America.” Chaplin Pauline Flitt read “A Prayer for Farmers” and offered a blessing for all present and the ...

Brocton-Portland Seniors ready for Sept. 27 meeting

BROCTON — On Aug. 30, 33 members of the Brocton-Portland seniors met at the John Dill American Legion Post. Jean Jaquith, Vice President, opened the meeting. Laurel Giambra led the Pledge of Allegiance, and Tom DeJoe said the prayer. A guest, Douglas Chantel, joined the club for his first ...

Grape Belt Seniors eye trips

Grape Belt Seniors meet for aerobics and weights class on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Masonic Lodge in Fredonia from 9 to 10 a.m. you do need to be a member to attend. The next day trip is set for Sept. 22 and we are going to Niagara On The Lake to see the Tony Award Winner “Damn ...

Entertainment | VIEW ALL

Opera House Cinema series to present ‘A Love Song’

The next film in the Cinema Series at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center is the affectingly humanistic “A Love Song.” It will be screened Saturday and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Providing a brilliant (and too-rare) showcase for veteran actors Dale Dickey and Wes Studi, “A ...

Freedonia Marxonia to be celebrated

Music and the Marx Brothers is the focus of Freedonia Marxonia 2022, which will be a hybrid event held Thursday and Friday at the State University of New York at Fredonia. The Marx Brothers were comedic stars of vaudeville, Broadway, movies, radio, and television in the first part of the 20th ...

Marxonia celebration set for Fredonia 1891 Opera House

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center will present two events as part of the State University of New York at Fredonia’s annual Freedonia Marxonia celebration. “Animal Crackers,” the Marx Brothers’ 1930 classic comedy, will be screened on Thursday at 7 p.m. The following ...

Trenton Lutes to have meet, greet & signing events

Trenton Lutes, local artist and author from Westfield, will be on-hand for two different book signing/meet the author events coming up in the next few weeks. His first book, In-Spire: Book One of The Terra-Healers, a young adult dystopian fiction set in the distant future, performed ...

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Music tonight in S. Dayton

SOUTH DAYTON — Music in the South Dayton Gazebo by Band of Brothers Country & Oldies will be presented at 6:30 p.m. today. At 7 p.m., young attendees can enjoy an art craft Kid Art-Finger Painting for all ages with Sue Bradigan. The art craft table is set up outside the Depot. This art ...

OsbornNash to perform Sunday on Cassadaga Floating Stage

CASSADAGA — On Sunday, July 10, OsbornNash will be performing on the Cassadaga Floating Stage 5-7 p.m.. Come by land or by boat. Bring a chair, blanket and a cooler and be ready to be wowed by this dynamic duo. OsbornNash has been capturing the attention of audiences from Western New York ...

Former students invited to participate in Dr. David Evans tribute concert

Former Vocal and Choral students of the late State University of New York at Fredonia Emeritus Professor David Evans are invited and encouraged to join the Chamber and College Choirs in a tribute concert to Dr. Evans on Thursday, May 5, at 8 p.m., in King Concert Hall. The final selection, ...

Acclaimed pianist to premiere student compositions in Rosch concert

New works by eight State University of New York at Fredonia student composers will be premiered by pianist Clare Longendyke at a concert that serves as the capstone event to a year-long creative entrepreneurship residency with the ETHOS New Music Society in Rosch Recital Hall on Saturday, March ...